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How to prevent UTIs?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are a common health issue, primarily affecting the bladder but can extend to the urethra and kidneys. They occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract and multiply, leading to inflammation and discomfort. While UTIs are typically treatable with antibiotics, prevention is always preferable to treatment.

Preventing UTIs not only saves you from the discomfort and inconvenience associated with the infection but also helps you avoid potential complications, such as recurrent infections or kidney damage.

If you think you might have a UTI, don’t wait to see your doctor. Book an online consultation with a pharmacist to get the care and treatment you need.

How to prevent UTI?

By incorporating these preventive measures into your daily routine, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of developing a UTI: 

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Don’t hold in your wee, go if you need to go
  • Always wipe from front to back after using the bathroom
  • Use gentle, unscented soap to clean your genitals
  • Wear breathable cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothing
  • Use condoms when you have sex
  • Wee before and after sex to flush out bacteria
  • Avoid spermicidal contraceptives 

What can I take daily to prevent UTI?

In addition to making the above change to your daily routine, there are foods and supplements that can help prevent you from developing a UTI. 

  • Drink unsweetened cranberry juice
  • Eat oranges, kiwis, strawberries and bell peppers


It’s important to note you should speak with your pharmacist for further advice before taking a new supplement to make sure it’s right for you. 

These include: 

  • Cranberry supplements without added sugars
  • Probiotics containing Lactobacillus 
  • Vitamin C supplements
  • D-Mannose

Frequently asked questions about UTIs

How to avoid urine infection?

To prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs), drink plenty of water, practise good hygiene, urinate after intercourse, and avoid holding urine too long.

What cures a UTI?

Treatment for UTIs typically involves antibiotics prescribed by a pharmacist. Drinking plenty of water and cranberry juice can also help alleviate symptoms.

How much water to flush out UTI?

You should drink at least 2 litres of water daily to flush out UTI-causing bacteria from your urinary tract.

A lady holds her stomach in pain due to UTI pain brought on by a common cause

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