How can I prevent a urinary tract infection (UTI)?

Rishi A. Modh, MD
To prevent a urinary tract infection, live a healthy lifestyle and try using the bathroom regularly. Watch Rishi Modh, MD, of Northside Hospital, explain more.
Learn a few ways that urinary tract infections can occur in women and how UTIs can be prevented. Watch this video with Kyle Himsl, MD from Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center.
Joseph M. Mercola, DO
Family Medicine

Women are more prone to urinary tract infections than men, in part because of their shorter urethras. Adult men have another factor going for them—a bacterial growth inhibitor injected directly into their urinary system by their prostate glands. As a woman there are some specific hygiene steps you can take to maintain a healthy urinary tract:

  • Drink plenty of pure, filtered water every day
  • Urinate when you feel the need; don't resist the urge to go
  • Wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria from entering your urethra
  • Take showers instead of tub baths; avoid hot tubs/Jacuzzis
  • Cleanse your genital area prior to sexual intercourse
  • Avoid using feminine hygiene sprays, which may irritate your urethra
  • Use only white unscented toilet paper to avoid potential dye reactions, or better yet—a bidet

In addition, a healthy diet is key in supporting your urinary tract.

Research shows that frequent consumption of products containing probiotic bacteria can promote good urinary tract health—fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables are great for your overall health—including your urinary system.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Urinary tract infections(UTIs) can be painful and hard to get rid of. Find out what you can do to prevent UTIs as Dr. Oz discusses these infections in a  video.