UTI Prevention

Urinary tract infections are one of the great literal and figurative pains in this world, and UTI prevention is at the top of mind for those of us who suffer from frequent UTIs.

UTIs are caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract, and binding with your urinary wall. If you get a UTI, you need antibiotics to treat the infection. But overusing antibiotics can lead to other infections, like yeast infections, and increase your risk of developing a resistance to antibiotics in the long run. For most people, the right UTI prevention habits and solutions can really help break the cycle of recurring UTIs.

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How to prevent a UTI

There are a handful of ways you can help your body boost its natural defenses against urinary tract infections:

  • • Stay well hydrated. Urination is your body’s best natural defense against UTIs, and the better hydrated you are the better your body can fend for itself.
  • • Urinate immediately and fully — don’t hold it in. Go to the bathroom regularly and flush bad bacteria out of your urinary tract. Make sure you completely emptied your bladder and clean from front to back.
  • • Avoid baths if you’re especially prone to UTIs and opt for showers instead.
  • • Urinate soon after having sex to flush out bacteria.
  • • Wear cotton underwear for maximum breathability.
  • • Evaluate your birth control options if you’re suffering from repeat UTIs. Diaphragm, unlubricated condoms or spermicidal jelly for contraception may increase the risk of developing a UTI.
  • • Try to avoid or dramatically limit consuming items which increase your bladder pH. This includes sugar, processed and pre-packaged ready-made items, caffeine, alcohol, dairy products, red meat and other animal protein, fish, lots of corn, wheat, and potatoes.
  • • If you are post-menopausal, speak with your physician about how your hormonal changes could be impacting your risk of UTIs. Some physicians recommend estrogen supplements to help.
  • • Drink Uqora, a preventive drink mix that can help you fight off bacteria and improve urinary health. Uqora’s active ingredients help hinder bacteria from adhering to the urethral wall. Uqora also helps you flush out bacteria quickly and supports the immune system with fighting off UTIs.

Can antibiotics help with UTI prevention?

Physicians often recommend using antibiotics to prevent UTIs, not just treat them. It is worth noting that while prophylactic antibiotics are effective in staving of UTIs, using antibiotics to prevent UTIs can have serious drawbacks.

For one, while antibiotics do strip our body of the bad bacteria that can cause UTIs, they also strip our body of the good bacteria we need to keep a balanced vagina. Without good bacteria, yeast infections can more easily set in.

Additionally, while antibiotics kill almost all the bacteria in question, it doesn’t always kill all the bacteria. When some bacteria are able to survive antibiotics, that bacteria develop resistance to the drug. As the resistant bacteria reproduce, they give rise to new populations that are similarly resistant. Pretty soon, that bacteria could have given rise to entire generations of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

So while antibiotics are certainly a tempting UTI prevention method for someone who repeatedly suffers from UTIs, it is worth noting that overusing antibiotics comes with potential risk and side effects.

UTI and underwear: can your underwear cause UTIs?

Certain fabrics can trap moisture, making it easier for bacteria to thrive. As a general rule of thumb, go for underwear made of breathable fabrics. Generally, cotton is the most breathable, and also has moisture wicking properties. When your genital area is kept dry, bacteria are less likely to grow, which lessens the risk of a UTI. Choose underwear that don’t fit too tight in order to avoid ingrown hairs and to keep from trapping moisture and bacteria.

Can you give someone a UTI?

No, UTIs are not contagious. UTIs are not a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or infection (STI). It is possible to transfer bacteria between you and your partner, which ultimately can travel up the urinary tract, replicate, and cause a UTI. However, it’s not accurate to say that a UTI can be transmitted; you cannot pass on your UTI.

Should I try a UTI prevention drink?

You should always drink plenty of water. Staying well hydrated is your body’s best mechanical defense against UTIs, enabling you to flush bacteria out of your urinary tract frequently, preventing bacteria from adhering to your urinary tract. However, some of us are just more prone to UTIs, and simply staying hydrated isn’t enough to stay ahead of UTIs.

If your UTIs are caused by specific activities (like sex, or exercise) consider Uqora Target, the UTI prevention drink mix. Target fights new bacteria introduced during certain activities. Target binds with UTI-causing bacteria and increases urinary flow to flush them out of the urinary tract, all while boosting your immune system. Drink it directly after activities that increase your risk of UTIs, like sex.

Birth control and UTIs: are they related?

Diaphragms and spermicides have been shown to increase the risk of UTIs. Spermicide has been shown to be harmful to “good bacteria” in the vagina. By killing off this bacteria, spermicide, therefore, makes the vagina more susceptible to the growth of e.coli, the bacteria which cause urinary tract infections. Make sure to check the ingredients list on the condoms that you’re using, and if they contain spermicide-throw them out!

Additionally, while research has been limited, some studies have shown that recurrent UTIs become more common in women who have recently inserted an IUD.

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Learn More About Preventing UTIs

Want to learn more about UTI Prevention?  Urinary tract infections are a huge inconvenience and quite literally, very painful. Even if you’ve only had one or two UTIs in your life, you know that you want to get to the doctor right away to deal with it. Although UTIs can be treated with antibiotics, if you use antibiotics too frequently, it can lead to an immune resistance, making it more difficult to treat the next UTI. Getting ahead of UTIs with these UTI prevention tips can help you avoid this painful infection.

Boost Your Body’s Defense Against a UTI

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is very true when it comes to UTIs. There are many ways to prevent a UTI that don’t take much effort:

  • • Stay hydrated to let your body naturally defend itself against UTIs. Urine naturally flushes bad bacteria out of your urinary tract.
  • • Go to bathroom when you need to go. Don’t hold urine in. Completely empty your bladder and wipe front to back.
  • • Urinate soon after having sex to help flush out the bacteria.
  • • Wear cotton underwear to allow breathability. Synthetic fabrics trap moisture near your body.
  • • Take baths instead of showers.
  • • Eat healthy. Use less-processed food items, and avoid caffeine, sugar and alcohol, which can raise the pH of your urine and create opportunities for bacteria to grow.
  • • Drink Uqora to help flush out bad bacteria and fight off UTIs.
  • • Post-menopausal women might have hormonal changes that increase the risk of UTIs.
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    The Link Between Sex and UTIs

    If you’re asking, “can douching cause UTI?” or “do condoms prevent UTI?” you’re not alone. Intercourse can increase the risk for a UTI, because bacteria can be transmitted during sex to the urinary system, allowing infections to begin. Sex itself isn’t the culprit. It’s the bacteria on the skin that gets into the urethra that causes UTIs.

    Whether condoms prevent UTIs is complicated. Spermicide-coated condoms can make the vagina more susceptible to e.coli bacteria, which causes UTIs. Unlubricated condoms can irritate the genitals, causing inflammation in the bladder. This makes it easier for bacteria to grow, causing a UTI. If you have frequent UTIs and use condoms, talk to your doctor about your concerns.

    Douching can upset the bacteria in the vagina, which can lead to UTIs. The more often you douche, the more likely you are to get a UTI. If you’re prone to UTIs, avoid douching, but an occasional douche shouldn’t cause a UTI.


    When You Have a UTI

    If you have a UTI, get to the doctor for treatment. Antibiotics are required to get rid of the infection. Drinks lots of water and empty your bladder frequently. You may want to use probiotics or a Uqora drink that helps your immune system fight the infection.


    Here’s what to avoid when you have a UTI:

    • Avoid sexual intercourse. Sex during a UTI will probably be uncomfortable, but you could also make the infection worse by adding new bacteria to your system. You may want to wait up to two weeks after the infection is cleared up before sexual activity.
    • Avoid artificial sweeteners. Studies have shown that artificial sweeteners make your symptoms worse.
    • Avoid alcohol. Alcohol irritates the bladder, intensifying the infection.
    • Avoid caffeine. Caffeine also irritates the bladder.


    Why Not Use Antibiotics as UTI Prevention?

    Antibiotics are sometimes recommended when you have recurrent UTIs. Overusing antibiotics isn’t good for your immune system. Bacteria can become drug-resistant. Antibiotics can also upset the good bacteria in your body that prevents yeast infections. There are other options to keep your entire body healthy. Overusing antibiotics has side effects that should be considered before undergoing a regular treatment regimen.

    UTIs are one of the great literal and figurative pains in this world, and UTI prevention is at the top of mind for those of us who suffer from frequent UTIs. If you get recurrent UTIs, you’re probably familiar with the vague stinging and itching that signals the start of a UTI. The next 4 hours are probably spent frantically trying to get ahold of your doctor, followed by a visit to the pharmacist and the long hours between the time you take your first antibiotic and the pain begins to subside.

     

    What can you do to get ahead of UTIs:

    UTIs are thankfully very easily treated by antibiotics, but what do you do if you’re someone who wants to be proactive instead of reactive? UTI prevention will be more difficult for some people who are naturally more prone to UTIs. However, no matter what your propensity is, there are a handful of things you can do to prevent UTIs.

    There are a handful of ways you can help your body boost its natural defenses against urinary tract infections:

      • • Stay well hydrated. Urination is your body’s best natural defense against UTIs, and the better hydrated you are the better your body can fend for itself. 
      • • Urinate immediately and fully — don’t hold it in. Go to the bathroom regularly and flush bad bacteria out of your urinary tract. Make sure you completely emptied your bladder and clean from front to back.
      • • Avoid baths if you’re especially prone to UTIs and opt for showers instead.
      • • Urinate soon after having sex to flush out bacteria.
      • • Wear cotton underwear for maximum breathability. 
      • • Evaluate your birth control options if you’re suffering from repeat UTIs. Diaphragm, unlubricated condoms or spermicidal jelly for contraception may increase the risk of developing a UTI.
      • • Try to avoid or dramatically limit consuming items which increase your bladder pH. This includes sugar, processed and pre-packaged ready-made items, caffeine, alcohol, dairy products, red meat and other animal protein, fish, lots of corn, wheat, and potatoes.
      • • If you are post-menopausal, speak with your physician about how your hormonal changes could be impacting your risk of UTIs. Some physicians recommend estrogen supplements to help.
      • • Take the over-the-counter supplement, Uqora, a simple drink mix that can help you fight off bacteria and improve urinary health when you need it most, like after sex or prolonged exercise. Uqora’s active ingredients help hinder bacteria from adhering to the urethral wall. Uqora also helps you flush out bacteria quickly and supports the immune system with fighting off UTI’s.
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    Implications of using antibiotics for UTI prevention

    Physicians often recommend using antibiotics to prevent UTIs, not just treat them. It is worth noting that while prophylactic antibiotics are effective in staving of UTIs, using antibiotics to prevent UTIs can have serious drawbacks.


    For one, while antibiotics do strip our body of the bad bacteria that can cause UTIs, they also strip our body of the good bacteria we need to keep a balanced vagina. Without the good bacteria, yeast infections can more easily set in.

    Additionally, while antibiotics kill almost all the bacteria in question, it doesn’t always kill all the bacteria. When some bacteria is able to survive antibiotics, that bacteria develops resistance to the drug. As the resistant bacteria reproduces, they give rise to new populations that are similarly resistant. Pretty soon, that bacteria could have given rise to entire generations of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

    So while antibiotics are certainly a tempting UTI prevention method for someone who repeatedly suffers from UTIs, it is worth noting that overusing antibiotics comes with potential risk and side effects.

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