Our February 8th blog described a common health problem that many adult women face…that of recurrent bladder infection. Today’s discussion focuses on what women can do to decrease their risk:
1)Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day. This increases urination which, in essence, flushes bacteria out of the bladder. If you drink any diuretic beverage (ie: those containing caffeine or alcohol), it is important to increase water intake because they tend to dehydrate.
2)Urinate within 10 minutes of intercourse. Bacteria are frequently introduced into the bladder during an intimate encounter.
3)Try to limit bubble baths, hot tubs and bathtub bathing, especially for prolonged periods of time.
4)Avoid douching, as this frequently introduces bacteria into the bladder, similar to how intercourse increases the risk. Opt out of using a contraceptive diaphragm as well, much for the same reason.
5)Acidify the urine. Cranberry juice works largely for this reason. Vitamin C, such as 250 mg twice a day, works in the same way and is much cheaper. Make sure to stay hydrated, as Vitamin C can cause kidney stones in predisposed individuals…..Richard R Samuel, MD Family Practice and Urgent Care Hayden, ID USA