Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are not an STD, however, they can be gotten from a combination of sexual play and poor hygiene practices. Most UTIs are technically bladder infections, and are caused by bacteria (usually from the anus) that somehow made its way into the urethra. If you’ve ever gotten a UTI you know how utterly painful and unpleasant they can be. Thankfully, UTIs can generally be prevented if you pee before and after every kind of sexual play and intercourse, though very sensitive people who are prone to infections and yeast infections should shower or take extra cleaning precautions before and after sex.
How do you know if you have a UTI? WebMD suggests you may have an infection if you have any of these symptoms:
- You feel pain or burning when you urinate.
- You feel like you have to urinate often, but not much urine comes out when you do.
- Your belly feels tender or heavy.
- Your urine is cloudy, dark yellow/ orange, or smells bad.
- You have pain on one side of your back under your ribs. This is where your kidneys are.
- You have fever and chills.
- You have nausea and vomiting.
Call your doctor right away if you think you have an infection and:
- You have a fever, nausea and vomiting, or pain in one side of your back under your ribs.
- You have diabetes, kidney problems, or a weak immune system.
- You are older than 65.
- You are pregnant.
UTIs are fairly easy to get rid of if you seek treatment immediately, but if they spread to the kidneys they can potentially cause severe damage. It is important to not put off medical treatment, which usually is just 7 to 10 days of antibiotics. Be sure to stock up on probiotics and Monistat (if you’re a woman), so you can prevent a yeast infection and rebalance your inner flora after you’ve finished the antibiotics.
More tips for preventing UTIs: There have been instances where people have fallen asleep after sex after forgetting to go to the bathroom; in the morning they drank a large amount of cranberry juice and managed not to get a UTI. Other people say that drinking lots of water when they are sexually active helps, as they have more urine available to flush bad bacteria out of the urethra.
Read more about preventing, diagnosing, and treating UTIs on the Mayo Clinic’s site here. To find a location to get tested for a yeast infection, talk to your doctor, visit our resources page, or Google test centers in your area.
***This is a blog and the information on this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor is it meant to take the place of your personal physician’s advice.***