5:17 pm - 01/31/2011

Peeing after sex to prevent UTI?

My roommate was diagnosed today with a kidney infection as a result of not attending to a UTI she contracted about a week ago. When discussing it, she told me that it only ever happened when she was sexually active (she's recently become sexually active again with her new boyfriend), and told me she'd heard that peeing after sex was supposed to help prevent them. I've never heard this, and I haven't looked it up yet, but it actually sounds sort of silly to me -- like an old wives' tale or something. Is there any legitimacy behind this, and why does it work, if it does? Thanks in advance. :)
herloved_beauty 31st-Jan-2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
There's plenty of legitimacy - you pee after sex to "push out" any bacteria that may be lingering around. Peeing before sex is also an option.

For me, it works. Anytime I DON'T pee after i have sex, I end up with a UTI.
kimie_catclaw 31st-Jan-2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
The only time I've had a UTI as an adult was after having sex and not peeing afterward. :(
herloved_beauty 31st-Jan-2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
I'd almost say same, but I've found that if I use a condom (any type), I get one, regardless of whether or not I pee after sex.
kimie_catclaw 31st-Jan-2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, that sucks!

I had chronic UTIs/bladder infections as a child, which were not at all related to sexual activity. Then I had one last year, after something like 18 years UTI-free... because I fell asleep after sex. They're so miserable.
hey_kayla_jay 1st-Feb-2011 12:15 am (UTC)
WAIT, can you elaborate more on this for me? After my second horrible UTI in November, the boyfriend and I took lots of precautions to avoid it happening again; I started taking cranberry supplements, we both tried being more hygenic, and I peed after sex every damn time, and I STILL got another UTI. We rely on condoms as birth control, I've never heard of a link between condom use and UTI's.
knittinggoddess 1st-Feb-2011 01:13 am (UTC)
When I researched uti causes after getting a string of them last winter, I came across the condom connection too.
Maybe try different condoms, particularly latex/non or different brands? Also I noticed that my urethra was more forgiving once we switched lubes from one with parabens and glycerin to one with neither, though that's correlation not causation.

But peeing after is the big one. My doc also suggested I try washing my labia and pereneium with a gentle soap, as it's (according to her) nearly always fecal bacteria causing the uti.
herloved_beauty 1st-Feb-2011 01:18 am (UTC)
I think it's the way my urethra sits like almost directly on top of the opening to my vagina. There are positions that hurt me because it feels like they're rubbing my urethra raw. I can't really explain it. Just that no matter what condom, no matter whether it had lubrication, ribs/dots/none, latex/poly/lambskin - I got a UTI.

I now pee before and after sex as a precaution, and I opt not to use condoms as birth control and am on the pill instead. If I were to ever get off the pill, I honestly don't know what we'd do because I'm not comfortable with withdrawal alone - I guess we'd explore diaphrams or cervical caps.
_kollision 2nd-Feb-2011 01:13 am (UTC)
I used to get UTIs from using lube with glycerin in it, have you considered that?
a_mutewitness 31st-Jan-2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
True true true!
I get UTIs all the time, and if I ever skimp on peeing after sex I end up paying for it.
When you have sex, sometimes bacteria can get all jumbled up in your vagina, especially the urethra (pardon my spelling), especially snce the vaginal opening is so close to your anus.
When you pee after sex, it flushes the bad bacteria away so that it doesn't linger and cause a nasty infection.
So yes, there is definite validity to this!

Sorry if this makes no sense/is horribly written. It's freezing cold outside and I am on my phone!

archangelbeth 1st-Feb-2011 01:02 am (UTC)
Urethra, yes, no pardons necessary!
hairballsplat 1st-Feb-2011 02:29 am (UTC)
LOVE your icon.
archangelbeth 1st-Feb-2011 11:07 am (UTC)
Thank you! (Feel free to snaffle; so far as I know, no one has laid claim.)
usagi_berry 2nd-Feb-2011 05:21 am (UTC)
snaffling. :)
fallconsmate 31st-Jan-2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
Yep. During sex there's the possibility that bacteria can be forced into the urethra. Urinating can wash it out, lessening the chances of a UTI. This works for guys, too.
nakedfaery 31st-Jan-2011 10:47 pm (UTC)

It's true, I always have to pee after sex (like immediately afterwards) or I get a mild UTI pretty much every time. When I started having sex with a new partner recently and forgot to, BAD UTI ensued.
knittinggoddess 1st-Feb-2011 01:15 am (UTC)
A friend of mine uses baby wipes. Since I could only find wipes with glycerin, I just squeeze some sodden tp over my vulva. The squirt bottle sounds like a better idea.
hadespuppy 1st-Feb-2011 01:37 am (UTC)
Costco brand baby wipes are great, and don't have any glycerin in them. They are also unscented and alchohol free. My mom has a daycare, so she buys them in bulk, and I snag a pack whenever I can.
knittinggoddess 1st-Feb-2011 07:15 am (UTC)
Brilliant! Good to know, thanks!
Do they have parabens? Sometimes those irritate me, sometimes they don't.
hairballsplat 1st-Feb-2011 02:31 am (UTC)
i never really thought about the peri bottle to help with preventing UTI's...i just use it to clean up after sex.
fridgedicebunny 31st-Jan-2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
Not an old wives tale! Every gyn I've ever had told me the same, and I myself have to abide by it or suffer the consequences.
glass_rain 1st-Feb-2011 12:00 am (UTC)
Absolutely true. And important! :)
amurderofcrows 1st-Feb-2011 12:11 am (UTC)
100% true. If I don't run to the potty after I get it on, I end up with a UTI - and I get very severe UTIs, so it's a MUST DO for me... even if it really blows the afterglow. :p
rikkitsune 1st-Feb-2011 02:50 am (UTC)
Oh man, it is SO true. For the reasons already outlined. I am prone to UTIs and bladder infections.

Lots of women know about UTIs, but bladder infections often come from rough/vigorous sex where your bladder gets bruised and compromised, and bacteria can travel through the bladder wall. So be careful!

Now, even my boyfriend makes me get up and pee after sex, if I forget. XD

Some tips that have worked for me that may help your friend:

1. Take cranberry capsules daily. They help to make your urinary tract 'slippery' so that bacteria has trouble adhering to it.

2. Before and after sex, drink a glass of cranberry juice. In addition to moar protection, it also makes peeing after sex easier, and if you're super sensitive like me, the pee won't sting or burn because your pink bits have been all rubbed up.

3. STAY HYDRATED. Can't stress this enough. The less you drink, the less you pee, and the more concentrated your urine becomes. I find I get UTI-like symptoms when I'm dehydrated. This has only started happening now I'm in my late 20s.

4. Use gloves during anal-play and condoms during anal sex (unless you fastidiously douche beforehand). That way, you can peel them off afterwards and not worry about getting any of it near your urethra.

5. Shower before (and in some cases, after) sex. A clean penis and vagina (or vagina and vagina) are less likely to spread bacteria around the place.

6. Use hypoallergenic baby wipes for preliminary clean-up. I use Huggies and they don't sting or burn. Sometimes the moist wipes you can buy for in the toilet (I use Sorbent or Kleenex brand) are also good. Be careful on your men though - I have noticed the toilet wipes sting the head of my partner's penis.

7. If you get a UTI, you NEED anti-biotics, and you need them quickly. Some women are lucky and can beat them with natural therapies, but the general rule is if you leave it, it's going up into your kidneys. Don't fuck around, get to the doctor. Some doctors are kind and give you repeat scripts for drugs like macrodantin, if you are especially prone to UTIs.
herloved_beauty 1st-Feb-2011 03:21 am (UTC)
Omg. I HATE the taste of cranberry juice, but I really might have to try drinking before peeing, because it's seriously OW how much it hurts.
rikkitsune 1st-Feb-2011 03:32 am (UTC)
Well, if you get the Ocean Spray you can have it mixed with pomegranate, raspberry or blackcurrant juice, which might help a bit?

I just find the capsules don't work as well as the juice.

Another alternative is to drink a urinary alkaliniser (like Ural, you can get it from the chemist/drugstore) instead (but for post sex burning pee only, or to treat UTI symptoms while you're waiting to get to the doctor). But that stuff tastes way nastier, like dissolvable aspirin.
knittinggoddess 1st-Feb-2011 07:20 am (UTC)
bacteria can travel through the bladder wall
Do you have references for this? It's been a long time since intro bio, and maybe I'm oversimplifying things, but I didn't think that kind of tissue was particularly permeable.

Also I am running on too little sleep.
archangelbeth 1st-Feb-2011 11:11 am (UTC)
I would use gloves/condoms with anal sex even if there were enemas (anal douching) involved -- the bacteria are unlikely to be thoroughly eliminated, and if they were, that's probably a bad enema solution for the body! The intestines need bacteria to help with food digestion.

Also, male-bodied people can get UTIs from bareback anal sex... Remember to have the owner of the penetrative anatomy pee to clear out that long urethra, too!
helenkacan 1st-Feb-2011 03:30 am (UTC)
Well, I guess I was born with a cast-iron vagina and urethra, as I've never ::knocks on wood:: had a YI and only one case of a UTI (in conjunction with a stubborn ano-genital infection 5 years ago).

I'm sure there are people on this comm who would shriek when I say that, when I became sexually active (PIV) in 1972, it was in my bf's dormroom and, not only did I not sneak out to pee in the guys' public washroom), we used to fall asleep, still connected. As I said, "cast-iron".

However, I have learned something interesting which is that a woman's chances of coming down with a UTI increase substantially after menopause. Don't know why, but still I personally have only had the one (and it was after menopause).
rikkitsune 1st-Feb-2011 03:40 am (UTC)
I think it has something to do with the loss of collagen and the fact that a post-menopausal woman's vagina slowly becomes a drier, more fragile environment.

A lot of older women actually complain about labial tearing too, which of course, stings like a bitch during post-sex pee pee.
helenkacan 1st-Feb-2011 03:45 am (UTC)
Yeah, after I pressed POST, I figured it had to do with something like that (also decreased estrogen).
rikkitsune 1st-Feb-2011 03:40 am (UTC)
Also, I envy you and your cast iron vagina.
helenkacan 1st-Feb-2011 03:48 am (UTC)
Oh, you have no idea how much I thank my lucky stars in that regard, especially when I read on this comm. what wrongly diagnosed complications so many women endure. ::pets vagina, well ... virtually, 'cuz I've got both hands on the keyboard::
misspaigeb 1st-Feb-2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Hey me too! I've never had a UTI (knock on wood) that I can remember and only really mild yeast infections. Whether I pee or not doesn't make much of a difference but usually I clean up after sex anyway and that involves peeing.
fushigi_na_chou 1st-Feb-2011 05:31 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks for all the comments, everyone! I feel I've learned something new. I'll be sure to pass along the tips and advice to my roommate as well, and keep them in mind for myself. Thankfully, I've never had a UTI, and I was sexually active for a while. I love this community. ^-^
avalonpolo 1st-Feb-2011 05:57 am (UTC)
I have had horrible horrible luck with UTI's. I used to get them all the time when I first started to become sexually active. It caused me to miss my 8th grade graduation (wow, does that sound bad? haha) and a ton of school. Eventually I chalked it up to the fact that I wasn't peeing after sex. Once I started doing that I get them less frequently. (It used to be an everytime I had sex thing now it's just a once in a blue moon thing).

Also I find that I will get them much more frequently if I use a condom. I'm not sure why that is, maybe my body just doesn't agree with condoms? I have no idea.

My gyno gave me pills to take after sex to prevent uti's. they're nitrofurantoin. they seem to be doing their job. I like to take as many precautions as possible. UTI's are hell.
fushigi_na_chou 1st-Feb-2011 06:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's what my roommate was prescribed as well. Hopefully I will never have to experience a UTI.
righteousbean 1st-Feb-2011 09:50 am (UTC)
It is true. I didn't pee this weekend and am living on the toilet right now.
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