Does Cranberry Juice Really Prevent UTIs?

Does Cranberry Juice Really Prevent UTIs?

Your urinary tract includes your bladder and urethra. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a risk in both men and women due to the potential for bacteria to travel from the intestines into the urinary tract. UTIs present with uncomfortable systems, and can become a recurring issue if you’re particularly susceptible.

Although UTIs are a fact of life for many, you don’t have to just live with your symptoms of urinary urgency, clouded or bloody urine, or a burning sensation when urinating. You have treatment and prevention options that really work. 

At the Urology Center of Orange County, Dr. Khaled Fareed provides care and treatment to male and female patients with urinary tract issues, including UTIs.

Dr. Fareed can help you treat a UTI once it’s already developed from his office in Fountain Valley, California. He can also advise you on UTI prevention, so you don’t have to go through this uncomfortable and embarrassing experience too frequently. There are lots of myths out there about UTI prevention. Do you have the real facts?

UTI prevention myths

One of the biggest myths about UTIs is that they’re caused by poor personal hygiene. That’s almost never the case. You can’t effectively prevent UTIs by improving your shower or bathing routine, because that’s probably not the issue in the first place.

Cranberry juice is a widely-known folk remedy for UTIs. Cranberries do show some promise for UTI prevention in some, potentially due to increasing the acidity of urine or the slipperiness of your urinary tract, resulting in a less bacteria-friendly environment.

While the science is still out about the effectiveness of cranberry against UTIs, drinking cranberry juice isn’t likely to hurt the situation. Just watch out for added sugars, and remember that cranberry definitely doesn’t help with a UTI once it’s already gotten started in your system.

Getting real about UTI prevention

While cranberry supplements might not be your remedy to prevent UTIs, that doesn’t mean the situation is hopeless. Talk to Dr. Fareed about your UTI treatment and prevention needs, and get advice that can really work for you. Urodynamic studies are just one of the tools that Dr. Fareed can use to better understand your unique UTI risks and prevention needs.

Your hydration balance is often key to UTI prevention. When you’re well-hydrated, your urinary system stays strong and healthy. You might also need to adjust your body’s hormonal balance or internal bacteria biome.

UTI prevention also involves your genital health and sexual behavior. Emptying your bladder after vaginal intercourse is one effective UTI prevention technique if you’re female. Spermicides used for contraception alter bacteria levels, creating UTI risk, so alternate birth control strategies might be a good idea for you and your partner.

For the facts on UTI prevention in both men and women, turn to Dr. Fareed at the Urology Center of Orange County. You can schedule your initial consultation appointment with Dr. Fareed over the phone or online today. 

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