The link between sex and UTIs
The dreaded UTI can strike anyone and most of us know all too well that painful feeling of being lumbered with one and the bad news is, unfortunately it can often be aftermath of a night between the sheets.
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While it’s not a given that sex will lead to a UTI, according to everydayhealth.com, 80 percent of pre-menopausal female UTI sufferers had been in sexual contact 24 hours prior. We all know the tell-tale symptoms of painful urination, lower back pain and lower abdominal cramping and the feeling is often described as 'peeing glass' - eeek.
So, why do we get this pesky problem?
Essentially it comes down to our nether regions being in contact with foreign bateria, which you guessed it, is when you’re being intimate with someone. While men can also be burdened with a UTI, it is much more common in women (lucky us!) largely due to the way our body is designed (all of our bits are closer together) making it an ideal environment for bacteria to get to faster and begin growing, resulting in an infection.
While this all sounds very doom and gloom and you’re about to pop your flannelette PJ’s on to avoid any chance of sexy time, all is not lost. There are some steps you can take to ensure you’re doing the best you can to avoid getting a UTI.
Go to the bathroom
Always go to the bathroom before and most definitely straight afterwards – (it might seem embarrassing, but your bits will thank you for it).
A bit of a no brainer, but ensure your genital area is clean before and after sex – nice excuse for a long, hot shower
Take a quick dip before and after sex
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Keep up your 8 glasses of water a day – keeping hydrated helps to flush away any bacteria that may be lurking.
Consult a professional
And of course, if you feel like a UTI is coming on, get to your GP to nip it in the bud straight away - you will be asked to provide a sample to be tested and often a course of antibiotics are administered.
As well as this, there are some great products from the pharmacy which can help with symptoms...
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