UTI and Sex

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What is UTI ?

Urinary Tract Infection is an infection in any part of the urinary system which includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. The infections usually occur in the lower urinary tract i.e bladder and urethra.

Symptoms of UTI

  • Increased urge to urinate 
  • Cloudy urine
  • Pain/Burning while urinating 
  • Fever 
  • Chills 
  • Pain in the pelvic region
 

How will you contract a UTI?

The infection is usually caused by bacteria that enter the urethra and bladder. This bacteria can also travel up the ureters and infect your kidneys. The infection in the bladder is caused by a bacteria called E.Cloi which is commonly found in the gastrointestinal tract which spread from the anus to the urethra.

Why are women at a higher risk?

  • Shorter urethra which enables the bacteria to reach the bladder easily 
  • Sexually active women tend to have more UTIs
  • Women who use diaphragms as birth control measure are vulnerable to STIs 
  • Menopause causes changes in the urinary tract leading to higher risk 
 

How can sexually active women prevent UTI?

  • Clean your genital and anal areas(front to back) before and after intercourse
  • Urinate before and after sex
  • Use a lubricant to avoid irritating the urethra during penetrative sex 
  • Recommended to avoid using diaphragms or spermicide as a birth control measure if you are prone to UTIs

Treatment for UTIs

  • Antibiotics are the most common treatment for UTI. Make sure to take all of the prescribed medication even if you feel better in a day or two. Drink plenty of water to flush the bacteria out of your system.