“This makes a favorable environment for bacterial overgrowth”

8 Most Common Causes Of UTIs

If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection, then you know the agony of that terrible buy canada goose jacket cheap burning feeling and relentless need to pee and you’d probably do anything to avoid getting another.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, canada goose black friday sale 1 in Canada Goose online 5 women experiences a UTI at some point in her life. And while men can get them, Cheap Canada Goose too (UTIs are the second most common infection), women are much more likely to contract one, says the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. That’s because we have a shorter urethra, canada goose clearance which makes it all too easy for canada goose UTI causing bacteria to pass through it and invade the bladder. No fair.

“Our urinary tract system is designed to keep out bacteria; however, these defenses can fail,” says Kelly M. Kasper, MD, an ob gyn at canada goose replica Indiana canada goose store University Health. “When that buy canada goose jacket happens, bacteria can grow and multiply and cause infections.”

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Here are 8 of the most common causes of urinary tract infections and a handful of helpful tips for prevention.

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We know, huge bummer. Many women get UTIs after doing the deed Canada Goose Parka because the motion of sex can transfer bacteria from the bowel or vaginal cavity into the urethra. To lower your risk of getting a urinary tract infection, pee within 30 minutes of having sex, says Lisa N. Hawes, MD, a general urologist in Fulton, Maryland, and a physician spokesperson for the American cheap Canada Goose Urological Association. And ignore the often shared advice that both canada goose coats partners should wash their genitals immediately before and after sex. “This actually changes bacterial flora and will canada goose deals increase UTI risks,” Hawes says.

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You Canada Goose Online might be able to blame your poop (or lack thereof) for your UTI. Being constipated makes it difficult to empty your bladder all the way, which means trapped bacteria have lots of time to grow and cause infection, says Hawes. (Here’s how to never be constipated again.) On the flip side, diarrhea or fecal incontinence can also increase your risk Canada Goose sale of getting a UTI, because bacteria from loose stool can easily make their way into Canada Goose Jackets your vagina and canada goose clearance sale urethra. A tried and true tip: Wipe from front to back whenever you use the bathroom, but be especially careful to do so after a bowel movement.

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“When blood sugar is high, the canadian goose jacket excess sugar is removed through the urine,” Hawes says. “This makes a favorable environment for bacterial overgrowth” and a potentially unfavorable situation for you. You may canada goose coats on sale have heard the myth that eating too much sugar causes urinary tract infections, even if you don’t have diabetes, but Hawes assures us that’s not true. Unless you have diabetes, your sweet tooth isn’t Canada Goose Outlet the culprit. (If you do have diabetes, here are the best foods to order at 8 types of restaurants.)

“Dirty pads and tampons are a place where bacteria can grow very easily,” says Ehsan Ali, MD, a primary care physician in Beverly Hills, California. So change them frequently to prevent urinary tract infections while on your period. Likewise, Alyssa Dweck, MS, MD, an ob gyn in Westchester County, New York, says to choose your underwear wisely: “A Canada Goose Coats On Sale cotton crotch is always preferred, and avoid thongs with a thin, chafing g string, which can transfer bacteria.” Wearing cotton helps prevent excessive moisture that causes bacteria to grow down there, Dweck says.

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