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Urinary Tract Infections and Sex

Sex & UTIs

UTIs from sex are nicknamed “honeymoon cystitis” (cystitis = bladder infection) with good reason. Sex is the most common cause of UTIs in sexually active women. About 80% of women that get a UTI have had sex in the prior 24 hours (‘post-coital’ UTI is the medical term). It is most common in younger women who are just starting to have sex or for anyone just entering a new sexual relationship.

Bacteria are always present – even right after washing – and intercourse just naturally brings it into contact with a woman’s urethra (which is shorter than a man’s, so the bacteria may get to the bladder faster). To be clear, getting a urinary tract infection from having sex is not about how clean a woman or her partner is (though that can help). It just means that as a woman, you are more prone to UTIs (10 times more likely).

You cannot catch a UTI from someone else. If you’re thinking of having sex, wait until your symptoms are gone and you’re comfortable and aren’t in pain. A UTI isn’t a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and is not a contagious condition. However, you can pass the bacteria that causes a urinary tract infection between partners.

Take ellura if you frequently get UTIs after sex

For daily prevention from UTIs after intercourse, take 1 ellura at about the same time every day to block harmful bacteria that cause them. If you begin to feel symptoms after sex or the next morning, it is likely a sign of excess bacteria in the bladder and not a UTI yet. You can double up on your ellura for the next day or 2 until those symptoms go away.

On-demand UTI protection - how to prevent UTIs from sex

Take 2 capsules of ellura before or after sex and then 2 the following day (4 capsules total for intimate moments) to flush out newly introduced UTI-causing bacteria! But if you’re having regular sexual activity, it’s best to take ellura daily so you don’t have to worry when the moment is right! ellura is safe to take every day and fits into your routine, like taking birth control or a daily vitamin, and the timing of sex won't matter as you'll have ongoing protection.

Avoid low-dose antibiotics for prevention (they have side effects and may lead to resistance, but to treat a urinary tract infection, they are necessary.)

Stop waking up with a UTI! and avoid the antibiotic rollercoaster

Most of my patients are being referred by their general practitioner after months or even years of antibiotic use (sometimes taking them monthly). They have been treated with a variety of antimicrobials – Cipro, Macrobid, Augmentin – from multiple providers and they are no longer working. This makes managing these recurrent UTIs more challenging...

Erin Norman, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Obstetrics & Gynecology