One in every three women suffers from urinary tract infection at least once in her life. After the flu, this is the second most common type of infection on women. In some cases, it happens frequently, especially after sexual intercourse. When that is the case, it is important to take some care to avoid the recurrence of the infection.
Urinary tract infection
UTI is an infection caused by bacteria that belong to the intestinal flora. In women, the urethra is very close to the anus, so these bacteria can easily go into the urethra. The disease is caused by different types of bacteria, the most common one being E. Coli.
According to gynecologist Dr. Bárbara Murayama, those infectious agents can reach the entire urinary system, but they settle more often in the bladder, resulting in cystitis.
The most common symptom of UTIs is a burning feeling when you pee. Besides, you feel a frequent urge to pee, even though little comes out when you do. Fatigue, feeling unwell and fever can also be symptoms.
Sex and UTI
For many women, UTIs are common after having sexual relations. During sex, the penis can be a means of transportation for the bacteria that are lodged in the vagina and anus. The most common one is Escherichia coli, which is a bacterium from the gastrointestinal tract. Through the perineum, it goes from the anus to the vagina, but the problem occurs when it reaches the bladder.
Care during sex
Urologist Dr. César Camara recommends that sexually active women use lubricants during sex and give preference to more comfortable positions.
Another great tip, and probably the most important one to avoid UTIs is to always pee after sex, even if it is a small amount. This will clean the urethra from the bacteria that cause UTI.