It’s estimated that between 30 and 40 percent of women who have experienced a first-time UTI will have a recurrence within six months. Two causes of recurring UTIs are antibiotic resistance and the development and presence of bio film, a tool that allows bacteria to hide. Whether you get a recurring UTI after sex or because of genetics or a compromised immune system,there is hope. Here are five steps you can take for recurrent UTI prevention.

1. Take the UTI Quiz

Take Uqora’s UTI Quiz and find out what type of UTI prevention’s right for you in four questions or less. It’s a great way to get a handle on your UTI recurrence.

2. Urinate Soon After Sex

If you get a UTI after sex, it’s probably due to transfer bacteria from your partner’s skin that’s traveled along your urethra to the urinary tract. This is the place where infections often take hold. Urinating after sex is a great way to naturally flush out bacteria from your body.

3. Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is the key to urinating regularly. Urination is the mechanism by which your body naturally defends itself against UTIs, so drink up! Along with staying hydrated, you may also choose to take a UTI prevention pill that’s designed to break up bio film.

4. Wash In Between Anal and Vaginal Sex

If you engage in anal and vaginal sex with your partner, you should both plan to wash as you switch between these activities. By doing so, you’ll help remove bacteria from your bodies, reducing the risk of a UTI.

5. Ditch Feminine Products

Many douches, sprays and lubricants contain ingredients that affect your body’s natural bacterial balance. Remove these products from your daily repertoire and let your body attain its balance.

If you’re interested in these preventative steps and others, keep on reading to learn more. Fortunately for people with UTIs, there are products, FAQ’s and blog postings dedicated to recurrent UTI prevention.