Tip of the day: To prevent recurrent urinary tract infections – 1. Sit down on the toilet (you may paper the seat) and relax to empty your bladder completely. 2. Stand up before flushing. 3. Wipe from front to back, and if you have a Bidet be sure to have the stream spraying from front to back. 4. Avoid bladder irritants such as carbonated beverages and artificial sweeteners. 5. Consider adding D-mannose and/or a highly concentrated cranberry extract supplement to your daily regimen, ask your doctor if this is ok. 6. If you are menopausal, discuss using vaginal estrogen or treating vaginal atrophy in some other way, if appropriate. If these methods don’t work, there are other options as well.
Linda Kiley, MD
Dr. Kiley is a Board Certified subspecialist in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, and is also Board Certified in general Obstetrics and Gynecology.