Dr. Regina Edmond is an obstetrician and gynecologist in Los Angeles, California. Various health issues, including bladder health and the prevention of urinary tract infections, are of interest to Dr. Regina Edmond.
When a woman experiences discomfort during urination or tenderness in the lower abdomen, it may be an indication that she has developed a urinary tract infection (UTI). She should see a qualified physician for diagnosis. If it turns out that she has a UTI, she will become one of the more than 6 million women in the United States who visit their physicians annually for the treatment of their UTIs.
Fortunately, a few basic hygiene practices can help a woman minimize the likelihood of contracting such an infection. First and foremost, because UTIs are caused by bacteria, daily cleaning of the vagina’s outer lips and the area between the buttocks is critical. In addition, after a woman voids urine or stool, front-to-back wiping will help her to channel germs away from the urinary tract.
Regular urination also plays a role in the prevention of UTIs. For one, it keeps the urinary tract active. Secondly, when women urinate both before and after intercourse, it keeps vaginal fluid and semen from entering the urinary tract. Thus, it is important for a woman who seeks to avoid UTIs to drink water and urinate regularly.