Often known as “honeymoon cystitis”, increased sexual activity is one of the top reasons women contract urinary tract infections (UTIs). The UTI-sex connection is not clear cut because sexual activity, itself, does not directly cause a UTI, however, it can increase the introduction of bacteria into the urethra and cause irritation to that area. This, in effect, can increase the chances of developing a urinary tract infection (UTI), particularly among women who are more prone and whose urine stream isn’t typically strong enough to flush the bladder of this increased bacteria.
Use of certain types of barrier contraception can also increase the risk. Women who frequently develop urinary tract infections (UTIs) after sexual intercourse reported using condoms, diaphragms or spermicides while engaging in sexual activity. A common belief amongst the urological community is that these barrier contraceptive methods irritate the sensitive tissue in the vaginal and genital areas in women who may be allergic. This irritated tissue then helps create an environment where bacteria can thrive.
The good news is, you don’t have to stop having sex to prevent UTIs. Here are some steps you can take to minimize bacteria buildup and reduce your risk of getting UTIs from sex:
- Urinate before sex, and promptly after
- Clean your genital and anal areas before and after sex
- Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water; this will help rid your urinary tract of bacteria
- Don’t use a diaphragm or spermicide as your form of birth control
- If your doctor recommends it, take a prescribed antibiotic after you have sex, or a daily antibiotic
If you do notice the symptoms of a urinary tract infection, seek UTI treatment from your doctor right away. Urinary tract infections are quite common, and unfortunately, getting one puts you at a greater risk of having more in the future. But taking care to minimize the bacteria that enters the urinary tract can help keep you safe from painful urinary tract infections.
If you get UTIs often, consider adding Cystex® Liquid Cranberry Complex to your daily routine. Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex is formulated with multiple powerhouse urinary health ingredients, including:
- Cranberry: anti-adherent, antioxidant
- FOS (fructooligosaccharides): prebiotic
- Vitamin C: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant
- D-Mannose: anti-adherent, prebiotic
- Bromelain: anti-inflammatory
Take at least one tablespoon daily to promote urinary health. Learn more about Cystex® Liquid Cranberry Complex