I've recently figured out that my UTI's keep coming back because I'm having sex. Every time I have sex, I get a UTI, without fail.
Tried almost all the common antibiotics, but other forums say to avoid them.
I don't do anal, I pee after every time I have sex, and I keep myself clean. I've had only one partner for the past year, and he was a virgin when we started having sex (I know this for a fact), and we don't have rough sex. Every time I have an infection, I drink LOTS of cranberry juice and/or take cranberry tablets, and I use Azo (Urinary tract anagesic- for the pain).
Is there a way my sex life won't go to shambles?
Is there a better way to deal with these? I have a few healing friends who have given me all sorts of educated (but not to the point of a doctor) advice, but none of it actually gets rid of the infection, though they say stay away from antibiotics? Why?
One time, I also tried Grapefruit seed extract, which is supposed to completely flush out your system, and that didn't get rid of the infection, even with a TON of cranberry juice.
Have you seen your doctor? If you have a UTI you need an antibiotic. I don't advocate taking antibiotics for every ache and pain but UTI's, left untreated, can lead to a kidney infection and can damage the kidneys. Your friends are misinformed about antibiotics. If you take one when you need it and take it as prescribed, there is not a problem. If you over use antibiotics and take them frequently your body can become resistant to the antibiotics.
If you are getting frequent UTI's your boyfriend may need to get checked. He may be giving you the infection. This is not an STD. He is just transferring some bacteria to you and he may need to be treated. Ask your doctor about this possibility.
Your doctor should be talking to you about low dose antibiotics that are taken after sex. Not all the time. If you've had more than 4 infections in the past month or two, you should be getting further testing for kidney stones, etc. You may have other issues going on.
I had the EXACT to every letter of every word same problem you had. After going to the doctors just about every few months for up to a year and being diagnosed with a UTI and then sent hom with antibiotics I got tired of taking antibiotics all the time because its not healthy to take so many for a long period of time and I got fed up with it so I did alot of digging and experimenting. The one thing that I didnt think it would be, it ended up being...and that is...suddenly having an allergic reaction to LATEX condoms which would irritate the urinary tract and cause an infection. So me and my fiance bought those other type of condoms, that are made out of someting else, specifically for ppl who allergic to latex, they are non-latex condoms you can buy them anywhere and everywhere, all the stores have them. Anyone can become allergic to something out of no where, I for one am a perfect example of that. We used latex condoms for years until suddenly one year I had problems. I also noticed that the lubricants can sometimes cause irritation so be sure to always clean that stuff out of you after sex. So basically, go try those alternative condoms and see if it works. I almost guarantee you thats the problem. You have to be careful when you go to gyno's and doctors too...b/c every place uses latex equipment and you have to be sure to tell them your allergic to latex. It is actually more common than people think. Good luck, and I wish you the best! I've been there and done all that! lol.
Actually, for me it was soap. After I kept getting a lecture from the campus nurse about not going back to front, and I told her that I'm not stupid we discovered it was most likely the soap. I used body wash for everything because I figured it's more hygienic than bar soap. Wrong! It just doesn't clean as well. I had less infections since I started using bar soap.
perpetual uti's, latex allergy NOT the answer for me at least
I'm having the same issue as the original poster and you, but i am on birth control and we don't use condoms so that is definitely not the issue, for me at least. I've been on antibiotics most of the year and get a uti every week after i see my boyfriend on the weekends (we're both busy in college during the week). I will talk to him about getting checked out. One of the infections i got early on turned into a really bad kidney infection because i didn't know the symptoms I should have been looking for....it can be overwhelming, because it is stressful enough trying to stay on top of school and two jobs...now I have to be constantly worried about my health, utis, antibiotics, infections, bacteria, things I never used to worry about. You could spend a lifetime becoming your own doctor on these things and still never have the answers! how is one person supposed to manage this when they can't trust doctors to do their jobs? I've had so many different opinions and prescriptions i've realized doctors don't know what the f*** they're doing and don't even agree with each other about what to do. I am so frustrated!
Be careful, quit taking so much cranberry because that can also make you FEEL like you have a UTI!!!! I suggest you STOP TAKING EVERYTHING and let your body return to normal without any medications....(after you treat your UTI that is...) Then test the condom latex theory...and try to limit your cranberry intake to maybe once every so many days, or maybe once after you have sex if you feel better about it....
Yes, actually the bacteria infection can spread to your kidneys and cause a kidney infection. This is considered a worse case scenerio and the symptoms will be extreme, blood in urine, extreme pain etc.... NEVER let a bacteria infection go untreated, you will regret it later, trust me, I learned from experience, DONT find out for yourself.
My experience with UTI's would not allow me to ignore or not treat a UTI. After two days I'd be in the ER peeing blood, with a fever and wishing I was dead. I know pretty much front eh 1st symptom and onset of a UTI. I do everything I can to avoid them, but SEX is what causes mine. Been married 20 years. Not everytime we have sex but more so now than before. Age & menopause, having a shorter utethura, not being hydrated enough beofore and after sex might be what contributes to mine. I pee EVERY TIME after sex to prevent it, but even now its not always a guarentee.
I noticed my 1st symptom and within 24 hours a urine test showed blood in my urine.
It is bacteria entering your urethra causing it. Unfortunately, some women are just more likely to get this happening during sex. The friction and heat may be contributing to this.
Does it happen with positions from the front and from behind? From behind removes the friction and rubbing on that area. You can also try to put a bit of Vasiline over your pee hole. This will prevent bacteria from entering. It is one of the few good uses for Vasiline around your vulva.
Hydration is easy to fix. Just drink more water. Cranberry juice can also keep the pH correct in your urinary tract.
I agree with you. I keep clean, and pee after sex every time, but I still get the UTIs. My boyfriend is, well, nicely built, and I am older than he is. I think both of these factors contribute to my UTIs. I've had xrays on my bladder and kidneys; all are working as should be. I believe it is age-related, and due to his 'prowess.'
Im not sure. You might want to do some research on that. I would go to a free local county health clinic and get tested, they do pap smears and std testing. Look into it, its alot cheaper than going to the doctor. It only cost me $10. But only use them for the cheap testing. If those come back negative, I would see a gynocologist.
Thanks for all the help, I'm glad I'm not alone here.
I went back to my doctor and he prescribed me low-dose antibiotics a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, I've been mostly out of town since then and because of that I haven't had sex yet, so I don't know if they'll work, but I'm almost positive they will because when they tested the infection, these antibiotics worked the best against it.
And thanks for the latex allergy suggestion. I'm nearly 100% positive I'm not allergic to latex, though, because it's one of the first things my boyfriend suggested, so we bought a pair of latex gloves and I wore them for a while with no adverse effects. I would have never thought of it myself. But it's good to know I'm not allergic to latex.
In response to WinterDreams:
That's what I thought, too, but my doctor said it was very highly unlikely. Usually STI's have their own symptoms, and while they can cause other problems, it's not often that they involve the urinary tract.
FOR THE LATEX GLOVES THING...your hands are alot different than inside of you!!! Doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure that...because its not the skin and allergic reaction that happens, the latex has some chemical that will IRRITATE the URETHRA, or basically, your pee whole, and when that gets irritated, it swells, and when that swells, it causes bacteria to get trapped and ultimately causes a UTI. TRUST ME, latex was the one thing I was 100% sure about too. It only cost $8 for the other condoms and they are located right next to all the latex ones, just TRY IT. It is much worth it to experiment with a different material and know for a fact, than just to assume and keep living through the hell. Just advice....take it or leave it.
hi . i have been suffering from uti's since the time i became sexually active. i tried everything fromantibiotics to cranberry suppliments to no avail.
the only thing that helps me is D MANNOSE. one dose and the problem seems to go away. take it more regularly wen u r more sexually active.
the oter thing that really helps if there is no other thing available is drniking milk with water 1:3. drink a couple of glasses for some relief.
and keep d mannose handy. you can get it from whole foods pharmacy for 19 dollars.
Well, my doctor sent for more tests, and came to the conclusion that the kind of bacteria causing the infection grows on the skin. It's not bad, that's just where it is, and for some reason, it gives me an infection when it gets inside.
So he found the drug is was least resistant to, with directions to take one pill right after I have sex.
So far, this has worked incredibly well.
So, my suggestion for those looking, ask to know what kind of bacteria (or whatever else) is causing the infection, and you can probably take steps to avoid contact.
I have the SAME exact problem. I've read everyone's responses, and I have a few questions. As far as getting your boyfriend checked out, what would he say when going to a doctor? Also, it can't be healthy to take a small dose of antibiotics after you have sex for your whole life... There has to be some other solution!
I have a question to penguinface. You mentioned a medicine, which kills bacteria living on a skin. What was the medicine doctor prescribed to you? I have exactly same problem and never use condoms, so cannot blame on latex allergy. Each time I have intercourse - I get UTI next day. And I have same partner and alweays pee after intercourse.