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How To Prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Woman Having Difficulty To Pee With Toilet On The Background

The common UTI announces itself with a persistent urge to urinate, a burning sensation when you do and the possibility of cloudy or bloody urine. It’s a far from pleasant experience and its one most people never want to experience again. The good news is that they don’t have to, because UTIs can be prevented. In this blog, we’ll explore the various ways you can prevent UTIs with simple habits and the support of a health centre like Mooney Street Medical.

Everyday Habits for UTI Prevention

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be a recurring nuisance, especially for women. However, by observing these habits, the risk of developing UTIs can be significantly reduced:

Stay Hydrated:

Why it’s Important: Water is the elixir of life and when it comes to urinary health, its importance cannot be overstated. Drinking ample water ensures the urinary system is constantly in motion, flushing out potential harmful bacteria before they get a chance to settle and cause infections.

How Much is Enough: While the general recommendation is about 8 glasses (2 litres) a day, the exact amount can vary based on individual needs, activity levels and climate. It’s essential to listen to your body; if you’re thirsty, drink up!

Urinate Post-Intimacy:

Why it’s Important: During intimate activities, bacteria from the genital area can enter the urethra. Urinating post-intimacy helps in flushing out this bacteria, reducing the risk of it travelling up to the bladder and causing an infection.

A Simple Habit: Make it a routine to visit the restroom within 30 minutes after intimacy. This small habit can make a significant difference in UTI prevention.

Proper Wiping:

Why it’s Important: The anal region is home to a host of bacteria, some of which can be harmful if they enter the urinary tract. Wiping from back to front can transfer these bacteria to the vaginal and urethral area, increasing the risk of UTIs.

The Right Technique: Always remember to wipe from front to back after using the toilet. This ensures that bacteria from the anal region are kept away from the urethra. Using soft, unscented toilet paper can also help in preventing irritation.

Persistent UTIs

Despite following the healthy habits above, sometimes people will experience recurring UTIs. This is when it’s important to visit your local medical practice for professional help.

The Role of Our Facilities in UTI Prevention

State-of-the-art Equipment and Rooms:

At Mooney Street Medical Centre, we pride ourselves on our well-equipped facilities. Our centre, located centrally in Gulliver, Townsville, has been designed with your comfort and care in mind. We understand the importance of early detection and prevention of UTIs and our facilities reflect this commitment.

How Do Appointments Aid in UTI Prevention?

Consistent Check-ups: Regular appointments allow for early detection of any abnormalities, ensuring timely intervention.

Dedication of our Staff: Our team at Mooney Street Medical is committed to understanding your unique health care needs, ensuring you receive the best care possible.

Tailored Advice: Regular visits mean our doctors can provide ongoing advice tailored to your specific circumstances, helping prevent UTIs and other health issues.

Tailored Treatments: Beyond UTI Prevention

We’re Here to Help

At Mooney Street Medical, we understand the unique health challenges faced by residents of Townsville. Whether it’s the tropical climate, lifestyle choices, or other factors, we’re here to help. So, if you’re concerned about your urinary health or just want to stay on top of it, get in touch via our contact page or give us a call to book an appointment. Your health is our priority and we’re here to partner with you in achieving optimum well-being.