Your health care provider may ask you to submit another urine sample to ensure the treatment was effective and bacteria are no longer present in the bladder. If the bladder infection is gone, your health care provider may then give you some tips to try to avoid another bladder infection in the future.
Tips for preventing a bladder infection may include:
Keeping the genital area clean by wiping front to back. This may reduce the chance of transferring bacteria from the rectal area to the urethra.
Drinking plenty of fluids. This allows for frequent urination to flush the bacteria from the bladder, and may help reduce the risk of infections in those who are prone to recurring infections.
Urinating immediately after sexual intercourse. This may help flush out any bacteria that is transferred into the urethra.
Drinking cranberry juice. Cranberry juice may help prevent certain types of bacteria from attaching to the wall of the bladder.
People who wear catheters need special advice on how to change them carefully to avoid damaging to the area. Ask your doctor, carer or continence advisor.