Research shows that women are more than five times likely to get UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections) than men. One common way they get these infections is through sex. But should women stay away from sex just because they’re at risk of getting UTIs? No, there’s a dazzling array of ways women can undertake to prevent UTIs.
The Link Between Sex and UTIs
In brief, before you learn how to prevent UTIs after sex, you need to know what a UTI is. UTIs occur when bacteria enter and grow in the urinary tract. Intercourse introduces Escherichia coli bacteria into the urinary tract. Worse is that the urethra is quite closer to the anal opening, shortening the distance which E. Coli bacteria have to move. The urinary system consists of:
A woman’s body creates a perfect setup for the bacteria to infiltrate the bladder and, eventually, the kidney to trigger an infection.
Reducing the Risk for UTI After Sexual Intercourse
1. Once you’re done, go for a short call to eliminate any bacteria that get into the urinary system during sex. Also, consider urinating before sex to get rid of UTI-causing micro-organisms. Bacteria will move deep into the urinary tract regardless of the intensity of the sexual intercourse.
2. Ask your partner to wear protection during sex. This may help you prevent the transmission of UTIs and other STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases). Be careful with spermicides and diaphragms, given that they increase rather than lower your risk of getting a UTI. You may also want to stop using contraceptives if you suspect that they aggravate the problem.
3. Wash your genitals with warm water to remove and even kill the infectious bacteria. Only use warm water; hot water may hurt your privates. The urinary tract has soft muscles and get abraded easily. Also, avoid applying soap to your private parts.