How to Prevent UTIs?
Anyone who has experienced a UTI knows the uncomfortable and unpleasant feeling that comes along with it. So, we thought the best way to deal with it, is to learn how to prevent UTIs. Most people notice that UTIs are more frequent after sex, and as we all know sex is not going anywhere so we just should learn how to prevent getting one while getting lucky.
First the basics - A UTI is a Urinary Tract Infection that affects the urethra and bladder. What's the most common symptom? A strong urge to go to the bathroom every second. Sounds familiar?
So, how do UTIs happen?
1. Bacteria get inside the urethra, travel up to the bladder, and multiply.
2. This triggers an inflammatory response in your body which results in the symptoms you associate with a UTI.
3. Women are more likely to get a UTI than men because they have shorter urethras, so bacteria don't have to travel as far to reach the bladder.
Why do we get it after sex?
As it turns out the friction experienced during sex pushes bacteria further toward the urethra causing an infection.
How to prevent it?
1. Pee before and after sex
This will flush your system and keep bacteria that have entered your urinary tract from gaining a foothold.
2. Practice post-intercourse hygiene
Jump in the shower and cleanse your vulva and backside with warm water, or use our Intimate Wipes, which are the perfect on-the-go option. They are pH-balanced, alcohol and fragrance-free.
3. Change your birth control method
Diaphragms and unlubricated condoms can contribute to bacterial growth. Using a vaginal lubricant will reduce the friction that allows the bacteria to travel.
4. Stay hydrated
Make sure to have a glass of water next to your bed. Dehydration can also lead to that uncomfortable feeling when peeing. Drink plenty of water to help you flush all the bacteria from the urinary tract during the day.
How to deal with it?
Some good home remedies can ease the pain and discomfort you are feeling.
Cranberry juice helps with symptoms like burning or pain but won't necessarily cure a UTI on its own.
Wear loose-fitting undies to keep things breathing down there. Tight clothing may irritate your urethra and worsen the problem.
Take probiotics to balance out the healthy bacteria in your body.
Don't hold it, if you feel like you've been going to the bathroom too many times already, holding the pee in, won't necessarily help the case.
Sex plays a big part in your overall vaginal health, and that's why sex will surely make the infection worse if you haven't cured it yet. So, make sure to be free of UTI before getting back at it. Besides doing our home remedies, go see a doctor to get the best treatment for your case. Say bye-bye to UTIs!
Written by VIBLOK Creative Team