Urinary track infections (commonly called UTI's and formally called bladder infections) are never any fun. Some people get them a lot more than others, but whether you have just had your first one, you are wanting to make sure you never get one, or you are having them a lot there are things you can do to prevent them from happening. By choosing to do these things you will improve your chances for preventing urinary track infections.

One Note.
It should be noted that urinary track infections that are chronic or frequent are often a sign that something else is wrong. You should make sure that you aren't having other problems. Talk to your doctor about it and find out if something else might be wrong. There are also times when a person has symptoms similar to a urinary track infection, but that they don't have one. Interstitial cystitis often mimics a bladder infection.

Drink Plenty of Water.
These days there are huge debates about whether or not water makes a difference. However, water has a lot to do with how your body functions. It is a good idea to make sure that you aren't dehydrated and you should know that if you are thirsty then you are already dehydrated. (For more information on water check out the article Are You Getting Enough Water?)

Go When You Have to Go.
The first thing you should do to work on preventing urinary tract infections is to make sure that you go to the bathroom when you have to go. If you have to hold it make sure that you aren't holding it for a long time. Go as soon as possible to empty the bladder so that bacteria doesn't have the time to build up in the urinary tract.

Avoid Great Hygiene.
It is important that you take the time to make sure that you have good hygiene. You should wash every day in the vaginal area. However, you shouldn't use anti-bacterial soaps down there. You shouldn't wash more than once a day and your goal should never be to kill of bacteria. Your body needs a balance of good and bad bacteria. By killing bacteria you will be killing the good sort as well as the bad. You don't want to do this.

Limit Douching.
Some people believe that your vaginal region isn't clean until you have douched, but douching regularly can lead to frequent urinary track infections. You shouldn't douche regularly and you shouldn't do it often. If you feel you need to do it every now and again that's fine, but don't get in the habit of doing it.

Wipe The Right Way.
Your urethra is just above the your vagina. It is important that you wipe in a way that won't bring bacteria into contact with it. That means you should start at the front and work your way to the back whenever bowel movements are involved. This is the best option for urination as well, but you can also pat yourself dry if you desire. Just make sure that you aren't rubbing bacteria in it.

Take The Right Sorts of Baths.
Avoid taking regular baths if at all possible. Try to shower instead. Sitting in the water can lead to bacteria entering the urinary tract. If you have to take a bath or if you really want to every now and again then you should make sure that you don't use bath products such as bath salts (that contain oils, fragrances, and dyes), bubble bath, other products. Instead add baking soda which will kill bacteria.

Don't Use Tampons.
Studies have shown that some women are very sensitive to tampon use. If you find you are having frequent urinary track infections you should try cutting out the tampons. You should be able to find out if this is the problem or not. If it is then you can skip using them altogether. If not you should make sure that you are changing them frequently so that bacteria doesn't have the chance to grow.

Change Your Birth Control.
Diaphragms are often associated with urinary track infections. Because of this you should choose a different option if you are having urinary track infections. Even if you only have a few urinary track infections it is a good idea to reconsider your birth control options.

Be Careful of Sex.
Sexual intercourse can cause bacteria to be rubbed into the urethra. To help prevent urinary track infections you should make sure that you go to the bathroom before and after sexual intercourse. It is also a good idea to avoid rough sex that causes a lot of friction to the urethra. If you continue to have problems change the positions you use so that you don't have as much friction on the urethra.

It's All In Your Undies.
Okay, so your urinary tract infection is definitely not all in your underwear. However, you should avoid wearing thongs, especially regularly if you get frequent urinary tract infections. You should also wear underwear that have a cotton crotch so that it wicks moisture away from the skin. Otherwise bacteria could grow and be held close to the body. Cotton underwear may even be better if you have a lot of moisture.

Vitamin C.
By taking a vitamin C supplement every day you will make your urine more acidic and that will make it harder for bacteria to grow. You should pick out a chewable vitamin C supplement and follow the directions.

Treating a Urinary Tract Infection.
If you already have a urinary tract infection all of these tips are good for you, but there are things that you can do that will help you to get rid of your urinary tract infection. You can see the article Home Remedies: Curing Bladder Infections (or UTI).

Prevention can save you a lot of pain, time, effort, and money. When it comes to preventing urinary tract infections there are a wide variety of things that can make a huge difference, especially if you have frequent problems. Remember that by doing simple things to prevent your urinary tract infections you will go far in making a better life for yourself.