So this morning I thought I noticed my urine looking a bit cloudy, which I know can be a symptom of a urinary tract infection (UTI). I’ve never had a UTI before but I hear they can be pretty common, especially if you are sexually active.
I’m not too worried at this stage because I haven’t noticed any other symptoms like pain/burning while peeing, needing to go more regularly, or urine being pink/bloody or anything. I think I’ll just keep an eye on it for now and will go to the GP if I get any new symtoms or if the cloudiness continues/gets worse.
But it’s got me thinking – are there things you can do to prevent getting a UTI?
Usually I’ll go to the toilet soon after sex to try flush any bacteria out, but the other night I was so sleepy I couldnt bring myself to get out of bed. Also I reckon my sexual partner was being pretty carefree in the way they used their fingers down there, if you know what I mean … going between my vulva and the rim of my anus. I wonder if these things might have contibuted?
What do people think – are there any tips / tricks you have for how to try avoid getting a UTI??
And that don’t kill the mood? Always getting up right after sex to wee maybe isnt exactly the sexiest move? haha
Great question @aphrodite9! I love how on top of your sexual health you are with monitoring your symptoms and being aware of UTI’s in the first place
They are quite common and even if you haven’t had any other symptoms if you suspect a UTI, I think it would be best to visit your GP just to be safe and get things checked out!
As for preventing UTI’s, I was under the assumption you just pee after sex and you’re all good? But maybe @nurse_nettie can provide some better information on that.
Play Safe describes a UTI as
“A bacterial infection of the urinary tract which can include the bladder, urethra and kidneys. It commonly causes an uncomfortable sensation of needing to urinate frequently and pain passing urine. It is curable with antibiotics. It is not an STI.”
This article also says pain during sex can be a symptom of a UTI! So maybe something to look out for? But definitely, if you can and feel comfortable – see your GP just to see what’s going on if you’re not 100% sure.
I don’t think getting up to pee ruins the mood at all! In fact, it can be quite fun and funny! My partner and I always have a little giggle if we need to stop mid-way to have a little wee!
@aphrodite9 I wouldn’t worry about cloudy urine alone. The main thing is pain when you wee & feeling the need to go more frequently. UTIs are caused by bacteria that gets into the urethera (the hole where wee comes out — not the vagina). Sometimes sex will trigger it just because of the moving around of bodies & fluids & rubbing… all that action can help push bacteria into the urethra. That’s why weeing after sex is a great way to prevent an infection from growing.
It’s not all about sex though. UTIs can happen any time. One of the most common causes of UTIs is bacteria from poo getting into the urethra. It may sound unclean, but the anus & vagina are pretty close together & you only need a microscopic amount to cause a problem! That’s why people with vaginas are much more likely to get UTIs than people with penises — it’s just anatomy! This is the reason we teach: wipe front to back when you wee. And be carefuly with any bum to vagina play: wash hands or change condoms when moving between these areas.
Hope that helps 🙂
Great post! I find I’m really prone to UTIs… if I don’t pee right after sex I’m almost guaranteed to get one which sucks if I fall asleep or something before I get around to it but I don’t find it to ruin the mood or anything when I get up straight away to pee 🙂
Thank you so much @Nurse_Nettie for clearing this up! Will be trying to take a bit more care with bum to vagina play from now on. And yep my mum always taught me to wipe front to back – makes sense!
Thank you @tea and @GoldenRose – I’ll feel so much more comfortable going to pee after sex now knowing I’m not the only one!
I’m right there with you @aphrodite9 – I will almost always get up to pee after sex!
Sometimes, especially if you’re already in bed and sleepy, it can be a bit of a pain…but I’d rather that than the pain of a UTI!
Well this helps to explain why my partners usually getting up immediately after sex! Thanks!