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Preventing Bladder Infections in Women

Preventing Bladder Infections in Women

In women who experience 3 or more bladder infections in a year, these measures may help:

  • Increasing the intake of fluids

  • Urinating often

  • Wiping front to back after defecation

  • Urinating within a short time after sexual intercourse

  • Avoiding the use of spermicides (used with a diaphragm and/or condom for birth control)

  • Avoiding douching

  • Taking antibiotics continually in low doses

  • Applying estrogen cream to the vulva or inserting estrogen suppositories into the vagina for postmenopausal women who have thinning of the tissues of the vulva and vagina