Dr. Akl explains if a urinary tract infection (UTI) can be spread to another during sexual intercourse and shares how a doctor can differentiate between a UTI and a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Sexual intercourse can increase the risk of developing urinary tract infections by introducing bacteria from the vagina into the urethra and the bladder. However, urinary tract infections are not a sexually transmitted disease. You can still develop urinary tract infections even if you are not having sexual intercourse.
As a physician, to differential between a urinary tract infection and a sexually transmitted disease the appropriate tests are done in the office. For example, for a urinary tract infection a urine culture and sensitivity is done. For a sexually transmitted disease, vaginal and cervical cultures are done to rule out a sexual transmitted disease.
About Dr. Mohamed Akl, M.D.:
Dr. Mo Akl is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship trained in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive surgery. Dr. Akl completed four years of residency training in general Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hurley Medical Center affiliated with Michigan State University followed by an additional three years of fellowship training in urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery at the renowned Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, one of the best training institutions in urogynecology, pelvic surgery, laparoscopic and da Vinci robotic surgery.