Can you have sex with a UTI?

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Can you have sex with a UTI, or should you save the sexcapades for later?

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The one #flawless thing about UTIs? Their ability to show up at the worst times! Frustrating is an understatement, especially when you want to release some sexual tension. So, let’s be honest, can you have sex with a UTI?

The short answer: yes… But, it'll most likely cause more pain and complications. 

Putting your sex life on hold will speed up recovery time:

A lower urinary tract infection happens when bacteria gets in your urethra and adheres to it, or travels up to the bladder and multiplies. If a UTI goes untreated, it can spread to the kidneys (the upper urinary tract) and cause permanent damage, or sepsis.

During a UTI, your urethra and/or bladder become inflamed because chemicals from your body’s white blood cells are sent to the site of the infection to protect you. These chemicals cause fluid to leak into the sensitive tissues that surround your bladder, urethra, and pelvic region, resulting in swelling. Sexual activity can further irritate those sensitive tissues and prolong the healing process. These symptoms won’t stop you from having vaginal intercourse, but the discomfort and pain will probably kill your mood.

Keep in mind that penetration from sex tends to push bacteria further into your urethra, which can reinfect you or introduce a new source of bacteria.

Can you have sex with a UTI if you're on antibiotics?

If you're experiencing UTI symptoms, contact your doctor as soon as possible. The sooner you are diagnosed, the sooner you’ll get it on. Once your doctor determines you have a UTI, they’ll prescribe you a 3-10 day course of antibiotics. We know, 10 whole days might as well be an eternity at this point, so keep in mind:

  • Some experts recommend you wait until you’ve been symptom-free for two weeks. Others say you’re good to go if you’re symptoms have subsided.
  • However, just because you’re symptoms are gone, doesn’t mean the infection is. That’s why it’s essential to take the entire course of prescribed antibiotics.
  • This will also lessen the chances of reinfection. Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor in the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the Yale University School of Medicine, tells SELF Magazine,“If you’ve got an antibiotic around, it’s probably going to take care of any potential organisms that might be thinking of invading.”  
  • Don’t be embarrassed to ask your doctor, “Can you have sex with a UTI?” They'll discuss which options are best suited for you and your body.
Just because you put off sex doesn’t mean you’ll lose the spark! Keep the sexual tension growing:
  • Makeout, tease, or keep it PG with your partner. 
  • Talk about the new things you want to experiment with in bed as soon as your UTI is cleared.
  • Read some cheesy erotic fiction out loud to each other. Laughter will keep the mood up and increase your libido.
  • Literally ‘Netflix and Chill’ (not that you need an excuse). 

Ultimately, the choice is yours. If your answer to “can you have sex with a UTI?” is a YES, here are some tips to better manage your situation:

  • Urinate before and after sex.
  • If you feel the urge to pee during sex, go to the bathroom.
  • Do not switch directly from anal to vaginal sex, and avoid oral sex. This introduces more bacteria directly to your urethra.
  • Wash after intercourse, and wash your sex toys as well!

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