I wrote an article for Planned Parenthood for the CareMatters newsletter about the increase of occurrences of Urinary Tract Infections (aka UTI’s) during the summer months. And of course, it needed an illustration of some cute bacteria going on summer vacation.
Read the article HERE. Spoiler Alert – here are the key tips to avoiding the summer UTI:
1) Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water helps keep your urinary tract flushed and healthy — summer time heat can keep us dehydrated if we don’t drink enough H20. Drink up (and no, alcohol doesn’t count!).
2) Stay Dry: Wear cotton underwear whenever possible and change out of wet swimsuits after your trip to the beach. Avoid wearing thongs. They can help bring bacteria from the anal area to your urethral opening. Don’t douche or use anti-bacterial soaps. Your vagina cleans itself. Let it keep the good bacteria and kick out the bad stuff on its own.
3) Do It Right: Urinate before and after sex. After using the restroom, always wipe front to back. And don’t hold your pee! When you need to go – GO. For women who have frequent UTIs, drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry pills may help.
Most importantly, if you do experience symptoms of a UTI, seek treatment as soon as possible. An untreated infection may move up to the kidney and cause a more serious infection. Hopefully these tips will help you have a happy and healthy summer season!