According to research, women are more prone to urinary tract infection as compared to men.

A study published on the Sultan Qaboos University Medical journal shows that around 50-60% women develop UTI at least once in their life time.

As such, it is crystal clear that UTIs are very common among women and every woman must therefore be very cautious with their health.

UTIs can be very stubborn especially when they keep on recurring. However, women can practice some precautions to avoid catching these dreaded infections:

1. Drink lots of water

We all do not like water but hey, you got to take the recommended eight ounces of water each day. Water does not only dehydrate your body but also makes you visit the bathroom more frequently. Visiting the bathroom frequently helps in removing any bacteria that could be building up around the urinary tract.

2. Wear the right garments

Do justice to your private parts by dressing them correctly. Be sure to avoid too tight garments to avoid moisture accumulation around your genitals. Also, cotton undergarments are recommended as they allow moisture to escape unlike other fabrics that hold back moisture creating a conducive environment for bacteria to breed.

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3. Wash and pee before and after sex

Peeing before sex ensures that any bacteria that could be present in the bladder is flushed out while peeing and washing after sex ensures that any bacteria introduced during sex is eliminated. On the other hand, washing before sex prevents transferring bacteria to the urethra and the vagina during sex.

4. Don’t hold back urine

Every time you feel that your bladder is full, do not hesitate to visit the bathroom.  This will make sure that any bacteria present in the urinary tract is flushed out as early as possible to avoid infections.

5. Douching

Douche - Douching lowers the vagina's PH

In as much as women claim that douching makes them feel cleaner and fresher, it increases the chances of contracting a urinary tract information. This s because the douching products interfere the PH of the vagina exposing it to infections.