Association between urinary tract infection and postmicturition wiping habit

Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2006;85(11):1395-6. doi: 10.1080/00016340600936977.


Urinary tract infections are common in pregnancy. In pregnancy urinary tract infections have an associated risk of premature labour. This study looks at the incidence of urinary tract infections and the method of perineal hygiene used after urination. Wiping back to front is associated with a greater risk of developing urinary tract infection than wiping front to back.

MeSH terms

  • Escherichia coli
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hygiene*
  • Perineum / microbiology*
  • Pregnancy
  • Urinary Tract Infections / etiology*
  • Urinary Tract Infections / microbiology
  • Urination