How can I keep from getting urinary tract infections (UTI)?

These are steps you can take to try to prevent a UTI. But you may follow these steps and still get a UTI. If you have symptoms of a UTI, call your doctor.

    * Urinate when you need to. Don't hold it. Pass urine before and after sex. After you pass urine or have a bowel movement (BM), wipe from front to back.
    * Drink water every day and after sex. Try for 6 to 8 glasses a day.
    * Clean the outer lips of your vagina and anus each day. The anus is the place where a bowel movement leaves your body, located between the buttocks.
    * Don't use douches or feminine hygiene sprays
    * If you get a lot of UTIs and use spermicides, or creams that kill sperm, talk to your doctor about using other forms of birth control.
    * Wear underpants with a cotton crotch. Donapos;t wear tight-fitting pants, which can trap in moisture.
    * Take showers instead of tub baths

      This answer is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.