How to Lower Your Risk for Recurrent UTIs

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can result in an immensely unpleasant collection of symptoms, including: burning, itching, painful urination, abdominal pain, and feeling like you have to run to the bathroom every 30 seconds. 

This is all even worse when your UTIs keep coming back

Dr. Leroy Charles, expert OB/GYN at Women’s Pavilion of the Palm Beaches, has helped many patients get rid of their UTIs for good by discovering the root cause (or causes) and giving them a prevention plan that’ll work for life. 

Reasons you might get recurrent UTIs

There are several reasons your UTIs might keep coming back. Some of the most common include dehydration, sexual activity, certain types of birth control, and the way you wipe after using the restroom.

Your hydration habits

Staying hydrated is one easy way to reduce your risk of UTIs (and improve your overall health!).

Your sex life

Sexual activity can increase your risk of UTIs. Though it may sound like a myth, urinating after sex can actually help to flush out bacteria that may have entered your urethra during sex.

Your birth control

For some women, certain types of birth control can increase their risk of UTIs. This usually happens when women use diaphragms, which can put pressure on the urethra and prevent you from fully emptying your bladder.

Your bathroom habits

Your wiping habits in the bathroom may actually be a contributor to recurrent UTIs. If you wipe back-to-front, you could be pushing bacteria close to your urethra, which can lead to infection. 

Reduce your risk of recurrent UTIs

Dr. Charles can help you develop a prevention plan to lower (and hopefully eliminate) your risk of recurrent UTIs. The first step is to come in for a consultation, during which Dr. Charles asks about your history of UTIs, along with other health-related questions. 

Be prepared to talk about your sexual activity, bathroom habits, and more — the best prevention plan is one that encompasses all possible factors. 

Dr. Charles may recommend taking preventive antibiotics or a daily probiotic to encourage healthy bacteria and discourage bad bacteria from accumulating. You may want to consider changes to your birth control if it's a contributor. 

Get in touch with the Women’s Pavilion of the Palm Beaches office in Greenacres, Florida, for UTI treatment or more prevention tips. Call 561-264-2055 or book your appointment online. You can also send a message to Dr. Charles and the team here on the website.

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