Being intimate with a new partner is exciting! You crave their attention, you’re exploring each other’s bodies, and you get to learn about them on a whole different level. The downside to this new for hunger sex is that sometimes our bodies don’t adjust to our partners so smoothly. This has not been confirmed via scientific research, but there is strong anecdotal evidence that new or multiple sex partners increase the risk of BV, yeast infection, and UTI. Sex is a common trigger of urinary tract infections (UTI) and bacterial vaginosis (BV) so it’s important to understand why this happens and how to prevent it.
UTI New Sex Partner
Did you know that UTIs were called “honeymoon cystitis” back in the day? It was a cutesy name that implied you were getting “it” on a lot, like the way you would on your honeymoon or in the honeymoon phase of a relationship. Regardless of relationship status, sex is a main cause of UTIs, so why does that happen?
So is your new sex partner giving you a UTI? No. It’s more like the bacteria that naturally exist on your skin and theirs is causing a UTI. It also doesn’t help that women have shorter urethras than men, so these bacteria have less distance to travel and more time to begin an infection. Some women are also more prone to UTIs than others, and if you have a compromised immune system from an autoimmune disease, diabetes, or are postmenopausal, this increases your risk.
If you already have UTI symptoms (painful, burning, and frequent urination, blood in urine, and urinating a small amount) seek medical attention as soon as possible. The only way to treat and cure a UTI is with 3-7 day course of antibiotics. The sooner you see your doctor, the easier the infection is to treat. UTIs do not go away on your own, ignoring these warnings signs are dangerous as the infection could spread to your kidneys, or to your bloodstream (sepsis).
Prevention for UTI with a new sex partner
BV New Sex Partner
There is strong anecdotal evidence that new or multiple sex partners increase the risk of BV (bacterial vaginosis). BVis the most common vaginal infection and it’s caused by an imbalance in vaginal bacteria. Individuals have very different bacterial microbiomes on their skin, so exposing those microbiomes to the vagina can disrupt the balance of the vaginal microbiome and lead to vaginal infections like BV and yeast infections.
If you have a new partner, you might go through several months of cyclical BV and yeast infections because the antibiotics for these infections can also increase the risk of other infections. When antibiotics kill unhealthy bacteria, they also kill the “good” bacteria (lactobacillus). Strains Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus reuteri are clinically proven to prevent relapse BV infections. They produce lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide which keeps the vaginal pH moderately acidic level of 3.8-4.5. When these bacterial colonies exist in great numbers, they’re successful at inhibiting the growth of pathogens.
Prevent BV with your new sex partner
Women with new sexual partners should try and restore vaginal microbiome and prevent UTIs because if they prevent UTIs, they won't have to take antibiotics. Things that deplete lactobacilli levels are:
Taking steps to replenish lactobacilli is easy. You may have heard about probiotics or eating foods like yogurt or kombucha to achieve a healthy gut. Probiotics are also good for your vaginal health. But not all lactobacilli strains are created equally. Probiotics containing L.rhamnosus and L.reuteri traverse the digestive tract before reaching your vagina and colonizing there.Urinary tract infections and bacterial vaginosis shouldn’t get in the way of being intimate with your new boo!Our daily probiotic blend Promote, is a combination of these strains.Since BV has been shown to increase the risk of recurring UTIs, Promote is the key to preventing both of these infections.