Thanks for writing to us with your health concern.
Recurrent UTI is defined as more than two episodes in 6 months , or more than 3 in a year.
If you are having one almost every month, then it definitely qualifies as recurrent UTI.
There could be various reasons for this.
The first is due to sexual intercourse, as women have a short urethra
, and are prone to UTIs if perineal hygiene is not meticulous.
You should wash thoroughly and pass urine after every act of intercourse.
Also do not rub, scrub, itch , scratch or handle the area excessively.
Just clean with warm water and XXXXXXX dry gently.
Also, do not use any soaps, gels, cleansers or douches.
Drink lots of water as a routine - 5 litres of fluids daily.
Deworm yourself, as it could be a primary anal infection
Untreated hypothryoidism also predisposes to infection.
Get your vitamin D levels checked, as vitamin D deficiency in itself predisposes to recurrent UTIs.
Your blood sugars should be tested to rule out diabetes
A renal ultrasound
scan and complete urine analysis should be done to detect any stones / abnormalities in the urinary tract
which predispose to recurrent infections.
Take proper urine culture based antibiotics as wrong / incomplete treatment can also lead to resistant UTI.
Also, empty your bladder more frequently ( avoid holding urine for prolonged period ) and avoid using public toilets.
Get a gynaecological opinion to rule out a lingering pelvic / vaginal infection
which could cause UTI .
Cranberry juice is effective in fighting against UTI.
IN general, maintain an ideal BMI and exercise regularly and eat sensibly to maintain good immunity to fight infections.
All the best.
Please feel free to discuss further.