Urinary tract infections (UTIs) affect around 8.1 million people a year. The urinary tract is composed of the bladder, kidneys, urethra, and the tubes that run between them, the ureters. Bacteria that can grow in this system can lead to infection. UTIs affect both the upper and lower urinary tracts and can develop in both men and women, though the latter are more often affected. Keeping the genital region clean is an essential step for preventing UTIs, even though the vaginal area is considered a self-cleaning mechanism.
After going to the washroom, it is best to wipe from front to back to prevent infection. Wiping back to front can redistribute bacteria, specifically E.coli, from the anal area to the vaginal area. Other conditions can stem from incorrect cleaning, as well, including candidiasis (thrush) and bacterial vaginosis.
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