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10 ways to reduce your risk of a UTI

A UTI is caused by germs entering and then multiplying in the urinary tract, which includes the kidneys, bladder, ureters, and urethra.

Depending on the part of the urinary system that is affected, a UTI is called:

Urethritis: infection of the urethra
Cystitis: bladder infection
Pyelonephritis: kidney infection

Due to anatomy, the female urinary system is more susceptible to urinary tract infections than the male urinary system. This results in a higher incidence of UTIs in women than in men.

What symptoms accompany a UTI and what can cause it?

The symptoms of a UTI vary and depend on age, gender and the type of UTI.

The most common symptoms of UTI are:

Frequent urination
Pain or burning when urinating
Very little urine despite the strong urge to urinate
Smelly and cloudy urine
Stomach ache
Fever with or without chills

Risk factors for urinary tract infections

Previous urinary tract infection
Sexual intercourse
Prostate enlargement in men
Constipation in children
Urinary catheters
Not drinking enough fluids
Poor hygiene and cleanliness of the genital area
Contraceptive methods such as using a diaphragm or applying spermicides

Our tips on how to avoid UTIs:

1. Drink plenty of water

Drinking plenty of fluids and especially water will cause frequent urination resulting in the elimination of bacteria from your urinary system before they cause an infection.

2. Do not delay urination

It is necessary to urinate regularly and not hastily as after urinating you should have made sure that there is no urine residue.

3. Don’t postpone urination

Urinary retention favors the development of infection. Furthermore, this tactic leads to a weakening of the bladder muscles.

4. Avoid using scented products on the genital area

They cause irritation of the area and increase the possibility of UTI.

6. Avoid spermicidal products and using a diaphragm

They cause irritation and favor the growth of microbes. Consult your doctor in order to choose the right contraceptive method for you.

7. You prefer showers to bathtubs

Staying in a bathtub (especially if you have recurring UTIs) favors the entry of pathogenic microorganisms and the creation of their colonies in the urethra.

8. You prefer cotton and comfortable underwear

Tight and synthetic underwear cause irritation and trap moisture, factors that contribute to UTIs.

9. Urinate after intercourse.

This way you will eliminate germs that have grown in the genital area during intercourse.

10. Drink cranberry juice.

According to research, cranberry extract contains proanthocyanidins (PAC), a component that prevents the adhesion of some bacteria to the walls of the urinary system.


In the LabCare diagnostic laboratory, you can carry out the necessary tests to diagnose the urinary tract infection in order to proceed with the appropriate treatment.

For information and appointments we are at your disposal at 210 4122579, 6932575733.