Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a common infection that can affect the bladder, kidneys, and ureters (the tubes that connect the bladder and the kidneys).
There are a whole lot of myths floating around the internet telling you how to avoid and treat these infections, so let's set them straight.
1. Anyone can get a UTI.
2. The first thing you should do when you feel the symptoms is drink lots of water.
3. But stick to water, because many other drinks can actually aggravate the symptoms.
4. Chugging cranberry juice will not cure you, though cranberry pills may be effective.
5. There's nothing to suggest that your diet affects your likelihood of being infected.
6. If you're prone to UTIs, avoid G-string, thongs, and tight trousers.
7. Infection is more likely to happen after anal sex than vaginal.
8. If you're a woman and get an infection after penetrative sex, it's unlikely that it was passed on to your from your partner.
9. This is why it's so important to pee after sex.
10. BUT this doesn't mean it's impossible that your partner is increasing your chance of getting a UTI inadvertently.
11. Condoms that use a spermicide called nonoxynol-9 can increase the likelihood of infection.
12. The diaphragm could also increase the likelihood of infection.
13. It's also possible that dirty sex toys might increase the chances of getting infected.
14. There is no link between an allergy to sperm and UTIs.
15. Rough sex isn't more likely to cause a UTI.
16. Waterfall d-mannose won't cure an existing infection.
17. In fact, there are no herbal remedies that can actually cure a UTI.
18. Taking an antibiotic pill before or after sex can also help prevent infections.
So armed with this knowledge, go forth and have infection-free fun!
Natalya Lobanova is junior staff writer at BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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