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UTIs After Sex

It's true, UTIs often result from sex. But it's not the act itself that causes the infection. During sex, partners swap all sorts of bacteria (it's natural!) and when those microorganisms find their way into your urinary tract, it can lead to an infection.

E. coli bacteria are responsible for more than 90% of UTIs. Uqora helps flush these bad guys out.

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Getting UTIs after sex? Drink Uqora Target and skip the UTI.

Uqora Target works to prevent a UTI by flushing out the bad bacteria in the urinary tract after sex. It's a great and natural solution to prevent an infection from progressing. Drink Uqora Target after intercourse and skip your next UTI!

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"After wasting so much MONEY, PAIN, & TIME. I FINALLY found something that works. Sex is my only triggers for UTIs. I was getting one every 1-2 weeks which was awful! After using Uqora I’m back to being worry free. I use the Target drink mix along with the Control pills and I know I’m set. If you’re having the same problem and know that sex is the trigger for your UTIs, I highly recommend:)"
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UTIs from sex — how does it happen?

UTIs (sometimes called honeymoon cystitis or just cystitis) are caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract, and they're very common for women of all ages. Cystitis, or bladder inflammation, can also occur when there is no infection. This is called Interstitial Cystitis, and can also be aggravated by sexual activity.

While sexual activity itself does not cause UTIs, it creates an easy pathway for bacteria to enter the urinary tract. Most often, UTIs are caused by E. coli, which is responsible for more than 90% of UTIs. E. coli naturally live on our skin and near our anus, but when they find their way up the urinary tract, it can lead to an infection.

But it takes two to tango, so why do women get UTIs so much more frequently than men? In short: shorter urethras. The urethra and anus are located much closer together in women than in men, so bacteria can easily get transferred from the anus during sex. Plus, shorter urethras mean a quicker journey into the bladder. Bacteria have an easier time making the climb, so sex triggers UTIs for women way more often than men.

All intercourse has the potential to move bacteria from the rectal area to the vaginal area, but there are particular positions and types of sex that might be riskier than others.

     

    UTIs in the sexually active
    + UTI after sex: how does it happen?
    Sexual activity itself does not cause UTIs, but sex can create an easy path for bacteria that live in the bowel and may be present on our skin and bodies, to enter the urinary tract. Most often, UTIs are caused by E. coli, which is responsible for more than 90% of UTIs. E. coli is often found on the skin around our vaginas, and sex can help this UTI-causing bacteria travel, which often leads to a urinary tract infection.  That's why it's important to understand how to prevent UTIs with a supplement immediately after sex.
    + Is it okay to have sex during a UTI?
    Can you have sex with a UTI? While it’s possible, it isn’t recommended. It is best to finish treaPeeing after sex to prevent a UTItment and wait for your infection to heal fully before having sex. If you still have UTI symptoms, having sex will probably hurt. Even if most of your symptoms have subsided, when you have a UTI, your urethra is inflamed, and the friction from sexual intercourse can create an environment that helps bacteria stick to the tissue walls, grow, and spread to other areas of the urinary tract. This spreading of bacteria makes it possible to get another UTI while undergoing treatment for the first UTI, further complicating the infection.
    + Peeing after sex to prevent a UTI
    Peeing after sex is your body’s best mechanical defense against a UTI. Urinating quickly after sex helps dislodge and flush any bacteria that may have entered your urinary tract during intercourse. While it isn’t a sure way to stop a UTI from happening, it’s proven to be very helpful and is a good habit to incorporate in your post-sex routine. Stay well hydrated, and be sure to urinate frequently and fully, especially after sex.
    + Why do I get a UTI after intercourse?
    You’re not alone. Sex is one of the highest risk factors for UTIs, no matter who you are. Bacteria on the surrounding skin, or already in the vagina, can be pushed into the urethra during sex, increasing the chances of a UTI, and sometimes the friction can cause irritation to an already sensitive area.
    +How long after sex can you get a UTI?
    While it isn’t completely clear, some evidence suggests that you can get a UTI within 24 hours of sex. Because there haven’t been definitive answers about timing, it’s always a good idea to try to urinate within 15 minutes of sex.
    + Recurrent UTI after sex
    If your UTIs are recurring after sex, it could be because new bacteria is introduced each time (or a lot of times) that you have sex. In this case, follow the tips for prevention, and consider enlisting help, like the best uti prevention drink, Uqora Target, to flush out UTI-causing bacteria introduced during sex. It could also be that sex is exacerbating an embedded infection that was never fully cleared. Bacteria are able to use processes like biofilm to nest themselves in your urinary tract and release themselves later, causing a UTI from bacteria that was already hiding in your urinary tract. Uqora Control can help break down biofilm, preventing the UTIs that come out of nowhere.
    + What are the UTI prevention options?
    UTI prevention will be more difficult for some people who are naturally more prone to UTIs. That's why we recommend using Uqora Target, our effective prevention drink-mix, to flush out UTI-causing bacteria after sex and stay UTI-free.

    However, no matter what your propensity is, there are a handful of habits you can incorporate help your body boost its natural defenses against urinary tract infections:
      • Stay well hydrated. Urination is your body’s best natural defenseagainst UTIs, and the better hydrated you are the better your body can fend for itself.
      • Urinate immediately and fully — don’t hold it in. Go to the bathroom regularly and flush bad bacteria out of your urinary tract. Make sure you completely emptied your bladder and clean from front to back.
      • Avoid baths if you’re especially prone to UTIs and opt for showers instead.
      • Urinate soon after having sex to flush out bacteria.
      • Wear cotton underwear for maximum breathability.
      • Evaluate your birth control options if you’re suffering from repeat UTIs. Diaphragm, unlubricated condoms or spermicidal jelly for contraception may increase the risk of developing a UTI.
      • Try to avoid or dramatically limit consuming items which increase your bladder pH. This includes sugar, processed and pre-packaged ready-made items, caffeine, alcohol, dairy products, red meat and other animal protein, fish, lots of corn, wheat, and potatoes.
      • If you are postmenopausal, speak with your physician about how your hormonal changes could be impacting your risk of UTIs. Some physicians recommend estrogen supplements to help.

    How do you get rid of a UTI after sex?

    It's extremely common for antibiotics to be started the moment a person has any symptoms of a UTI. However, antibiotics are not benign medications—they're associated with many side effects, ranging from short-term consequences like yeast infections to long-term risks like antibiotic-resistant infections. Antibiotics should be used only if necessary, and in conjunction with other prevention tactics. 

    If you notice symptoms, you can contact your doctor right away to begin treatment. You can also attempt to support your body's natural defenses against urinary tract infections as a way to clear the infection by trying the following:

    • Drink plenty of water to stay fully hydrated, and urinate frequently.
    • Avoid sugar, processed and pre-packaged ready-made items, caffeine, alcohol, dairy products, red meat, fish, and other animal protein, corn, and wheat.
    • Drink Uqora Target twice a day to help flush out UTI-causing bacteria.

      If the UTI symptoms don't improve within 24 hours, it's critical that you contact your doctor. At this point, they will most likely recommend you take antibiotics to treat the infection. The duration of antibiotic use may vary from 1 to 7 days depending on the severity of the UTI and your medical history.

       

      Prevent UTIs after sex with Uqora Target

      Uqora Target works to prevent a UTI by flushing out the bad bacteria in the urinary tract after activities that typically cause an infection, like sex, swimming, exercise, and everyday activities. If you suffer from UTIs after sex, Uqora Target is a great and natural solution to prevent an infection from progressing. Drink Uqora after intercourse and say goodbye to your UTI!

      You guys... this stuff is a life saver.

      "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

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      How do you prevent UTIs after sex?

      UTI symptoms for infections caused by sex include burning with urination, the urge to urinate, and potentially cloudy or pungent urine. If you get recurrent UTIs, you've probably been told a million times to pee after sex. It's definitely necessary, but it isn't always enough.

      We also recommend drinking Uqora Target, our preventive drink mix designed to fend off UTIs caused by activities like sex and exercise. It's effective and simple—just mix a packet of Uqora Target with water, and drink it directly after sex. The drink mix tastes like pink lemonade and is made with ingredients found in nature.

      Uqora's ingredients work to prevent UTIs in three ways:


      1. They bind with UTI-causing bacteria, preventing bacteria from attaching to the urinary wall.
      2. They increase urinary flow with a gentle diuretic to help flush out UTI-causing bacteria introduced during sex.
      3. They boost your body's immune system function to help fight off bacteria.

      More tips on preventing UTIs when sexually active

      UTIs are an incredible burden on women. The risk of developing UTIs is higher after sex. If you’ve noticed your UTIs are linked to sex, practicing these things may help you prevent UTIs:

      • Stay well hydrated. Urination is your body’s best natural defense, so ensuring that you’re hydrated enough to urinate frequently throughout the day will help you ensure you’re flushing out bacteria frequently.
      • Consider taking a quick shower before sex. A quick rinse may help dislodge any bacteria hanging around the vagina that might be introduced during sex.
      • Urinate after having sex. Going to the bathroom right after sex will help your body expel any bacteria that may have been introduced during intercourse.
      • Avoid using a diaphragm, unlubricated condoms, or spermicidal jelly, which may increase the risk of developing a UTI. Consider alternative forms of contraception.

        Is having sex with a UTI bad?

        It's best to avoid sexual activity until your symptoms are gone and you've finished treatment. Even if most of your symptoms have subsided, your urethra is still inflamed during a urinary tract infection. The added friction from sexual intercourse can worsen the inflammation, allowing bacteria to stick to the tissue walls, grow, and spread to other areas of the urinary tract. And when bacteria spread, it increases your risk of getting another UTI while undergoing treatment for the first infection, which just further complicates things.

        Our best advice? Wait until your body feels completely back to normal before having sex. If you're still having symptoms, sex will likely just worsen the discomfort, and no one wants that. 

        Gardnerella Vagnalis (G. vagnalis) and UTIs — why BV might be linked to recurring UTIs

        Gardnerella Vagnalis (or G. vagnalis) might be the reason you keep getting UTIs. G. vagnalis is a bacterium commonly associated with bacterial vaginosis (BV). Conventional thinking has always pointed to the reintroduction of E. coli as the source of all UTIs. However, research suggests that the presence of G. vagnalis can trigger recurrent urinary tract infections without reintroducing E. coli into the urinary tract.

        G. vagnalis can essentially unearth E. coli already hiding in the bladder to cause another UTI. According to the study, when G. vagnalis is introduced into the urinary tract, it does not cause infection during exposure to the urinary tract, but it seemingly damages the cells on the surface of the bladder, causing E. coli from a previous UTI to start multiplying, leading to another UTI.

        Although research on the topic is ongoing, these findings begin to explain the link between yeast infections, BV and UTIs, indicating that there may be a cause-and-effect relationship between the two.

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