Posted on: 22 Jul 2022
The summer is a time for fun, travel and relaxing! But, if you are someone who suffers from urinary tract infections (UTIs) and/or overactive bladder (OAB), the summer may be a time where you notice more symptoms. Let’s explore these conditions and how you can avoid and manage them while still enjoying your summer!
Summer months can raise your risk for getting a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). As the heat and humidity rise, it is easier for germs to grow. It is also easier to lose fluids, and people who don't stay hydrated could have a higher risk of getting a UTI. If treated early, there usually is not any long-term effects on your urinary system.
These tips can help avoid a UTI:
- Urinating after sex may lower the risk of UTIs by flushing out bacteria.
- Drink plenty of fluids to keep well hydrated.
- Don't put off urinating when you need to and don't rush to finish.
- Wipe from front to back to keep bacteria around the anus from getting into the vagina (in females) or urethra.
Overactive Bladder (OAB) is not something you can avoid in the summer if you have this condition, but you can help manage your symptoms as you travel and enjoy the summer months. You may not have direct access to a bathroom when you are on the road or in a unfamiliar place. But with a little planning before you leave, you can feel more at ease while away from home.
Here are some tips to help manage OAB:
- Plan for about 2-4 hours between your bathroom breaks or pit stops when on the road.
- Plan and pinpoint a few rest stops along your route before you leave home.
- Watch what you drink 2 hours before getting on a plane. Changes in cabin pressure and tight seat belts can put pressure on your bladder, especially if it is full.
- Try to book an aisle seat on the plane so it provides easier access to the bathroom.
- Learn the word for "toilet" if you are going to a country or region where you are not familiar with the language.
To learn more about UTIs and OAB, check out these free Bladder Health Resources.
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