10 tips

There are several ways to deal with an ongoing urinary tract infection. The most effective way is to take antibiotics, but there are some methods that can bring relief to an ongoing infection that do not include medication. Some methods can also help to prevent urinary tract infections. Be aware that for severe infections and recurring problems, medical treatment is generally required.

  1. Drink lots of liquids, just do not exaggerate. Drink up to 2 litres of liquids every 24 hours, more is seldom necessary, to urinate regularly. If you drink a lot and pee often, it will wash out bacteria from the bladder and urinary tract.
  2. Drink lemon water and cranberry juice. These drinks have a low pH value, and many believe that this makes it more difficult for bacteria to thrive and grow. Drinks with effervescent vitamin C tablets have a similar effect to lemon water or cranberry juice.
  3. Cranberries have other benefits apart from a low pH value. Cranberry juice contains proanthocyanidins. The substance is believed to prevent bacteria, especially E. Coli, from sticking to mucous membranes in the urethra.
  4. Always pee after sex. If you urinate after sex, bacteria that you might have come into contact with will be washed away. This is especially important for women.
  5. Always empty your bladder completely. Take your time when you pee so that the whole bladder is emptied. If you experience difficulties emptying your bladder you can try standing up and move around a little. Then sit on the toilet and try again, this will help you to push out some more.
  6. Dress warmly around the genital area. It is believed that warm clothes around the genital area can help to protect against cystitis.
  7. Personal hygiene is important. Wash the genital area and the genitals with lukewarm water at least once a day. If you are using hygiene products you should use soap and other products that are meant for the intimate areas, e.g. intimate wash or intimate oil. Frequent washing or strongly perfumed hygiene products disrupt the natural balance in the genital area and increase the risk of an infection in the urinary tract.
  8. Wash your underwear at no less than 60 degrees in order to eliminate bacteria and make sure that your underwear is absolutely clean.
  9. Try to dry yourself from the front backwards after using the toilet in order to prevent intestinal bacteria from spreading to the urethra.
  10. Vitamin D. A large number of studies show that vitamin D helps in preventing urinary tract infections. Vitamin D is believed to activate the body’s immune system and help it protect the urinary tract from bacteria.