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polyprotic
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I already posted a topic on this, but didn't get the help I needed, so I was hoping someone else could help me out with a little more knowledge or research on this. The previous answer I got was pertaining to the presence of the bacteria as it normally exists in the human body, rather than once it causes infection. Group B strep rarely becomes pathogenic in healthy young people, so I understand the confusion.

A few weeks ago, I came down with a very severe UTI after intercourse (using a condom) that prevented me from urinating more than about a tablespoon at a time and caused a fairly high grade fever. My doctor diagnosed it as a Group B strep infection, but couldn't tell me why I got infected or how to prevent it in the future. I learned on my own that it is pretty rare for strep B to cause infection in a healthy young person, and that it isn't uncommon for it to cause life-threatening complications.

Luckily, after a few weeks and three rounds of antibiotics, it went away. I was just hoping someone could shed some light on possible reasons why my normal bacteria decided to turn on me and how to prevent it. I've had a lot of trouble finding consistent information for my situation.

Thanks!

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Probably the best person to ask about this is your doctor. We aren't doctors here, and also mostly focus on sexual health.

I do know that it is common to get UTIs after intercourse for many women, and some need to take a small dose of antibiotics every time after intercourse to prevent this. Most UTIs are caused by e-coli variants, though. My understanding of Group B, however, is that it usually shows up in people with reduced immune systems. I would really talk to your doctor about this and what the underlying causes might be in your case.

If your doctor didn't know what caused it, you can get a second opinion. If NO doctors can tell you, I assure you we can't either - some medical things are just not understood yet. If it is recurring, you might have to take a small dose of antibiotics after sex like many women with this problem do.

[ 07-27-2011, 08:25 PM: Message edited by: KatWA ]

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Thanks for your quick response!

Unfortunately my doctor told me she didn't know, and her nurse said she didn't have time to look it up for me. So when I go in for my annual gyn exam (after I find a new gynecologist), this is something I'll definitely ask about. I was just hoping someone by the off chance would have knowledge/experience with this.

Thanks again :]

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In terms of preventing it in the future, you would do the same as for preventing UTIs caused by other bacteria. If you're having recurrent infections (like >3 in a year), your doctor can also request other investigations of your urinary tract.

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Just to add to what eryn is saying... some common ways to prevent UTIs are:
  • Wipe front to back
  • Pee after sexual activities
  • Make sure to drink lots of water (or sure-free cranberry juice)
  • Wash hands/toys before use
  • If you do anal play and then vaginal play, make sure to use a different condom or wash hands/toys


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Yep, I retain water like a madman, so that's a good reminder to drink more (even when I don't feel thirsty often) just to give my GU tract a good flush.

Thanks guys :]

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