I've read at a few places that keeping yourself from urinating can increase the chance of getting an UTI. but what does this mean exactly? does it mean you should always go when you need to in general, or that if you keep yourself from urinating after sex, you might increase your chances of getting an UTI?
also, I seem to be prone to UTIs. I've been seeing this guy since January, but he lives far away, so we've only seen each other once a month. we've seen each other two times so far, and I got an UTI after each time. I lost my virginity to him in August, and didn't see him or any other guy until January, and I didn't get an UTI that time. I might have got one and didn't notice because I was busy coping with losing my virginity (it was a positive experience, but, you know, still a definite change), but I think this is unlikely because with my previous UTIs, urinating was pretty noticeably painful. I also got one when I was a baby. I am seeing him again soon, and I was wondering if there was anything I could do to prevent getting an UTI. our sexual relationship mostly involves manual sex and vaginal-insertive sex, if that can help.
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UTI's are horrible! I'm sorry to hear you've been having so much trouble with them.
UTI's are caused by bacteria growing in your urinary tract, so the reason why you are more likely to get one is that if you don't urinate often enough then the bacteria have more time to grow. Does that make sense? In other words, if you feel like you have to urinate, don't wait. Intercourse can cause UTI's because it pushes the bacteria up into your urethra.
Urinating frequently, before and after sex, drinking lots of water (I try to be sure to drink 2L a day if that helps you conceptualize) and being sure to wipe from front to back after bowel movements are all good ways to avoid them.
I'm really prone to them too, and there are a few thing you can do to help prevent them. Drinking lots (and I mean LOTS) of water, cranberry juice and black cherry juice contain something that helps to kill the bacteria which can prevent UTI's. They also make cranberry pills which contain the same stuff.
If you find that you are getting lots of them, with no identifiable cause, be sure to see a doctor because chronic UTI's can be a symptom of other problems with the kidneys and bladder. But if you only are getting them after intercourse, plan for it and make sure you drink lots of water before and after.
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