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Urinary tract infection

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A urinary tract infection is a common infection that can occur from having sex.

 

It can affect different areas of the urinary tract from the lower areas where the urethra and the bladder are, to the upper areas where the areters and the kidneys are. If bacteria get into the bladder, it can cause cystitis, while if the bacteria travels up to the kidneys, it can cause pyelonephritis.

 

Women are more likely to contract UTI than men after sex, because the opening of the urethra (the tube you pee through) is at the front of the vagina, and the urethra in women is shorter than it is in men. Bacteria can enter the vagina from sex (contact from penis, fingers or other objects) as well as spermicides or diaphragms.

 

 

Is there a quick fix?

 

Antibiotics can usually treat a UTI with most symptoms usually disappearing between 1 and 2 days. If not treated, the UTI can become a kidney infection which may require a visit to the hospital.

 

 

How can I make sure this doesn't happen?

 

To prevent UTIs it is important to wash thoroughly around the vaginal opening, drink lots of water to flush out the urinary tract, and drink or take oral pills of unsweetend cranberry.

 

 

Talk to me.

 

A urinary tract infection is a common infection that can occur from having sex.

 

It can affect different areas of the urinary tract from the lower areas where the urethra and the bladder are, to the upper areas where the areters and the kidneys are. If bacteria get into the bladder, it can cause cystitis, while if the bacteria travels up to the kidneys, it can cause pyelonephritis.

 

Women are more likely to contract UTI than men after sex, because the opening of the urethra (the tube you pee through) is at the front of the vagina, and the urethra in women is shorter than it is in men. Bacteria can enter the vagina from sex (contact from penis, fingers or other objects) as well as spermicides or diaphragms.

 

Graphic representation of Urinary tract infection

 

Is there a quick fix?

 

Antibiotics can usually treat a UTI with most symptoms usually disappearing between 1 and 2 days. If not treated, the UTI can become a kidney infection which may require a visit to the hospital.

 

 

How can I make sure this doesn't happen?

 

To prevent UTIs it is important to wash thoroughly around the vaginal opening, drink lots of water to flush out the urinary tract, and drink or take oral pills of unsweetend cranberry.

 

 

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Urinary tract infection

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