5 Ways to Prevent That UTI You Got From Sex

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Kristen Chase on toilet at BlogHerI've never had a bladder infection, save the time in college when I discovered orgasms and ended at the campus health center. That time, all I needed were some cranberry juice and beets to treat what probably was a minor irritation rather than a full-blown UTI.

But now thanks to marriage counseling, I've been having more sex than usual. So when I felt the burn and started getting the chills, I headed straight to the doctor. And lo and behold, I had a bad bladder infection, which probably could have been prevented had I heeded these five sex tips. 

1. Pee after sex. I thought everyone knew this rule -- heck, I actually know this rule -- but I got lazy and tired, which happens when you have kids. Don't fall into that trap. Just simply peeing after you have intercourse can really help prevent UTIs.

2. Check your condoms and lube. We're back on the condom wagon, which I think was part of the problem. And since I'm generally pretty sensitive to products on other parts of my body, I'm not surprised that I probably need to shop more carefully for contraception. Take a look at the ingredients and try to find hypoallergenic and natural condoms and lubes. Yes, they do exist.

3. Clean your hands. Since we tell our kids to wash their hands about 400 times a day, maybe we should heed our own advice. You might not feel like taking a breather to do a quick hand wash, but just think of the germs that might be on them and you'll probably change your mind.

4. No double dipping. I'm pretty sure the number one sex rule is that once you put something in one orifice, it cannot go into another orifice without being cleaned or covered in a new condom.

5. Watch (and wash) your mouth. While you're in the bathroom washing your hands, brushing your teeth and rinsing your mouth are probably smart ideas as well, especially if your mouth (or your partner's) is headed down south. And as far as eating actual food off your partner's parts, just pass. That's why they make plates.

How do you avoid (or deal with) UTIs? Other than cranberry pills and sulphur tablets?

 

Image of Kristen Chase (me!) via Liz Gumbinner/Mom 101

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Elizabeth Ahmad

Peeing after sex helps flush the urethra.  Very old advice from doctors forever.

momto... momtolittleg

I used to get them quite often- still do if I'm having a lot of sex.  At one point when i was first dating my now DH my doc put me on prophylactic antibiotics- I took one each time i had sex, until my body adjusted to his body's bacteria.  I almost always pee after sex, but I admit to being bad about other precautions.

Rosas... RosasMummy

I used to get this all the time, and the cranberry medicine stuff I had for it couldn't be used in pregnancy so I have distinct memories of running around the living room like a mad person trying to deal with the pain without any help whilst pregnant

Freedom Warner-Gorris

ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS WIPE FROM FRONT TO BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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