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What You Should Know About Sex and UTIs

What You Should Know About Sex and UTIs

UTI stands for urinary tract infection and 75 percent of the time they are triggered by having sex. Itís a totally common health issue. It has nothing to do with your personal hygiene. And getting one can be painful, so here are a few tips to help prevent them.

Going to the bathroom is key. You donít have to sprint to the toilet immediately after sex. Simply follow this protocol as much as possible:

  • Drink about two quarts of water each day.
  • Pee regularly throughout the day. Donít hold it in for hours at a time.
  • Pee right before you go to bed. Even better, go twice before bed. Pee once and then 15 minutes later.
  • Pee at least 30 minutes before and after intercourse.

Want to do a little extra-credit prevention? This stuff can also help fend off a UTI:

  • Drink 4-ounces of 100%-natural cranberry juice a day. No added sugar. Vodka-cranberry combos donít count. Just pure juice.
  • Wipe from front to back, especially after a bowel movement.
  • Make sure your underwear has a cotton crotch. Cotton breathes but synthetic lining can trap moisture and spread bacteria.
  • Use lube during sex to reduce friction on your urethra. Changing up your sex positions will also help.
  • Avoid soaps, douches, sprays, or spermicides that have irritated your vag before.
  • Take vitamin C.

Now, if you experience pain or burning while peeing, and a constant feeling that you have to pee, you might have a UTI. Other symptoms include pink urine (from blood), a fever or chills, pain in your lower back, and peeing very little even though you feel like you really have to go a lot. Go see a doctor and have it checked out ASAP. (You donít want it to turn into a kidney infection or worse, like a 10-day hospital visit!) UTIs are usually treated with a round of antibiotics.

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2:39AM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

Thank you :)

12:32PM PDT on Aug 15, 2013

Good to keep in mind! Thanks

11:01AM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

5:15AM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

good information

1:40AM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

Thank you for sharing

1:27AM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

It also helps to wash before and after sex (yes, sucks to get up when all you want to do is sleep or lay in bed for a while enjoying the moment, but the though of having an UTI and how it hurts gets me up in no time!).

3:29PM PDT on Aug 12, 2013


7:45AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

Thank you.....I have 6 daughters and I think I've had this talk with all of them

8:29PM PDT on Aug 11, 2013

Oh drat, Cosmos are tasty!

3:52PM PDT on Aug 9, 2013

Sadly, very recent clinical studies have shown that cranberry juice is not so effective for UTIs. Hopefully, they will show that pineapple juice is still good for UTIs.

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