Is peeing after sex really necessary to prevent UTIs?
There is no definitive proof that peeing after sex prevents Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). After all, you don’t actually need to be sexually active to get a UTI. However, there is reason to suggest that peeing after sex can help. Let’s take a closer look at this below.
UTIs and the mechanics of sex
A Urinary Tract Infection occurs when unwanted bacteria reaches the bladder. This is caused by bacteria travelling through the urethra to the urinary tract. UTIs are common and are nothing to be ashamed of, but it’s better to get an infection treated as soon as you notice any symptoms because in some cases, UTIs which are left untreated can result in kidney problems, for example.
In men, there is a direct link between the urinary tract and the penis, as the urethra produces both pee and semen – though it should be noted that these do not occur at the same time. In women, the link between the urinary tract and the vagina is not quite so direct. Here, the urethra is located above the vaginal opening, meaning that urine is not released from it, just near it.
How soon after sex should I pee?
There is no set period, but as a general rule of thumb, try to go within half an hour. Realistically, the sooner you go, the higher your chances are that this method will be effective.
If peeing after sex doesn’t guarantee the prevention of a UTI, is there anything else can I do?
There is no solid evidence to suggest that peeing after sex will prevent a UTI, so don’t panic if you forget to do so. There are some other tips you can follow to reduce your chances of developing a UTI, including regular hydration, using condoms during vaginal sex and going to the bathroom as soon as you need to (don’t hold it in).
For more information about Urinary Tract Infections, don’t hesitate to get in contact with Mr Jonathan Gill at Harrogate Urology today.