A urinary tract infection UTI can be painful enough to cause a temporary loss of interest in sex. Once the infection starts to clear up, however, some people wonder if it is safe to have sex again. Doctors usually recommend avoiding sex until the infection has cleared up completely. This is because having sex may irritate the urinary tract and can push bacteria into the urethra, worsening the infection.
How to Avoid Getting a UTI After Sex
Why Am I Getting Urinary Tract Infections? (for Teens) - Nemours KidsHealth
UTIs after sex are clearly very common, yet for some reason, people tend not to talk about it much. I distinctly remember my first UTI. It was an isolated incident that happened long before my year of hell that saw me through nine or ten. I like to think of it as the time when I was gloriously unaware that UTIs after sex were really a thing. I had a boyfriend who worked nights so finding moments to shag could be difficult. On this occasion we had sex three times at intervals during the night and I was basically asleep — that type of dreamy, warm copulation that is closely followed by more slumber. Needless to say, I did not bother going to the toilet.
Why Am I Getting Urinary Tract Infections?
If a woman develops a bladder infection after sex, does that mean her male partner passed bacteria from his bladder to hers? No, bacteria that cause bladder infections are not passed from one sexual partner to another. To begin with, here's a little background on female bladder infections. Most of them come from the bacteria that reside in the woman's own large intestine. Bacteria naturally migrate out of the bowel and harmlessly attach to the skin in the surrounding area.
Tiny microbes travel up the urethra and into the bladder, causing an infection to occur in the lower urinary tract. While easily treatable, UTIs can spread into your upper urinary tract and cause a myriad of problems. There are many things that can increase your risk for developing a UTI, one of them being sex. A urinary tract infection can happen to anyone of any age, even babies.