When it Comes to UTI Prevention, Does the Position Matter?

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Does position matter?

Preventing after-sex UTIs: does position matter? 

It’s not news that the more sex you have, the more likely you are to come down with a urinary tract infection (UTI). If this hasn’t been proven by your own experience, studies continue to demonstrate that sex is the greatest risk factor for UTIs, and this risk increases for women who have had a new partner in the previous year.

Sexual activity itself does not cause UTIs, but sex can introduce bacteria to a woman's urinary tract. Women are 10 times more likely to develop a UTI than men. This sad statistic begs the questions, does sexual position increase or decrease the chances of developing a UTI?

UTIs are caused when bacteria, the most common type being E. coli, enter the urethra or bladder leading to an infection. Women are much more likely to get UTIs than men because of the anatomy of their bodies. In women, there is a much shorter distance from the urethra to the anus which means the bacteria doesn’t have to travel nearly as far.

All intercourse has the potential to move bacteria from the rectal area to the vaginal area and it is not advised to switch from anal sex to vaginal penetration.

Currently, there isn’t a lot of evidence that suggests one sex position is more or less likely to result in a UTI. So while it’s difficult to say that you’re more likely to get a UTI from missionary than you are from kneeling wheelbarrow, for example, there are some things we know for sure. One, if you’re going to experiment with anal sex, do not switch from anal sex to vaginal penetration. E. coli cause 90% of all UTIs, and your anus is full of E. coli. Moving from anal penetration to vaginal penetration can astronomically increase your risk.

Since most E. coli is found in and around your anus, positions that enter from behind, like spooning and doggy style, may also increase your risk. Although there haven’t been many studies done on this topic, it’s common sense that the back-to-forward movement can carry some unwanted bacteria along for the ride.

The good news is you don’t have to let UTIs ruin your sex life. There are many effective strategies for preventing UTIs from sexual intercourse.

  1. Pee. I cannot stress how important it is to pee before and after having sex. This simple act helps flush out any bacteria that could have traveled up your urethra.
  2. Be smart about your birth control. Using a diaphragm and spermicide both increase a woman's chance of a developing a UTI. This is because the way a diaphragm rests doesn’t allow a woman to fully empty her bladder and spermicides are thought to kill the ‘good’ bacteria in the vagina making it easier for the ‘bad’ bacteria to form an infection.  
  3. Keep Clean. Clean your genitals before and after sex, this will prevent the spread of bacteria.
  4. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and Uqora after sex. Uqora provides multifold defense against bacteria, prohibiting E. coli from adhering to your urinary tract, increasing urine flow, and boosting your immune system, giving your body the protection it needs. 

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