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prl1126
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I have a couple of questions about UTI. I know I'm supposed to pee after sex to prevent them and I do. But is it possible to get a UTI if I don't pee enough after sex?

Also, today when I wiped, the toilet paper was pink but the urine in the bowl was not [this was right after having sex]. So I'm just wondering - is it possible for the symptoms to appear so quickly? Funny thing is, I'm not experiencing burning or urgency to go. I'm also at the end of my period but I am pretty sure the pink is from my urethra and not my vagina.

Another question is, are UTI's more easily contracted when having sex during a period? I've had UTI twice before. The first time came after I had sex w/ my boyfriend when I was on the second to last day of my period.

Btw, boyfriend and I are in monogamous relationship; both have been tested negative so we don't use condoms. Does that have an affect on UTIs? Wearing condoms or not?

Sorry for asking so many questions. I just want to know more about them so I can prevent them in the future. Especially if they are easily contracted during a period, I will never have sex again until I'm blood free. lol

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Hey there, prl1126.

As far as I'm aware, there's no magic amount of pee that prevents a UTI.

Urinary tract infections usually occur when bacteria is introduced to the urethral opening- something that can happen during sex. The reason for peeing after sex is to flush away any bacteria that could possibly have made its way there. For this reason, drinking a lot of water- and cranberry juice- helps flush the urinary tract and hopefully keeps any bacteria that may be present from deciding to make it home.

You can't immediately get an infection and symptoms from it right after sex- it's possible that any blood was from some sort of scrape from sexual activity on your vulva or in your vagina.

I'm doing some research, and there are some sources that are indicating that having sex on your period can indeed put you at a greater risk for developing an UTI.

Condoms are excellent at preventing transmission of certain STIs, but not, to the best of my knowledge, generally effective at preventing UTIs during vaginal-penile sex. When engaging in anal play, they're a good idea: anal play without barriers is one way that bacteria is introduced to the urethra. Also using latex barriers like gloves when fingering, etc., can help limit introduction of bacteria into your vagina and the surrounding areas.

A latex sensitivity and spermicides (which are irritants) are, however, things that increase the risk of UTIs. Also to be avoided are non-water-based lubes. And then there's simple stuff, like washing your hands and being clean before having sex.

Sexual Health 101: Hers goes into a lot of this stuff: you'll definitely want to take a look at it.

I hope this has helped!

[ 08-11-2008, 02:54 AM: Message edited by: Coastal Nicole ]

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prl1126
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Thanks so much! It was weird that I didn't feel burning or a need to pee. Just got a little concerned when I saw pink pee lol.

I peed on the AZO test strips and it came out slightly slightly positive for the WBC side. But I don't even know because the results weren't clear cut. I'm going to see a doctor anyway just to get it out of the way whether it is or isnt. Thanks so much for answering my questions! And that article is really helpful. :]

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