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Nearly constant urinary tract infections?

By Anonymous January 30, 2009 - 1:07pm
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I suffer from a nearly constant UTI (Urinary tract infection). My doctor has told me that it is probably because I have a lot of sex (with one partner) and sex changes the pH of the vagina. She gave me a bunch of things do that would hopefully stop the UTI from coming back, such as urinating right after sex and making sure everything is well lubricated. I've also taken medications, but it only seems to solve the problem for a few days.


Does this happen to anybody else? And if it has, how did you get rid of it? Or am I doomed to have to urinate ever five seconds for the rest of my life?

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Anon - If you haven't done so already, I would suggest going to the first page of this thread and reading the comments as there are many helpful suggestions that have been provided. I would also suggest taking the advice of your doctor. If your doctor is a family doctor you may want to see a gynecologist first and then, if necessary, see a urologist. Good luck! Pat

July 13, 2010 - 5:41pm
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Anonymous (reply to Pat Elliott)

pat i have a couple of questions.
do you think it would be a good idea to use a douche if you have a UTI? do you think it would help any ?
and another thing i have a UTI and i also just started my period and only use tampons..do you think its a bad idea to put a tampon up there because of the UTI? would it make the infection worse or irritate it?

July 15, 2010 - 12:03am
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Douching would not help your UTI (douching is not healthy for your vagina, either, and your urethra is a separate opening in your body, and would not be effected by douching). Douching could actually cause more harm, as it can create more possibilities for further infection.

A tampon would also not effect your UTI, since it is inserted into your vagina, and your urethra (where your urinary tract infection and bacteria are causing irritation) are located. Even those these two opening are close to each other, they are still separate and are not connected in any way.

Does this help?

July 15, 2010 - 2:59pm
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i thought i was the only one with this problem. not that it's nice to know that all you women are having the same problems because this really is the worst. i'm only 19 and i've had almost around ten UTI's. when i've gone to my doctor she says thats this is very uncommon for someone my age and i need to go see a urologist to see if something worse is wrong with me. i havent gone yet but tonight i know i'm experiencing another UTI coming on.. its starting to get painful to go to the restroom and when i go it barely a few drops. look all of you women i too have sex quite alot and with the same person . i've been with him 3 and a half years and always drink alot of water and make sure to use the rest room after sex the problem is with some of my past infections and the one i think i have starting now is that i didnt have sex tonight. i havent with my boyfriend in two days so i dont know where this is coming from. if anyone has some helpful advice it'd be greatly appreciated

July 13, 2010 - 1:52am
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hey my names terra and i have had the same problem for a long time. I have just slowwed down on pop. 2 a day or so. i still get it once it a while but the key is to keep you mind focused on something else and the burning having to go pee sensation will go away.

July 6, 2010 - 2:37pm

hmmm..yeah they're different..what i meant was if there is a connection why I got BV...coz my guy had sex with the girl who has UTI(as what the girl said which I doubt if it's really UTI)..my OB told me that my guy also has BV but not necessarily to be treated. she just give a receipt where in my guy has to take. yeah right thanks coz it somehow helps clear my mind Patt :)

May 4, 2010 - 3:14am

Hi Patt thanks for that!!!coz I'm really doubting if the girl was telling the truth..she's actually the 2nd girl of my bf(but they ended up already)..and my bf confessed to me bout that. The girl said until now i think she's still taking a medicine coz she has UTI. I'm wondering when she told that she had a n infection with her blood and she used vaginal suppository for 7days. she had her papsmear last march2010 and I guess she's gonna have another papsmear after medication.At that time I also had BV...and I'm wondering coz I only have one partner. IS THERE ANY CONNECTION WHY I GOT BV?I still have to go back to my OB to make sure that I have no BV already. I finished my medication last thursday but at my 7th day of medication I have my menstration that's why I wasn't able to see my OB. please answer if it has something to do with that girl?I mean why I got BV? coz my bf has also BV he also has to take medicine which my OB told me..but not necessary to really treat my partner. I"ll wait for your answer. Thank you so much...I need to clear this big question of mine.

May 3, 2010 - 6:25am
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to sweetestworst)

You're welcome sweetestworst. I'm not sure though if I understand your new question. A urinary tract infection (UTI) is not the same as Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), which is a mild infection of the vagina. BV is typically treated with antibiotics, in the form of pills or vaginal creams.

As far as how you got BV, take a look at our reference page on BV which includes the causes, symptoms, treatment information and more. https://www.empowher.com/media/reference/bacterial-vaginosis#definition

I think you will also be interested in BV information included in the STD Facts information provided by the Centers for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov/std/bv/STDFact-Bacterial-Vaginosis.htm#howget

Here's what they say about how people get BV:

The cause of BV is not fully understood. BV is associated with an imbalance in the bacteria that are normally found in a woman's vagina. The vagina normally contains mostly "good" bacteria, and fewer "harmful" bacteria. BV develops when there is an increase in harmful bacteria.

Not much is known about how women get BV. There are many unanswered questions about the role that harmful bacteria play in causing BV. Any woman can get BV. However, some activities or behaviors can upset the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina and put women at increased risk including:

* Having a new sex partner or multiple sex partners,
* Douching

It is not clear what role sexual activity plays in the development of BV. Women do not get BV from toilet seats, bedding, swimming pools, or from touching objects around them. Women who have never had sexual intercourse may also be affected.

So, as you can see, there aren't a lot of clear cut answers on the cause, but, fortunately there are good solutions for ending the infection. I hope that yours clears up and that you can go forward with your life and enjoy yourself. Pat

May 3, 2010 - 5:39pm

I think UTI is very common but I'm wondering if it's really necessary to use vaginal suppository? and will you have blood infection too?

April 28, 2010 - 4:11am
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to sweetestworst)

sweetestworst - UTIs are treated with antibiotic drugs. Standard medical care for a UTI includes taking antibiotics for three days. There may or may not be blood in the urine when you have a UTI. You can find more information here: https://www.empowher.com/media/reference/urinary-tract-infection-uti#definition

April 30, 2010 - 5:17pm
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