Q: I had sex a couple of days ago and ever since I have needed to pee a lot. I think I may have an infection because it hurts when I pee. What could be wrong and how can I treat it?
A: That sounds a lot like the classic post-sex urinary tract infection (UTI).
UTI’s tend to happen when bacteria gets pushed into the urethra. So what kind of bacteria are we talking about? Often it’s of the fecal variety.
It’s not that girls don’t know how to wipe their butts properly. Because everything is really close together in a girl’s vulva, the thrusting of sex is a great way to spread microscopic germs.
To avoid this in the first place:
- Wipe really well from front to back after a bowel movement.
- Pee before you have sex.
- Pee after you have sex.
The peeing after sex is really crucial. I know it can seen kind of unromantic to leap out of bed and sprint to the toilet after getting busy, but doing that is a lot better than getting a UTI.
If you think you have a UTI, you can buy a test kit at the drug store. If it is positive, make an appointment with your doctor. If it is negative, you should still see someone as this could be the sign of an STD or other medical issue.
In the meantime, drink lots of water to help you flush out the infection. You can also drink unsweetened cranberry juice or take cranberry pills. Both can usually be found in health food stores. But don’t even think about going for the Ocean Spray. That stuff is so loaded with sugar that it could actually make your infection worse!