Maybe you are in a brand new relationship, you just went on a romantic trip with your spouse, or you are dating long-distance and finally saw your partner. Whatever your reason for having a sex-filled
weekend, it can come with one unfortunate side effect: a urinary tract infection.
If you often get these annoying and painful infections at one of the above times, you are not alone. In fact, experts even have a colloquial name for it: honeymoon cystitis. It might sound cute, but it is the same awful UTI you’re used to. Experts just coined this term to explain the tendency for women to contract the infection after sex particularly after a lot of sex.
“The urethra is the tube that goes from outside up into the bladder is literally right next to the vagina,”
When you have sex, bacteria from the vagina can get rubbed into the urethra, where it travels up to the bladder. And when you have a lot of sex in a short period of time, it can make you more susceptible to these infections.
One common theory is that your body is not used to the bacteria you are exposed to a new partner, but that is probably not the case. In fact, it is usually your own bacteria that cause the infection. So it is not your new partner that is upsetting your vagina rather it is the fact that you had sex with him three times last night.
There is a need for plenty of lubrication to prevent any tears or irritation, which can make infections more likely. Peeing before and after sex can also help.
But if you have more than handful of UTIs per year, Minkin suggests checking in with a urologist to see if there is something going on in your bladder that is making you more susceptible to infections. Do not worry, your doctor will have plenty of solutions that are less drastic than toning down your libido.