aneye4apicture via Flickr

aneye4apicture via Flickr

Very few women will go through life without having one bladder infection. Many more of us will have multiple UTIs (urinary tract infections) in the course of our lives and you know what a pain that can be.

The female anatomy is the primary reason for our propensity for getting those stingers. The urethra, the vagina and the anus are all in one plane, inches from each other making cross contamination extremely easy.

Does that mean that you just throw up your hands and accept the onslaught of bladder infections? Absolutely not.

Here are some tried and true ways to limiting your chances of coming down with a UTI:

1. Wipe from front to back ALWAYS.

The most sterile place down there is the urethral opening where urine comes out from. The filthiest place, you guessed right – the anus. Wiping from back to front contaminates your sterile pee with bacteria from your poop. Yuck!

2. Drink plenty of water to flush out your urinary tracts at all times.

3. Do not hold your urine. We all get into that habit as little girls and continue on that way. Holding your urine is just like leaving milk outside. Both get run over by bacteria and get spoiled.

If you do come down with a UTI, seek medical care early.

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Dr. Bola

Dr. Bola

Family physician. Works for the "man" by day, wife & mom 24/7.
Loves the work of translating "medicalese" to plain english.

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