How to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections. UTIs
occur when bacteria enter the urethra; women are especially prone to this painful condition.
Take these steps to help prevent one. You will need Cranberry juice Fresh water Cotton
panties and cranberry supplements (optional) (optional) (optional). Step 1. Add cranberry
juice to your daily or weekly diet. Cranberry may cut the risk of urinary tract infections.
You can also take cranberry supplements in capsule form. Step 2. Drink plenty of water
to flush out the urinary tract. Step 3. Skip the tub and use the shower instead. Bacteria
can easily enter the urethra in a hot bath. Step 4. Avoid feminine hygiene sprays and
douches. They can irritate the urethra and increase the risk of an infection. Step 5.
When using the toilet, wipe from front to back. Step 6. Wear cotton underwear. Cotton
allows your skin to breathe, which helps prevent bacteria from accumulating around the urinary
tract. Step 7. Urinate following sexual intercourse. Bacteria can enter the urethra during intercourse;
going to the bathroom immediately after sex helps flush out bacteria. Step 8. If you experience
UTI symptoms, such as a frequent urge to urinate and a painful, burning feeling in the area
of the bladder or urethra during urination, see your doctor. Did you know Urinary tract
infections account for about 8.3 million doctor visits each year.