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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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Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon - You may find the following article about dietary products that help with UTIs to be helpful. Pat


January 21, 2010 - 5:31pm
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iT ALWAS HAPPENS TO ME. its always after i start having sex. i hate it. this is the third time ive caught it this year. i try to make sure there is no anal contact during vaginal intercourse, but nothing works. could it be condoms that cause this, or do i have a very bad immune system?

November 28, 2009 - 12:22pm
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I had this to with a boyfriend that I was in a long-term relationship with, when I was in my late 20s. I do not get the UTIs with my husband (even when we were dating). My doctor told me to drink a lot of cranberry juice, as it has some natural antibiotic-effects. (not sure if that is the right term or not).

Also, the difference I noticed was that I was not as lubricated during sex with my boyfriend, and I would get the UTI. Not sure if this is your situation or not, but using a lubricant could also help.

February 1, 2009 - 9:06am

Hi Anon,
I have to say, what you're experiencing is something I've been through myself. It seemed with me that when I went through that period of time with recurring UTIs, I had sex quite a bit (with one partner). I kept going to the doctor with "Honeymoon Cystitis"...sounds lovely, huh?
With me, I got one UTI after another and finally I guess I had one that I didn't even realize I had because it wasn't too long from feeling slight discomfort again, that I developed a kidney infection. All of this happened with me, right after I started having sex regularly, but I have come to realize that it can pretty much happen whenever. My mom who is in her late 50s has frequent UTIs probably from the same thing. When she starts feeling like she's getting one, or her urine smells differently than usual, she calls the doctor and goes in to have a urinalysis so that she can catch it early. She starts taking antibiotics (typically Macrobid) as soon as she receives positive results for a UTI. I think that helps her avoid a lot of discomfort. I would also recommend probiotics to see if that could help with prevention. I wish you the best of luck in dealing with these UTIs and hopefully the problem will go away soon!

January 31, 2009 - 9:52pm
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Anonymous (reply to .Saturnalia.)

Hi, I'm Genya and I'm 26 years old. UTI's have nothing to do with lots of sex. When I had sex three times day wih my ex-boyfriend earlier, I never knew about existnce of UTI's. However, later, when I was abstaining from sex for months, I developed my first UTI. Now, I barely if ever have sex, mostly due to persoal abstinence choice. In the last three years, I had sex only three times, and my UTI's became constant phenomena - it's almost as if they are due to lack of sex.....I beleive that UTI's develop due to some internal imbalance of organisms in our bodies,like acne in some people. My be it's some form of diet that kills the right microbes, or may be some form of life habit that affects our bodies. I just don't beleive that a UTI is caused by sex or lack of cranberry. It must be caused by some imbalance within our bodies....may be it has to do with PH acidity of our blood, may be with certain vitamins, or probiotics, or immune system....there must be something flawed with the internal organ's system in the "microscopic" realm that causes chronic UTI'.

September 27, 2010 - 1:41am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

It has nothing to do with having sex. I have not had any for over 4 years. I too am tired of never getting over urinary tract infections. I have been to specialists and they have me take the Microbid once a day. Then they put me on an antibiotic and then good for a week or so and then back it comes. I am at the end of my rope. I even have an e string inserted for replacing moisture since I have been through my changes for almost 9 years. The Dr. said that would help. it doesn't!


April 13, 2011 - 5:49am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I am 25 - mine is not sex related either. I just got over a 4 week long set of anti biotics - actually 3 different anti biotics. I believe the last set may have possibly made it a little better - but I am 5 days now from my last dose - and it's UNBEARABLE. I've never had problems like this before - and I have had no changes - in life, medications or environment. ... however when i was a young teen - i had a severe kidney infection - with massive dehydration and pitting edema in my feet/ankles... I can't imagine this is related but who knows. I hope ya'll figure out what is going on with you - and start feeling better soon. me too.

April 20, 2011 - 1:58pm
(reply to Anonymous)

I have also read that at the menopausal age the drying and thinning of the vagina can also lead to frequent UTI's. I either plan on getting a scrip for Estrace or the E string. Any comments?

April 13, 2011 - 7:05am
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Thank you for your comment. It may be helpful to remember that not all cases and treatments apply to everyone. It is best to work with your doctor to determine the best course for treatment based on findings in your own health.
Here is more information about the use of these treatments:

April 13, 2011 - 7:42am
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