11:41 am - 12/02/2008

hot yoga = urinary tract infection?!?!


Yesterday I did hot yoga for the first time in a room that was 30-35 degrees Celcius (or around 90-98 degrees Fahrenheit, I think). After the class, I walked into the "normal" room that was much colder (maybe 5 degrees Celcius), and waited for my ride to pick me up. I didn't shower, and I was not wearing breathable yoga clothing, from, for example, T&A brand and Lululemon (for the Canadians here).

About an hour later, I got a urinary tract infection.

So I am wondering...can hot yoga cause a urinary tract infection, if you are not wearing breathable clothing in an extremely hot room? Or can you get a UTI from switching between extreme room temperatures (from very hot to very cold)?

I'm a bit worried. I went to emergency last night and spent 5 hours there. They gave me a prescription and some UTI medication. I woke up this morning and my urine was bright orange...which also concerns me.

betterbebalboa 2nd-Dec-2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
There's evidence that a moist, warm, non-breathable environment around your vulva for extended periods of time can cause yeast infections, but I've never heard of it causing a UTI. Plus, it would be awfully fast for it to show up. I would look at other factors in your lifestyle over the past few days that could have caused it.
_rainbow_bright 2nd-Dec-2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
erinstotle 2nd-Dec-2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
i wonder what it could have been :( the last and only time i got a UTI, the symptoms showed up within a day. the only thing i can think of is accidentally getting soap into my urinary tract. i hadn't had sex with my boyfriend 3-4 days before that, either, so i definitely don't think it's his doing.
lupinelullaby 2nd-Dec-2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
I get UTI's very frequently and have to be careful about them. The symptoms can come on very quickly, but the actual infection takes a few days to develop. It actually could have been sex with your boyfriend, as 3-4 days is a reasonable amount of time for the bacteria to develop. This is usually how I get UTI's. I'll neglect to urinate after sex and several days later, bam, nasty UTI.

And I'm surprised they didn't warn you about the medication they usually give to relieve symptoms! Hee hee, my NP always says "Be warned! This stuff will make your urine bright orange, so don't freak out!" Perfectly normal.
erinstotle 3rd-Dec-2008 12:37 am (UTC)
the reason why i do not think it's my boyfriend is because he washes up before we have sex. i honestly can't think of any symptoms i had a few days ago before the hot yoga triggered my UTI. as far as i am concerned, i didn't think i would ever get one again.

still, though, i am kind of questioning my boyfriend anyway, but we didn't do anything different this time during sex than any other time.
chaton_de_neige 3rd-Dec-2008 01:56 am (UTC)
It has absolutely nothing to do with whether his gentleman bits are dirty. The issue is bacteria being pushed into your urethra, bacteria which is normally other places in your lady bits. Even if you don't get them frequently, I'd recommend you pee every time after you have sex, just to help prevent them in the future.
lupinelullaby 3rd-Dec-2008 03:29 am (UTC)
Exactly. =) And also, just because you didn't have any symptoms, doesn't mean the infection wasn't starting. It takes a few days for any symptoms to be noticeable, and by then the infection is usually already well established.
erinstotle 3rd-Dec-2008 04:21 am (UTC)
ha! i honestly don't know what could have caused it then. i pee after sex every time! (i learned from my previous UTI). is it impossible that my boyfriend was not carrying some sort of bacteria that was passed on to me? what do you mean by "bacteria which is normally other places in your lady bits"?
xxcacoethes 3rd-Dec-2008 04:52 am (UTC)
Does your boyfriend wash with soap and water, or just water? If he uses soap, maybe that is acting as an irritant to your urethra and causing an infection? Or if he has switched soaps recently, maybe the new one is irritating you.
erinstotle 3rd-Dec-2008 05:55 am (UTC)
this is a very good point. i will have to talk to him about the soap. thanks!
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