HOW TO PREVENT RECURRENT UTIs AFTER SEX - Dr. Rejuvenation
Hi. I'm Dr. Aimee Nguyen, also known as Dr. Rejuvenation.
A common issue that arises for women of all ages is recurrent UTIs after sex. Believe it or not, it's a very common problem, and what I usually say is, "Pee before sex, pee after sex." I sometimes suggest getting in the tub and opening up the lips to the labia and just flushing some warm water at the surface, just to kind of cleanse away any bacteria that's on the surface can oftentimes help. The other thing that I think that's really important is anytime you are feeling symptoms of a bladder infection, i.e., the burning with urination, the urgency and frequency, I think bladder diet is really important. You want to avoid anything acidic or caffeinated or a spicy because it can contribute to more inflammation inside your bladder.
So, it's kind of like if you fell and you scraped her knee and you try to clean it off with some alcohol, it would burn, when you're starting to have those early signs of a bladder infection, if you're drinking alcohol and flooding it with cranberry juice and anything acidic or caffeinated or spicy, it will just create more inflammation and make your symptoms worse. And so I often suggest just drinking water and a very bland diet because believe it or not, 15% of the time, your body will be able to clear the infection on its own without the need for antibiotics. There are also cranberry supplements that you can take preventatively to try to prevent bladder infections, but what I would say is if you're getting recurrent bladder infections and conservative measures haven't been helping you, then certainly follow up with your doctor because there are more aggressive ways that we can try to prevent them.