You Asked It — Ugh, UTIs!

You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers.

UTIs suck, and I get them ALL the time. What can I do to prevent them?

OW! UTIs are no fun. Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent them.

UTIs, or urinary tract infections, are caused when bacteria gets into your urinary tract and your urinary tract becomes infected. Generally speaking, they’re pretty uncomfortable, but luckily, there are a few things you can do to help prevent them.

First, make sure to pee before AND after sex. This prevents bacteria from moving up your urethra (the tube that brings pee out of your body from your bladder). Also, always wipe front to back. Otherwise, you risk introducing bacteria into your urethra, which, again, is what causes UTIs in the first place. Finally, stay hydrated, and use the bathroom when you feel the urge to pee.

These tips should help! But if you try these things and still get a lot of UTIs, try talking to your doctor. There might be something else going on. Good luck!

About You Asked It

At the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, we answer a lot of questions. Topics range from nutrition to pregnancy prevention, and everything in between. Now, we’re bringing these questions back to you with our new weekly advice column, You Asked It. Got a question? Holler at us in the comments, send us a message on Facebook or Twitter, or email us at

Missed a You Asked It post? Check out our previous Q&As: Fit on the Cheap, Private Parts, Private Tests, Coitus InterrWHATus?, Modest at the Docs, Condom Problems and Boys & Shots.

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