My partner and I have been together about 6 months now and almost every time we have sex, I end up with a urinary tract infection. The first time it happened, I took a course of antibiotics. I don’t want to keep taking them so would like to prevent the UTI’s in the first place. What do I need to do?
Thank you for your email. I’m sorry to hear you’re having problems with UTI’s. They can be really irritating, uncomfortable and get in the way of our sex lives.
First of all, it’s important to know the signs of a UTI so that you can catch it early before it turns into a bladder or kidney infection.
Infection in the lower part of the urinary tract can cause these symptoms:
*more frequent need to urinate
*blood in your urine
*more than usual pain or tenderness in your pelvic area or lower back
*cloudy or stronger smelling urine
*stinging, pain or discomfort when urinating.
*feeling generally rundown or unwell
Infections in the upper part of the urinary tract can also include these symptoms:
*vomiting or diarrhoea
Here are few simple rules to help prevent UTI’s:
- Always go to the loo as soon as you feel the need to urinate. Holding it in can weaken the urinary system, making you more susceptible to infection.
- Always pee after sex. I know you’d rather drift off to sleep in your lover’s arms, but this will greatly reduce your risk of getting a UTI.
- It may seem obvious, but make sure you and your partner wash your hands before and after sex.
- Keep your genitals clean. Remember to wipe front to back and wash your genitals at least once a day.
- Never put something in your pussy that was just in your ass! It is the number one way to spread infection. Clean it or put a new condom on it, but definitely do not cross contaminate!
- Do not put any kind of sugary food near your pussy! No matter how much your boyfriend wants to turn you into a human ice cream Sunday, just say no! UTI’s just love a bit of sugar.
- Check that your method of birth control isn’t causing any problems. Some women find that using a diaphragm puts extra pressure on their bladder, which in turn makes them more prone to UTI’s. Also, it’s possible that you could have an allergy to certain condoms and/or lubricant. Try using hypoallergenic ones instead. Also, spermicidal condoms or lube can be an irritant to some women.
- Some people advise drinking cranberry juice regularly. Personally I think most cranberry juices are too full of sugar to be good for you. You could try taking cranberry juice tablets instead.
It also never hurts to look after your health in general. Make sure you eat well and get some gentle exercise every day. If your UTI’s persist, talk to your sexual health practitioner.