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Urinary tract infections affect around 8.1 million people a year. The entire urinary tract is made up of the bladder, the kidneys, the urethra and the tubes that run between them, called the ureters. Bacteria that can grow, and harm the body's defenses cause infection in this system. Urinary tract infections affect both the upper urinary tract and the lower urinary tract. Urinary tract infections develop in both men and women, but women are more prone to urinary infections. For women, it is essential to keep the vaginal area clean from any outside bacteria. The vagina is a self-cleaning mechanism, but that doesn't mean women are to leave it completely alone as far as hygiene and health goes.

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1. Incorrect Wiping Direction

If after you've had a bowel movement, it's crucial to wipe correctly. Wiping in the right direction is wise. Cleaning from the front (vagina) to back (anus) is the correct orientation. If you wipe from back to front, you are only dragging all the bacteria, mainly E.coli, from your anus right into the vaginal area. Even if the toilet paper comes away clean, traces of feces and fecal bacteria will still be present. Subsequently, spreading bacteria over your genital area. It's not only urinary tract infections that breed through bacteria but other conditions such as Candidiasis (thrush) and Bacterial Vaginosis.

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