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*a_dream_in_aqua*
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what from sexual intercourse causes a UTI? when are you most likely to get a UTI? is it more common for a girl to get one when she has unprotected sex or does it not matter? what can i do to prevent getting a uti?

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ASargent42
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UTI's can occur when bacteria is pushed into the urethra. As a female, our anatomy is just set up so that we are more susceptible to getting UTIs, regardless of whether we are sexually active or not. You can get a UTI at anytime, at any age, so it's not as though they are something you only get if you are sexually active.

Intercourse can push excess lubrication and bodily fluids into the urethra, causing an infection. You are at the same risk for developing a UTI whether you have protected intercourse or not; But keep in mind that unprotected intercourse puts you at extra risks for STIs.

To prevent UTIs, you should urinate before and after intercourse (or any genital stimulation, rather). Make sure you drink plenty of water. And if you find you may be more prone to UTIs, you can take cranberry supplements, as they can help prevent UTIs.

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*a_dream_in_aqua*
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thankyou for the helpful info!

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Just one addition: not using additional lubrication as needed -- especially with condom use -- is another thing known to increase UTI risks. One more good reason to always keep lube handy! [Smile]

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