Monday, September 5, 2011

Mrs. Myrna Mondays: Suffer From UTI's? She knows just how to prevent them.

Mrs. Myrna Mondays:
Where we answer all of the questions you have about your Lady Parts

Dear Mrs. Myrna,
I feel like I always have a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection). What can I do to prevent them so that I don't have to feel like this all of the time?
Sick and Tired

Dear Sick and Tired,
I know that there are a lot of women out there nodding their heads at this so I will do my best to end this saga for you.

1.) Go to your local drug store and pick up some over the counter cranberry pills. Take one a day at every meal. This will cause your urine to become too acidic for your infection to survive and serves as a very effective preventative measure. Don't do juice, the sugars in your juice can actually feed your infection.

2.) Never, I mean never take a bath. If you really need to then make sure you urinate as soon as you get out of the tub. Sitting in a tub can cause bacteria to enter the urethra and cause a UTI.

3.) Urinate after you have sex. Again, intercourse can cause bacteria to find their way into your urethra and cause a UTI.

4.) DON'T hold it in! When you've gotta go, take the time to make it happen. Holding it when you need to go can help any bacteria that may be present develop into a full-fledged urinary tract infection.

5.) Wear cotton panties. Cotton fabric breathes easy, keeping you nice and dry. Other synthetic fabrics do not breath and can trap in moisture, creating a potential breeding ground for bacteria.

6.) Last but not least: wipe from front to back. So, in plain terms starting with your vulva and ending with your anus, never visa versa. This keeps any bacteria from your anus from getting into your vaginal area.

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