Are you prone to UTIs?
Looking for natural ways to prevent UTIs? Urinary tract infections (UTIs) start at the end of the urinary tract. The urethra, a tube only about 5 centimetres (2 inches) long, carries urine from your bladder out of the body. The trouble starts when gastrointestinal bacteria, often of the Escherichia coli variety, stick to the walls of the urethra and begin to multiply, leading to an infection. The result is a burning sensation when you urinate, along with the urge to urinate even when you don’t need to go. You may also feel pressure above your pubic bone or in the rectum.
If the infection moves up the urinary tract into the bladder or even farther, into the kidneys, the condition becomes trickier and more serious, causing pain in the sides and back as well as nausea and fever.
The best way to prevent UTIs is to prevent problem bacteria from clinging to the lining of the urethra. Your doctor will explain that one way to do this is to urinate after sex. Some natural remedies can also do the trick.