As urinary tract infections become more common, some physicians are turning to daily antibiotics for UTIs. What does this mean? Antibiotics fight off bacteria and infection. Doctors are giving patients antibiotics to prevent UTIs. This may sound reasonable, but there are some inherent problems with taking antibiotics, such as ciprofloxacin after sex, without actually having an infection.
Why Are UTIs Common After Sex?
UTIs are bacterial infections that occur in the urinary tract. UTIs can be painful and inconvenient. Although many women continue to work and take care of business with a UTI, it can definitely slow a person down. Women get UTIs after sex because their urethra is so close to the genitals and anus. Bacteria enters the urethra, which can cause an infection. It’s common for women to have repeat UTIs. About 20% of women suffer from repeat infections.
Why Taking Prophylactic Antibiotics Can Be Hazardous to Your HealthProphylactics are used to prevent disease. Using antibiotics to prevent UTIs sounds like a good idea, in theory, but the problem is that you can become antibiotic resistant. That means that antibiotics won’t work as effectively against the bacteria. In one study, taking Cipro to prevent UTIs led to other problems. Women didn’t get UTIs, but they did have nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Sex on antibiotics that cause those side effects doesn’t sound like much fun. Repeat use of antibiotics can lead to “superbugs” that don’t respond to antibiotics. Bacteria reproduces very quickly. Only the best germs survive each cycle. That means that the ones that survive are better able to become resistant to the antibiotics. Every time you take antibiotics, it increases the chance that you may need stronger antibiotics the next time you have an infection.
Options to Prevent UTIs Without Antibiotics
Preventing UTIs after sex doesn’t need to involve antibiotics. Keep in mind that once you have a UTI, you will probably have to take an antibiotic to treat the infection. Rather than waiting until you get an UTI to take action, make prevention part of your routine. There are many other ways to prevent UTIs than to use antibiotics. You can boost your body’s defense against a UTI with these tips:
If you continue to get UTIs after sex, you may also want to talk to your doctor about your birth control methods. Diaphragms, spermicidal jelly and condoms may increase your risk of UTIs, even with preventative measures. You should remember that not all birth control methods prevent STDs, so make sure you’re using products that are effective for your needs.
Post-menopausal women often get recurrent UTIs due to hormonal changes. You may want to speak to your healthcare provider about estrogen supplements to balance out your hormones to prevent UTIs.
If you wear adult incontinence products, make sure to change them regularly to prevent bacteria from growing.
Prevent Your Next UTI
Uqora is an over-the-counter simple drink mix to prevent UTIs after sex. You can make UTI prevention part of your daily routine very easily. Avoid using antibiotics to prevent your next UTI. Instead, use a pill to take after intercourse to prevent UTI.
Uqora’s products aren't made with cranberry, and they aren't antibiotics. At Uqora, we use unique ingredients found in nature to develop products that work. Our drink mix will flush out bacteria introduced during specific activities, like sex or exercise.
"I suffered from CHRONIC UTIs and have had some pretty serious repercussions from taking mass amounts of antibiotics. I have not had a UTI since I started taking uqora. I drink it after things that are my triggers (sex in particular) and it stops it in it’s tracks!"
Lacey, Uqora customer