Sex, Hygiene, and Prevention of UTI

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Sex, Hygiene, and Prevention of UTI
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Tue, 07-27-2010 - 7:49am
Before having sex, clean yourself. Go to the washroom, take a clean washcloth kept for this purpose, use water on it and clean yourself from FRONT TO BACK, from your vagina to your anus. (Women should always wipe themselves from front to back anyway, and only in one direction, too, not back and forth, but repeat the movement from front to back.) Wash carefully around your anus and make sure that any trace of fecal matter is removed. Have some water before having sex, and after having sex, get up, go to the toilet and pee. If any bacteria has started to enter the urethra, this will help to flush it out and prevent it from traveling upwards. Then you may return to bed to cuddle with your partner.



If you do any kind of anal play, anal stimulation with fingers or toys, or have anal sex, do not ever let the fingers, toys or penis go from the anus or the anal area to the vagina without carefully washing the fingers, toys or penis FIRST. If you use condoms, he has to change the condom, as well, if he has either entered the anus or played around the opening of it with his penis. And wash yourself again, too. If need be, keep a clean washcloth beside the bed, along with a basin of water.



Make sure that your partner's hands are clean, and that includes his fingernails. Are they short and kept tidy, and easy to clean? Does he wash his hands after going to the toilet himself and having a bowel movement? Because fecal matter can be introduced by hands, if his hands are not clean. For that matter, it wouldn’t come amiss if your partner washed his backside before having sex, too.



If you are already engaged in foreplay and haven't washed yourself, as suggested above, stop and whisper in a sexy voice that you'll be right back and make him wait. Yes, stopping can seem like a mood killer, but it doesn't have to be one if you handle it correctly. If you are in a stable relationship and he loves you, then tell him about your health problems with UTIs happening after sex and explain the need for hygienic measures as a means of prevention. If he really cares for you, he'll participate in maintaining your health, and be happy to do so.



Don't be shy and embarrassed about this; once a couple is engaging in sexual practices, embarrassment should be put aside. If you are not in a stable relationship, then it is up to you how you wish to handle this, but in the interest of your own health, try and be as open and honest as possible, and remember that looking after your health is in your own hands.



If you are on your honeymoon, or in the honeymoon stage of your relationship where you are having frequent sex, make sure that you are well lubricated. If getting dry is a problem, then the vaginal walls become more fragile and susceptible to irritation. Get some lube and keep it handy. Trust me, the need for lube isn't just an age question, but one of frequency also.



Another things you can do to maintain a healthy defense against UTIs is to drink cranberry juice on a regular basis. It is believed that it helps to prevent an infection from becoming full blown, and perhaps for some women it does so. It does not for me, but it helps to attenuate the infection when for one reason or another, I am struck down by one. Drink plenty of water on a regular basis, go to the toilet to pee when you need to, don't hold on and wait. Peeing keeps flushing out any bacteria that might be present, rather than letting them develop.



Wear cotton panties, and, unfortunately, wear panties, not sexy thongs or g-strings, and loose clothing.



During treatment for a UTI, it is also important that your doctor have a urinalysis done in order to determine which bacteria has caused the infection. The medication he or she will prescribe will be dependant on that, as some antibiotics are geared to fighting specific germs.



Finish taking all the medication your doctor has prescribed for you. Don’t stop taking the meds once you feel better, since not all the infectious bacteria has necessarily been killed off. If the treatment is stopped, then remaining germs can become resistant to the antibiotic you had been taking and the infection can return, often worse than the first one was. If you feel an infection coming on, get to a doctor or clinic as quickly as you can, and get the treatment for it started, in order to deal with it as quickly as possible.











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Registered: 01-19-2006
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 7:51am
From Live Science:



Anyone who's had a urinary tract infection has probably heard of the centuries-old home remedy of swigging cranberry juice.



The knowledge that cranberries fight the bacteria causing these infections comes in handy, especially as the overuse of prescription antibiotics forces new strains of drug-resistant bacteria to evolve.



Although scientists are still not exactly sure how the fruit juice functions as a natural antibiotic, a new study has provided a bit more insight. A group of researchers at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Worcester, Mass., investigated the nanoscale battle between cranberry juice and the infection-causing bacteria.



Read the rest of this article here:





Study Reveals How Cranberry Juice Conquers E. Coli




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Registered: 10-23-2009
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 7:21pm
Thank you for posting this, Nenu! These are great tips for all women to keep in mind.