1. Empty your bladder as you feel the urge, or at least every two to three hours.
     
  2. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, to flush out bacteria.
     
  3. Urinate before and after sex to cleanse the genital area.
     
  4. During sex, try different positions that may cause less friction to your urethra from your partner's penis or other contacts.
     
  5. Wear cotton underwear; synthetic fabrics can trap moisture.
     
  6. Avoid using feminine hygiene sprays, scented douches, and other chemical-laden products that may irritate the urethra. Spermicidal jellies also may increase the risk of infection.
     
  7. Take showers instead of tub baths. Swimming in excessively chlorinated pools can also be problematic.
     
  8. Practice good hygiene. Wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria around the anus from entering the vagina or urethra.
     
  9. Get enough vitamin C in your diet. It makes the urine acidic and helps keep the number of harmful bacteria in check.
     
  10. Avoid excess sugar, alcohol, and coffee.

—A.S.