According to the American Urological Association and the NIH, a woman’s lifetime risk of experiencing at least one UTI ranges from 40% to more than 50%. Women are more susceptible to UTIs than men because our urethra is shorter, making it easier for bacteria to reach the bladder. Like, seriously, we can’t catch a break???
As so many of us know, UTIs are a gift straight from the devil itself, meant to crush our spirits and break our souls. In other words, they’re excruciatingly uncomfortable. So, what can you do to help avoid a UTI? Let’s UT-find out:
- Always pee before and after sex. Just don’t forget the gospel of the front-to-back wipe.
- Keep your (and your partner’s) hands and genitals clean.
- Sustain’s PostPlay wipes are an effortless way to freshen up after you're done getting fresh. Our PostPlay wipes clean up the messy stuff, without messing with your vagina’s pH.
- When switching between vaginal and anal penetration, always make sure to use a new condom. Sustain’s condoms are free of the carcinogens that are found in most condoms, and every single condom is individually TRIPLE tested electronically to ensure safety.
- Avoid vaginal products with synthetic ingredients. Your vagina is self-cleaning, and smells fine, so you don’t need feminine sprays or special washes. But if you are set on having some extra cleaning power, use products that are free of harmful chemicals, fragrances, and irritating SLS ingredients, which can all kill off your vagina’s healthy bacteria and breed the bad bacteria, increasing your chances of a UTI. Sustain’s body wash uses certified body-safe ingredients because your body deserves the best.
- Drink enough water so that you go to the bathroom regularly and flush out bacteria.
- If you do get a UTI, make sure to visit a doctor. Once you get set up on an antibiotic, finish the entire course of medicine, otherwise you risk developing a resistance to the drug, thereby making future UTIs even more challenging than they are to begin with.
Happy healthing, everyone!
Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes