Unfortunately, a UTI is not 100% preventable. However, there are steps you can take to reduce your chance of getting a UTI, such as urinating before and after sex, drinking plenty of water, wiping from front to back and taking Cystex Urinary Health Maintenance every day as a preventative measure.* Learn more about preventing UTIs.
Sex is a common cause of UTIs in women because sexual intercourse can introduce bacteria into a woman’s urinary tract. During sex, the urethra comes into contact with the bacteria from the genital area and anus, allowing them to enter the urethra, the bladder, and possibly eventually the kidneys, and result in an infection. In fact, almost 80 percent of premenopausal women with a UTI have had sex within the previous 24 hours. To help prevent this, you should always urinate before and after having sex.
UTIs are more common in pregnant women because hormones can cause changes in the urinary tract, which predispose women to infections. In addition, a growing uterus presses on the bladder, preventing the complete emptying of urine. This stagnant urine is a likely source of infection.
Use of certain types of barrier contraception can also increase the risk of a UTI. 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.
Cranberries cannot treat or cure UTIs. Only an antibiotic will cure an established UTI. However, there are steps you can take to prevent future UTIs from developing.
Men, women, children, babies…no one is immune to UTIs, however, women are more likely to get them.
While burning sensations during urination is the most common UTI symptom, there are plenty of other symptoms including a frequent or intense urge to urinate, even though little comes out when you do; pain or pressure in your back or lower abdomen; urine that appears cloudy, dark, or bloody; strong-smelling urine; feeling tired or shaky; fever or chills. Learn more about the color of your urine.
Untreated UTIs lead the bacteria to spread from the bladder to the kidneys, eventually causing kidney infections. Kidney infections are more serious and require antibiotics, and oftentimes, hospitalization. In some rare circumstances, untreated UTIs can spread beyond the kidneys to the blood stream. It’s important to call your doctor as soon as you think you have a UTI.
UTIs are so common that there is no need to be concerned if you experience a handful of infections close together. However, multiple occurrences in one month, may be a cause for a concern. It can never hurt to ask your doctor to further investigate.
UTIs are not contagious and cannot be passed onto a partner during intimacy.
While some sexually transmitted diseases, such as trichomoniasis and chlamydia, can cause irritation to the urethra, a urinary tract infection (UTI) is not transmitted from one partner to another.
This is only true if the bladder is full enough to produce a powerful stream. Squeezing a few drops of urine out after sex will not move any bacteria out of the bladder. Drink adequate amounts of water before sex, or wait until you really have to go. Proper urination after sex is the key. Learn more about the sex and UTI connection.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.