5 Ways To Prevent A Urinary Tract Infection From Happening

5 Simple Ways To Prevent A UTI

by | May 18, 2018

Unfortunately, thanks to the way our bits are designed, women are way more likely than men to get urinary tract infections on the reg (cheers, evolution!) And as those who’ve experienced one would agree – it’s not at all pleasant experience. Think: burning pain when you pee, back aches, fatigue, nausea, dizziness…the list of unsavoury symptoms goes on and on.

UTI’s occur when bacteria on the outside of the body (from the butt or vaja) finds its way into the urethra OR when bacteria that’s already in the bladder multiplies to unhealthy levels. The majority of us will contract a UTI multiple times during our lifetime (yay!), with sexual activity, certain types of birth control and menopause all increasing the risk.

That said, it doesn’t have to be an inevitability. Here are five simple steps you can take to help prevent a UTI:

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1. Keep the fluids up

Water not only helps dilute your urine, it makes us pee more often, allowing any bacteria to be flushed from the system before an infection can take hold.

2. Think twice about baths

Unless you are getting in and out of the tub quickly, you’re pretty much swimming in a sea of bath product and bacteria that’s been washed off your body.

3. Change your toilet tactics

Wiping from to back (especially after a #2) helps stop rectal bacteria from spreading to places it shouldn’t be (aka, your urethra).

4. Shower after a workout

Sweaty active wear (and wet swimsuits, for that matter) double as a breeding ground for bacteria, which means showering and changing your clothes should be priority.

5. Pee after sex

Even if you don’t need to go, taking a wiz after sex is always a good idea. During the act, bacteria (from both you and your partner) can migrate to the urethra and then up to the bladder.

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6. Load up on probiotics

Fermented foods (like sauerkraut and yogurt) do more than aid digestion – they can also help populate good vaginal bacteria.

7. Skip the synthetics

If your undies are super tight and not 100 per cent cotton, it can make things pretty moist downstairs, which is the perfect environment for bad bacteria to thrive.

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It’s official: Shorts Season is officially here. While lockdown has seen many of us realise that activewear is less something to be worn for a workout and more a uniform we choose to do any and all daily activities in, when the warmer temperatures roll around, that favourite pair of sweatpants and leggings sometimes don’t cut it. Sure, they might be a staple in any wardrobe, but the Aussie sun doesn’t listen to reason, no matter how comfortable or cute it might be. And when it comes to summer, working out in leggings can feel like being trapped in a sauna, the sweat pooling at your ankles and around the waistband – as well as those other areas we won’t mention here. 

But as we transition from leggings to shorts, it becomes clear pretty quickly that not all shorts are created equal, and certainly not all shorts are fit for a workout. Take it from us at Women’s Health HQ, we’ve been there, tried it and lived to see the consequences. From the shorts that look cute but ride up to show your undies on the run, to those that feel like being strapped into a harness that’s digging into your hip bones. Then there are the fabrics that can cause chafing – a big no – and those that basically shine a spotlight on any area you might be sweating. 

Thankfully, a number of brands are here to cater to your exercise needs with innovative materials, fabrics and sustainable options to see you through a summer of movement. Regardless of your workout preferences or daily activity, we’ve selected the best shorts that will ensure you feel good in your body, shorts that get you excited to embrace the day and attack it with energy, that make you want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, whether it be walking, running, or socialising in the park. Here are our pick of the best bike shorts below. 


Uptown Biker, $240

What says summer more than a pop of orange and the sleek shape of these Nagnata biker shorts? With its mid-length and horizontal raised rib side detail, these are shorts you can wear both for a workout and out to meet the girls. Made in Australia with a technical knit fabrication, the double-layer jacquard provides gentle sculpting qualities for the body, making it an excellent choice for light to moderate fitness activities like yoga, pilates or barre. 

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New Balance

Q Speed Fuel Short, $70

We love the colour of these shorts from New Balance which are cut with a sleek, speedy look that also helps to elongate the legs. Featuring NB DRY moisture wicking fabric, these are the shorts you want for high intensity exercise or long runs, keeping you comfortable and dry. There’s also an interior brief for added comfort and a stash pocket to keep your essentials. 

All Access

Ultra High Rise Zip Front Biker Short, $78

Yes, the colour is amazing but the fit is equally sensational on these All Access shorts. For those who love a high-rise fit and wide waistband that holds you in at the waist, look no further. The sleek, shiny look offers mid-compression and the fabric is moisture-wicking, so you can stay comfortable even during your sweatiest workouts. 


Nike x Naomi Osaka Utility Short, $90

Few things are worse than heading out the door for a run and realising your shorts offer no pockets for those essentials you need. You’re left to hold your iPhone, keys, and anything else you might need in your sweaty palm. Thankfully, Naomi Osaka knows what we need when it comes to exercise shorts and these utility shorts from her collaboration with Nike offer all that and more with a relaxed fit and elastic waistband. 


Session short Tights, $72

When it comes to bike shorts, you want to feel supported and held in but you also want to be able to breathe. These Tracksmith session short tights are exceptional in offering support while still ensuring comfort remains a priority. Forget about chafing, these shorts won’t ride up and down and the fabric offers more coverage and support against the body. 

Outdoor Voices

Relay 3” Short, $48

Who said summer shorts have to be boring? Outdoor Voices brings fashion-forward style and playfulness to their collections with fun prints and exciting colours. We love the relay 3” shorts for their ultralight, quick-drying fabric that also happens to be made from recycled polyester. But more importantly, we love the print and Poppy Swirl is as good as it gets. There’s even a hidden pocket for your valuables, too. 


Align High-Rise Short 6”, $69

If you’re familiar with the buttery-soft feel of Lululemon’s tights, you’ll want to get your hands on a pair of their shorts, too. Made with the same Nulu fabric that their tights are known for, these shorts feel weightless and super soft. They might be our go-to staple for any workout, but the feel is so second-skin that it’s hard to not wear them for every other activity, too. 

Spiritual Gangster

Seamless Biker Short, $112

These biker shorts from Spiritual Gangster move with you, thanks to a three-tiered compressive waistband that offers a flattering high waist that hugs you in all the right places, without proving constrictive. They offer medium compression but are built for all day comfort, and the colour is a true summer staple because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love tie-dye?