I Get UTIs after Sex!?

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It is common for women to have abdominal discomfort, lower back pain and a urinary tract infection (UTI) after engaging in sexual activity. “75% of women are expected to acquire a UTI after sexual intercourse“, says Dr. Nicollete Horbach from her study conducted at George Washington University. A majority of these women are prone to recurring infections. A woman’s urethra is shorter than a man’s so it is much easier for bacteria to penetrate the bladder. A woman’s urethra is also close to the anus, which makes it even simpler for fecal bacteria to reach the urethra. Pregnant women and lactating mothers are more susceptible to UTI’s since their vaginal tissues are drier making them easily irritated.

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How to Avoid a UTI During Sex

  • Use enough lubrication that does not contain spermicidals
  • urinate after having sex, as it prevents bacteria from spreading into the urethra
  • clean your genital areas
  • take a cranberry supplement like the Cranberry Concentrate

Other ways to reduce chance of getting a UTI:

  • Avoid wearing tight underwear
  • Only use cotton underwear
  • Eat a balanced diet and
  • If you have already contracted a UTI, it is best to abstain from sex while you are healing.

Cranberry Supplement for Treating and Preventing UTI

Cranberry supplements are recommended as a natural remedy against urinary tract infections, as opposed to antibiotics. The cranberry fruit is abundant in phytochemicals that protects the body against free radicals, and, contains a special polymeric compound called the proanthocyanidin. Proanthocyanidin is highly potent against mannose-resistant adhesins that are produced by urinary isolates of the E. coli bacteria. Once bacteria can no longer stick to the bladder, they are flushed away reducing the likelihood of getting an infection.