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8 Ways Women Can Prevent a Urinary Tract Infection

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A dull ache and heaviness in your lower abdomen and an urgent need to rush to the washroom may indicate a urinary tract infection (or UTI). If you are one of the unlucky women who suffer from frequent UTIs (2 or more within a 6-month period), you can do your part to prevent the growth of E. coli bacteria (which causes a UTI) in the urinary tract.

Give your body a germ-fighting boost with these eight UTI-prevention tactics…

1. Use Unscented Bath Products

Women vs. men are already at a disadvantage when it comes to developing a UTI due to the fact that the female urethra (the little tube that links the bladder to the outside of the body) is shorter. However, you can reduce the risk of irritation and bacteria buildup around the urethra by using unscented or non-perfumed bath products that may make contact and encourage a urethra infection.

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