4:22 pm - 08/30/2009

Can lube cause UTIs?

I feel like I've been posting a lot lately, sorry.

In the past 6 months, I've had three UTIs and am pretty sure I have a fourth now.  (All I have is some stinging when I pee, so I'm going to wait on it for 24 hours to see if it's just dehydration or irritation before dragging myself to the urgent care tomorrow.)  Prior to these UTIs in the past 6 months, I have only had one other UTI when I was a really little kid.

I've been trying to figure out what in my lifestyle has been causing them to crop up all of a sudden.  I've had the same sexual partner for longer than 6 months, haven't upped my intake of caffiene, and drink about the same amount of fluid generally.  The only thing I can think of is that my boyfriend and I have started using lube in about that same time frame (we use the ForPlay water based brand). 

I know lube can cause yeast infections, can it also lead to UTIs?  If so, are there certain lube ingredients to avoid?  Or should we ditch the lube altogether?  I'd prefer not to, but we don't totally need it.
cadetsandkings 29th-Aug-2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
Well... make sure you are staying hydrated. Maybe take a cranberry supplement to ward them off. Definitely get check for one.

I always have to pee IMMEDIATELY after sex because otherwise I get bad UTIs. My last one became a kidney infection and nearly landed me in hospital, and I have somewhat decreased bladder sensitivity as a result. Not to scare you, but just to share and let you know it's definitely good that you're trying to manage/get to the bottom of this!

I avoid glycerin in my lube like the PLAGUE. If I even LOOK at a bottle that contains it I get yeasty, and I made the mistake earlier this month in my eagerness to get with a new person I was seeing of using lube that had glycerin in. I had the most annoying irritation and then I reacted to the YI meds, as well.
coldandbroken 29th-Aug-2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
In my experience, any kind of lube on my labia/near my urethra during sex or foreplay = UTI. The only way I got around it was to jump out of bed immediately after sex and wash up (which to me feels like the most unromantic thing ever.. "OH YES OH YES OH YESSSSsss....be right back.")

My current partner and I try to bypass the need for lube by having a really long bout of foreplay which is usually enough for me.

Hope you feel better soon!


acetank 30th-Aug-2009 01:17 am (UTC)
Most lubes give me really nasty urinary symptoms, so it's definitely possible.
llama_friendly 30th-Aug-2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Every time I've used condoms with lube on them I've gotten a UTI. My husband and I switched to non-lubricated condoms and the UTI's never came back. I would have to say that lube can absolutely lead to a UTI.
mrar 30th-Aug-2009 01:40 am (UTC)
A little more than a year ago I was having regular sex with my long term, monogamous partner with condoms and lube, and started getting UTI symptoms every time. I'd go into the doctor and it would be a classic UTI symptoms so they'd get the urine sample, give me antibiotics and meds to make the pain stop, but then the next day they'd call and say "actually, stop taking the antibiotics, you don't have a UTI." They tested for a bunch of things including herpes (apparently you can get it in your urethra) and nothing came up.

I started peeing and literally washing off the lube with water every time we had sex. Then, I thought that maybe it was the glycerin in the lube (most lubes have lots of glycerin). We switched to unlubricated condoms and only used glycerin free astroglide, and the symptoms stopped. I think you CAN use lube but glycerin can dry and cause some major issues.

I also keep a constant supply of AZO because now I know that when I get it...it's not a UTI but the irritation gives me all the same symptoms. So of course you should get to make sure it is a UTI but you can also try switching to glycerin free lube to see if that helps at all.

And peeing after sex is always a good thing.
shoukanshi_yuna 1st-Sep-2009 09:51 am (UTC)
I was kinda in the same boat as you for awhile. No one told me to pee after sex. Make sure you do.

Basically, was having sex and not peeing after. Didn't know you should and was fine for a year or so. One day, about two days after having sex, I got a UTI. That one cleared up.

My bf lived out of town then, so the next time I saw him was a month later. Had sex. By Monday, I had another UTI. Which caused so much inflammation I was having symptoms even after the infection was gone.

Repeat that process one more time.

Anyways, he moved up here so we could live together and we decided to hold off on sex and oral for awhile. I read that sometimes your bladder needs time to heal. We did other things, but there was no PIV sex or anything for at least 6 months. Which sounds like a long time, but trust me, your bladder needs time to recover from these repeated infections. We had sex again, I made sure to pee after and it's been fine ever since.

My doctor actually suggested lube helps keep UTIs away. But if you're allergic to the lube or lube on the condoms that can irritate things down there and cause UTIs. Also, have you switched bath products? Sometimes the scents in those can do it.
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