Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)


In men and non-pregnant women, the most common form of treatment is antibiotic pills. If you have symptoms such as back pain or a fever that could indicate that your infection has spread to your kidneys. If this is the case, be sure to tell your doctor. Also, when taking antibiotic pills, be sure to closely follow the guidelines, as you may be putting yourself at risk to develop a kidney infection.

Some women may be susceptible to frequent urinary tract infections caused by certain medications, sexual intercourse and bacterial changes in the vagina. Below are some steps you can take to try to prevent a future 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. 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. Don’t wear tight-fitting pants, which can trap in moisture.
  • • Take showers instead of tub baths.


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