Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) In Women: What You Should Know

UTI is an infection that occurs when bacteria invade the urinary tract system and multiply. When the UTI affects the bladder is called cystitis or bladder infection. When it affects the Urethra it is called urethritis. A kidney infection is known as pyelonephritis. Most urinary tract infections are bladder infections. Kidney infection is much less common – but often more serious – than bladder infections.

Women are particularly susceptible to UTI because they have a shorter urethra, so it is easier for the germs to move up to their bladders.

The connection between UTI and Sex

Woman peeing

Peeing before and after sex is a must because each time a woman has sex, she is at risk of developing this infection.

You may have developed the habit of peeing after sexual intercourse to prevent getting a UTI (urinary tract infections), but did you know that gynecologists also recommend peeing before having sex?

Gynecologist Jessica Shepherd tells Cosmo that penetration during sex can cause you to hold in pee, making you more prone to bladder spasms and UTI. Though it may be tough to remember to hit the ladies room in the "heat of the moment," but it's a vital health reminder we shouldn't take for granted.

Urinary tract infection (UTI) cause painful urination, back pain, and abdominal cramping. Though it can be attributed by a variety of factors, sex is a common cause as intercourse increases the risk that bacteria from the anus or genital area will enter the woman's urinary tract, bladder, or kidneys.

Women, as you may already know, are more prone to UTIs because they have shorter urethras, which makes it easier for bacteria to travel upward into their bodies.

Symptoms of UTI

➧Strong, persistent urge to urinate often.
➧Burning sensation or pain when urinating.
➧Cloudy or bloody urine, which may have a strong odor.
➧Pressure/cramping in the lower abdomen or back.
➧Nausea/vomiting.
➧Fever and chills.

Aside from peeing before and after sex, here are more ways to prevent UTIs:

➧Drink plenty of water daily as it helps flush your urinary tract.
➧Don’t hold it when you need to urinate.
➧Always wipe from front to back after a bowel movement.
➧Take shower instead of baths.
➧Always wash your genitals area both before and after sexual intercourse.
➧Urinate before and after sex.
➧Feminine hygiene sprays and douches, can irritate the urethra and possibly lead to a UTI.
➧Cotton panties help prevent moisture from accumulating from sweating etc.
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