Always speak to your doctor or healthcare team as your first step in dealing with a UTI. These are tips only and not a substitute for medical advice.
Though we can’t guarantee you will avoid infections completely, taking certain measure can help reduce your risk of getting an infection.
- Clean your hands thoroughly before and after cathing: see our hand washing guide here
- Clean your genital area, especially around the entrance to the urethra, using an antiseptic wipe
- Try to touch the catheter as little as possible, or not at all
- Avoid fragranced washes, rinses and soaps
- Drink plenty of clear fluid, ideally water
- Wear cotton underwear that is not too tight
- Avoid pants that are tight around your genital area
- Some healthcare providers recommend taking cranberry extract, drinking cranberry juice or taking a natural remedy such as Waterfall D-Mannose. Speak to your doctor to determine what might be right for you
- Pee after sex
Useful sites for people with UTIs