• Drink cranberry juice (yes, it does really help!) But remember, cranberry juice is high in sugar. Cranberry tablets are a good sugar-free alternative.
• Take high doses of vitamin C. Because vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, extra vitamin C spills over into the urine and makes it more acidic. Acidic urine creates a less receptive environment for bacterial growth and reduces the risk of infection.
• Drink lots of water. Dilute urine keeps the system flowing and prevents stagnation, which also increases the risk of infection.
• Take probiotics, which can help by altering the bowel flora.
• Avoid inciting agents, such as caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, and other bladder irritants
• Never put anything that’s been in your bottom near the vagina or urethra. If you engage in anal intercourse, bathe before you cross over.
• If you’re using a diaphragm, you may want to consider other birth control options, since the diaphragm may irritate the bladder.
• Make sure you wipe from front to back after using the bathroom to avoid contaminating the urethra with bowel bacteria.
• If you get frequent UTIs related to sex and only have sex here and there, your doctor may recommend you take a dose of an antibiotic before intercourse.
How come I get UTIs and my male partner doesn’t?
Because of the short length of the female urethra, the outside world with all its bacteria is much closer to the bladder than it is in male urinary anatomy. Also, the proximity of the female urethra to the anus increases the risk. UTIs are significantly more common in women than in men.