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Urinary problems self care

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are common. Here are ways to help.

  • Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water.
  • Wear cotton underwear and avoid wearing tight fitting clothing, such as tight jeans or trousers.
  • Go to the toilet as soon as you feel the need to urinate, rather than holding it in.
  • After urination, women should wipe from front to back to prevent infections.
  • Make sure you treat constipation quickly and increase the amount of fibre in your diet. Being constipated can increase your chances of developing a UTI.
  • Where possible, take showers rather than baths. If you have a bath, try not to stay in the water longer than 15 minutes.
  • Use only a mild soap and make sure you wash it off thoroughly.
  • Avoid highly scented soaps, creams and bath products as these can irritate the genital area.
  • Wash your genitals every day and before having sex.
  • Urinate before and after sex.
  • You may find using a water-based lubricant during sex may help.

You should see a doctor if you have symptoms of urinary problems and:

  • you feel unwell
  • you have a temperature
  • you have looked after yourself but it has not got better.

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Last reviewed: July 2015

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