WOW Health | Gynaecology

Looking to reduce my risk of developing a urinary tract infection

Q. I am a 36 year old woman and have given birth twice with no past history of UTI before the birth of our second child. However, in the last two years, I have had UTI five times.  I am looking to reduce my risk of developing a urinary tract infection. Please advice. – Sita Vaidya

A. These is the usual advice we give to women who frequently encounter urinary tract infection:

• Drink plenty of water (more than three litres) 

• Wipe your bottom from front to back

• Empty your bladder soon after intercourse

• Drink cranberry juice

• Wear clean and comfortable cotton underwear

• Get an ultra sonogram of abdomen and pelvis done to rule out any urinary tract abnormality which may have developed after your last child birth.

• Consult a gynaecologist to rule out any gynaecological problem or the contraceptive you are using as these may be the reason for the problem you are having repeatedly.  

Dr. Veena Shrivastava is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nepal Medical College and Gynaecologist in Nepal International Clinic. Send her your queries at