Urinary and Vaginal Infections

February 26, 2016

Varying from an irritating minor annoyance to a more serious long-term problem, urinary-tract and vaginal infections are among the most common ailments affecting women.  There is plenty you can do to compliment any treatment prescribed by your doctor, ensure a rapid recovery and prevent a recurrence.

  • See your doctor If you suspect a urinary-tract infection, see your doctor.  Untreated infections can spread further up the urinary tract to the kidneys, leading to a more serious problem.  If an infection is confirmed, you’ll probably be given antibiotics, which usually produce rapid and effective relief.

 

  • Flush out the problem Increasing your fluid intake dilutes urine and helps to flush out bacteria.  Aim to drink six to eight glasses of fluid a day.

 

  • Urinate after sex In women especially, bacteria may enter the urethra during sex.  Passing urine immediately afterwards helps to flush them out.  Some women find that using a diaphragm or spermicidal gel promotes infection.  If so, it may help to change your method of contraception.  Unlubricated condoms or those impregnated with a spermicide can also cause problems – use the lubricated type wi