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close this bookWhere There Is No Doctor - A Village Health Care Handbook (Hesperian Foundation, 1993, 516 p.)
close this folderChapter 18 - THE URINARY SYSTEM AND THE GENITALS
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentUrinary Tract Infections
View the documentKidney or Bladder Stones
View the documentEnlarged Prostate Gland
View the documentDiseases Spread By Sexual Contact (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
View the documentGonorrhea (Clap, VD, the Drip) and Chlamydia
View the documentSyphilis
View the documentBubos: Bursting Lymph Nodes in the Groin (Lymphogranuloma Venereum)
View the documentHow and When to Use a Catheter (A Rubber Tube to Drain Urine from the Bladder)
View the documentProblems of Women
View the documentVaginal Discharge (a mucus or pus-like stuff that comes from the vagina)
View the documentHow a Woman Can Avoid Many Infections
View the documentPain or Discomfort in the Lower Central Part of a Woman's Belly
View the documentMen and Women Who Are Not Able to Have Children (Infertility)

How a Woman Can Avoid Many Infections

1. Keep the genital area clean. When you bathe (daily if possible) wash well with mild soap.

2. Urinate after sexual contact. This helps prevent urinary infections (but will not prevent pregnancy).

3. Be sure to clean yourself carefully after each bowel movement. Always wipe from front to back:


Wiping forward can spread germs, amebas, or worms into the urinary opening and vagina. Also take care to wipe little girls' bottoms from front to back and to teach them, as they grow up, to do it the same way.