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How Can Urethral Strictures be Prevented?

  1. Avoid injury to the urethra and pelvis.
  2. Be careful with self-catheterization
    • Use lubricating jelly liberally
    • Use the smallest possible catheter needed for the shortest time
  3. Avoid sexually transmitted infections.
    • Gonorrhea was once the most common cause of strictures.
    • Antibiotics have helped to prevent this.
    • Chlamydia is now the more common cause.
    • Infection can be prevented with condom use, or by avoiding sex with infected partners.
    • If a problem occurs, take the right antibiotics early. Urethral strictures are not contagious, but sexually transmitted infections are.