Urinary Tract Infections Are An STD

Urinary Tract Infections Are An STD

Most peo­ple don’t real­ize that a UTI (uri­nary tract infec­tion) is actu­al­ly a sex­u­al­ly trans­mit­ted dis­ease. It typ­i­cal­ly occurs in women, where they feel the need to pee con­stant­ly. They may expe­ri­ence painful burn­ing when pee­ing, have low­er stom­ach pains and expe­ri­ence a fever.

And, it’s not uncom­mon for women to have mul­ti­ple UTIs in a year.

Women tend to devel­op a UTI after they have sex, blam­ing their part­ners for their health prob­lem. There’s a good rea­son for that. And, because of it, it can cause women not to want to have sex and men won­der­ing what they’ve done wrong. Thank­ful­ly, with some minor adjust­ments, you can mit­i­gate your chance of devel­op­ing a UTI.

The major­i­ty of UTIs are caused by the intesti­nal bac­te­ria Escherichia coli. These bugs help with diges­tion but can attach them­selves to a woman’s blad­der, lead­ing to a UTI. In diges­tion, the E. coli bac­te­ria gets into the stool. Even if you wipe care­ful­ly, you could still have the bac­te­ria around your anus. If you’re not care­ful dur­ing sex, the bac­te­ria could get into the vagi­na and up the urethra.

While blad­der infec­tions do affect men, it’s the women who are most prone to it. That’s because their anus and vagi­na are so close togeth­er. Mois­ture also helps bac­te­ria to move from the anal region to the vagi­na. Women who con­stant­ly lubri­cate them­selves are at high­er risk of get­ting a UTI.

What Are Some Of Things You Can Do To Low­er Your UTI Risk?

When you need to pee, go pee, as the uri­na­tion will expel the bac­te­ria out of the body before they have a chance to make it to the blad­der. Be sure you reg­u­lar­ly go to the bath­room if you are sus­cep­ti­ble to UTIs. Make sure you go before sex and right after it.

Wipe your butt from front to back, as wip­ing back to front will move the bac­te­ria clos­er to the urethra.

Don’t use exter­nal irri­tants such as scent­ed soap, per­fumes and bub­ble baths. Use cot­ton under­wear, which doesn’t trap mois­ture as syn­thet­ics do. Do not use tight-fit­ting clothes since the rub­bing can lead to bac­te­ria mov­ing to the urethra.

Do not use inter­nal irri­tants such as alco­hol, cig­a­rettes and caf­feine, as these can increase the chance for UTIs.

Make sure to change your pads and tam­pons often, as blood is a breed­ing ground for the UTI bacteria.

Drink cran­ber­ry or con­sume dried cran­ber­ries, as it con­tains a bac­te­ria-fight­ing chem­i­cal known as hip­puric acid.

Men Can Help Low­er UTI Chances Too

  • Be gen­tle when hav­ing sex 
  • Be hygien­ic when you want to have anal sex 
  • Par­tic­i­pate more in less inter­course sex 
  • Use con­doms with­out spermicides

What’s The Treat­ment For UTIs?

The moment you feel a UTI com­ing on, it’s impor­tant to drink copi­ous amounts of water or cran­ber­ry juice. The idea is to con­sume at least 10 glass­es a day, which can help flush the bac­te­ria out of the blad­der before they can cause an infection.

Make sure to eat more dried cran­ber­ries or the extract.

Vis­it your doc­tor to get test­ed for a UTI and get antibi­otics. Make sure you take the entire med­ica­tion even if you start to feel better.

Make sure talk to your part­ner about UTIs caused by sex. This will help you to both find ways to pre­vent them and improve your rela­tion­ship and lev­el of intimacy.

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