A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection that affects the urinary system – kidneys, ureter, bladder, and urethra. This infection may cause a frequent urge to urinate, muscle ache and back pain, strong smelling urine, nausea and vomiting, and burning sensation while urinating.
UTIs are 10 times more common in women than men. This is because the female urethra through which the urine exits the body, is shorter, which makes it easier for the bacteria to invade the bladder. Also, a woman’s urethra is close to the anus, which allows the bacteria to spread from the anus to the urethra.
Frequent and intense sexual intercourse is often linked with UTIs in women. However, the true culprit is the bacteria. While having sex, the bacteria from the nether regions and anus come in contact with the urethra. This allows the bacteria to invade the urethra, the bladder, and finally the kidneys, thereby causing an infection.
When a woman participates in a sexual act, she comes in contact with the UTI-causing bacteria. Moreover, contraceptive methods such as non-lubricated condoms, spermicide and diaphragm increase the risk of UTIs in women. While diaphragm doesn’t allow the bladder to completely vacate itself, spermicide and non-lubricated condoms increase irritation in the nether regions during sex. Hence, using lubricated condoms is a safer option.
Furthermore, women who frequently have sex with new partners are more likely to contract a urinary tract infection. Pregnant women can also contract UTIs because of the various changes occurring in their body that can affect the urinary tract.
“You can still enjoy your sex life to the fullest.”
A urinary tract infection can affect people of any age and sex. However, some people are more prone to UTIs than others. Although most UTIs are not serious, they can cause considerable damage to the kidneys, if left untreated.
Fortunately, you can still enjoy your sex life to the fullest without the fear of contracting a urinary tract infection. Below are the various preventive measures you can adopt to decrease the buildup of bacteria and reduce your risk of developing a urinary tract infection: