How to Avoid (and Treat) UTIs
If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection – aka a UTI - you know how horrible they can be. And if you haven’t, we’ll fill you in. Think pain when you pee, gross smelling urine, constant feeling that you have to go to the bathroom (BUT nothing comes out when you try), and in the worse cases blood in your pee or a fever. Thank you, next.
So here are the facts. UTIs happen when bacteria gets into the bladder. They’re super common for women - like, almost every woman will have at least one in her life. But, they’re also preventable and there are a few really simple things to make sure you don’t get one:
1. Pee when you gotta pee! Sounds simple, but how many times have you caught yourself holding your pee for whatever reason? Listen, we don’t love public bathrooms either but if you have to go, just GO! The longer you wait to pee, the higher the chance of bacteria growing up there, which can lead to a UTI. No thanks.
2. Drink your water and mind ya business. It’s one of the best pieces of advice for life. But when it comes to avoiding a UTI, it’s even more important. Just one more reason to drink your eight glasses of water a day.
3. After you’re done in the bathroom, wipe from front to back. Always, always. This prevents any bacteria from getting up there when you’re wiping.
4. Always pee after sex. SERIOUSLY GIRL, you’ll thank yourself later.
5. Be picky about your clothes. We love a good skinny jean as much as the next girl, but when your pants are too tight it can trap moisture, which is a breeding ground for bacteria. Grab a looser fit jean or legging, and get out of wet clothes like bathing suits and workout pants as soon as ya can.
In the very awful event you get a UTI (we feel your pain), the good news is that it’s not contagious and it’s easy to treat with antibiotics. If you think you might have one or are experiencing blood or burning when you pee, make an appointment with your doctor ASAP. Don’t depend on over the counter stuff to help – only your doctor can give you meds to clear it up.
Got any other questions? Remember that your girl Layla’s always there for you.