Getting a urinary tract infection (UTI) is no walk in the park. It can actually be quite embarrassing and uncomfortable. With symptoms like the burning sensation when you go to the restroom, not being able to pee even though you feel like you need to and the foul body odor, can make a UTI feel like you’re being tortured.
One out of every five women will get a UTI at some point in their life. And once you’ve had a UTI, you’re more likely to have another one. While UTIs may seem like a life sentence, you might be able to lessen your chances of running into this annoying occurrence by learning about the habits that could cause a UTI.
Habits We All Make That Could Cause a UTI
If you have recurrent UTIs, maybe you’re making one or more of these habits that could be causing them. Keep these in mind the next time you’re complaining to your gynecologist about another UTI.
1. You’re Wiping the Wrong Way
If you’re wiping back to front, you probably keep having UTIs because of this reason. Wiping back to front can bring about bacteria, especially E. coli, that resides within the bowel. Doing this could move the bacteria into your urethra and result in a UTI. So, make sure you’re wiping front to back.
2. You’re Consuming Too Much Sugar
If you’re constantly putting sugary foods into your body, you will end up with sugar in your urine. The bacteria that causes UTIs feeds on sugar so cut back on the sugar or you will increase the risk of providing a four-course meal for the bacteria that cause a UTI.
3. You’re Getting It On a Lot
This might come as bad news to some, but the more sex you have, the likelier you are to get a UTI. Reason being is because the bacteria from around and inside your vagina may move into the urethra every time you have sex.
4. You Hold in Your Pee
Everyone gets a bit busy, but holding your pee in for too long might be doing more harm than saving you some time. If you let your urine sit in your bladder for too long, you’re letting bacteria sit in your bladder that could cause a UTI.
5. You Don’t Pee After Sex
The fact that you could increase your risk of a UTI from getting it on too much doesn’t mean you need to refrain from intimacy. One simple way of reducing your risk is to head to the ladies’ room. Doing so will help you pee out the bacteria that could have made its way into your urethra.
6. You’re Using a Certain Type of Birth Control
Not all birth controls are created equal, especially when it comes to UTIs. The good news is that there is only one form of birth control that is often associated with UTIs: a diaphragm. This is because the position of the diaphragm puts pressure on the urethra, which could lead to an infection.
7. You’re Using Condoms
Yes! Protecting yourself from STIs and starting a family too soon could increase your risk of getting a UTI. Unlubricated condoms can increase your risk because it can irritate the vagina during sex.
8. You’re a Diabetic
Diabetics are more likely to get UTIs because their blood sugar levels could be extremely high, making their urine the perfect all you can eat buffet for bacteria to feed on and multiply, which will lead to an infection.
9. Not Drinking Enough Water
When you drink a lot of water, the number of times you go to the restroom increases. When you go to the bathroom, you flush bacteria out of your system before it gets a chance to fully move in. Are you drinking enough water?
10. You’ve Caught the Flu or Cold
The cold itself doesn’t necessarily cause a UTI, but the medication you take to feel better does. Medications with antihistamines in them reduce the urge to pee, which can lead to a UTI.