Urinary tract infections or UTIs are pretty common, and almost every woman has had it at some point in her life.
According to research, one in five women experience UTI two times or more within six months. Well, that’s not a good thing for you ladies!
The stinging sensation and discomfort are too much to bear with if it is too frequent.
Well, men can get recurrent UTIs too, but it is not as common as in women and is often due to some type of urinary tract blockage.
There can be many reasons why women may have recurring urinary infections, but there are four most common reasons why it keeps coming:
Your bathroom habits need to be better
A woman’s urethra is so short and pretty close to the vagina, it becomes important for women to maintain proper hygiene. So ladies, always wipe your vagina from front to back after using the bathroom. If you do this, it will prevent the bacteria from moving from the anus into the urethra. It is also important to make sure you are clean and dry before pulling your underwear back up.
Any fecal matter or bacteria can land on the underwear and can spread as the underwear moves as you walk, sit, exercise, etc.
You may face this problem frequently if you don’t drink necessary amount of water. When your body is dehydrated, it can create several problems in the body. Peeing is all about relieving bacteria from the bladder and urethra and if you don’t drink enough water or are not going to the bathroom enough, you are inviting a whole lot of trouble.
Therefore, mark a golden rule that you drink enough water, so that your urine is light in color. Dark yellow urine indicates that you need proper hydration!
You are not peeing after sex
This might sound very silly but you should always make sure that you pee right after having sex. You might end with cystitis—an inflammation of the bladder if you don’t pee after sex.
This is a fact that when you have sex bacteria get pushed into the bladder and can flare up into an infection. Hence, once you pee the bacteria flush out of your system instead of letting it affect your bladder.
Anatomy and/or genetics
Genetics plays an important role in increasing UTIs in women. And most of the women who are prone to UTIs are because of their anatomy.
In a study of 2009 more than 1,200 women who experience recurrent UTIs and kidney infections, researchers determined that a genetic variation in these cell receptors is associated with an increased risk of bladder and kidney infections.