If you have a UTI, you can help yourself get better by:

  • Drinking plenty of water—Aim to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. This will help flush the bacteria and antibiotics out of the urinary tract.
  • Going to the bathroom when you need to—If you feel the urge to pass urine, do so as soon as you can. Holding back may cause bacteria to grow.
  • Passing urine and drinking a full glass of water after having sex.
  • Washing your genitals daily.
  • Wiping from front to back after a bowel movement (women).
  • Not using douches and feminine sprays (women).

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrienne Carmack, MD
  • Review Date: 09/2018 -
  • Update Date: 09/20/2018 -