UTIs in the Sexually Active

Sex increases the risk of developing a urinary tract infection (UTI), so UTIs are much more common in the sexually active. That’s because during sex bacteria is easily transferred from your or your partner's skin. UTI causes vary greatly, but sex is a huge risk factor. UTIs tend to be much more common in women than men since women have shorter urethras, meaning bacteria have to travel a shorter distance to reach the urinary tract, where infections can take hold.

UTI symptoms for UTIs caused by sex are the same for any type of UTI. The telltale signs are burning with urination, the urge to urinate, and potentially cloudy or pungent urine. A common evolution for a UTI might start with UTI symptoms, which indicate that a bladder infection has set in. At this point, it’s best to make an appointment with your doctor since you’ll likely need an antibiotics prescription to clear the infection. If you don’t treat a UTI, it can escalate into a kidney infection, which can be especially dangerous.

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.

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 treatment 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 can, 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 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 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. However, no matter what your propensity is, there are a handful of things you can do to prevent UTIs. There are a handful of ways you can help your body boost its natural defenses against urinary tract infections:
    • • Stay well hydrated. Urination is your body’s best natural defense against 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.

Prevent UTIs after sex with Uqora Target

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Sex is one of the most common causes of UTIs. It's likely that this has been proven by your own experience, and studies continue to demonstrate that sex is the greatest risk factor for UTIs. UTIs (sometimes called honeymoon cystitis or just cystitis) are caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract and are very common for women of all ages.

UTIs from 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 to enter the urinary tract. Most often, UTIs are caused by E. coli, which is responsible for more than 90% of UTIs. Often times, this bacteria is coming from the bacteria that live on our skin near our anus.

Women are much more likely to get UTIs than men because the distance is much shorter from the urethra to the anus for women. This means the bacteria don’t have to travel nearly as far in women as it does in 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.

 

Preventing UTIs when sexually active — what can you do?

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.
    • Drink Uqora after sex. Uqora bacteria from sticking to your urinary tract, keeping an infection from taking hold, stimulates urine production so you expel the infection quickly, and boosts your immune system with vitamins and electrolytes to help your body fend off infections.

Having sex with a UTI — is it possible? 

Can you have sex with a UTI? While it’s possible, it isn’t recommended. It is best to finish treatment 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.

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 of recurrent UTI 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 between the infections.

How do you get rid of a UTI?

It is extremely common for antibiotics to be started the moment a person has any symptoms of a UTI. However, antibiotics are not benign medications and are associated with many side effects, including short-term consequences like yeast infections, and long-term risks like antibiotic resistance.

If you notice symptoms, you can contact your doctor right away to begin treatment. You can also attempt to support your 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.
    • • During the time you are trying to fight off a bladder infection make sure to 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, which can help flush out UTI-causing bacteria, twice a day.

    If the UTI symptoms do not improve within 24 hours, it is 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.  

    It is extremely common for antibiotics to be started the moment a person has any symptoms of a UTI. However, antibiotics are not benign medications and are associated with many side effects, including short-term consequences like yeast infections, and long-term risks like antibiotic resistance.

    If you notice symptoms, you can contact your doctor right away to begin treatment. You can also attempt to support your 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.  During the time you are trying to fight off a bladder infection make sure to 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, which can help flush out UTI-causing bacteria, twice a day.

    If the UTI symptoms do not improve within 24 hours, it is 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.