Holistic Ways to Manage and Prevent UTI’s
ALWAYS PEE AFTER SEX is my # 1 rule to avoid Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and other vaginal infections.
I know it sucks to get up and go to the bathroom right after a good session with your lover when you would just rather lay in their arms and enjoy ALL the post-sex aftercare – kinda takes the romance out of it doesn’t it?
But let me tell you, it is ESSENTIAL to ALWAYS PEE AFTER SEX (and before too!) to prevent UTIs, and here’s why:
Peeing after sex can help to flush bacteria out of the urethra, which helps prevent a urinary tract infection (UTI) – especially helpful for people who are prone to UTIs.
A UTI is an infection that occurs in any area of the urinary system, such as the bladder, urethra, or kidneys.
It occurs when bacteria (E. Coli) get into your urinary tract through your urethra and starts multiplying in your bladder. If your urinary tract’s natural defenses fail, bacteria can grow and cause an infection.
Your urethra is a tube-like organ that helps pass urine out of the bladder. People with vaginas are more prone to getting UTIs because your urethra is short and bacteria have to travel a shorter distance to enter the bladder.
The health of your bladder can directly affect your sex life – having sex with a full bladder can increase your chances of developing stress urinary incontinence.
This is a condition that develops because of weak pelvic floor muscles and/or a weak urethral sphincter. In this condition, the bladder can leak urine during any movement that puts pressure on it, such as coughing, exercising, laughing, sneezing, or having sex.
It’s always a good idea to pee after AND BEFORE sex, especially if you already feel like you have to pee before your steamy session.
Antibiotics are the only way to treat UTIs, which of course can negatively impact your gut microbiome, and can potentially lead to yeast infections, especially if you are getting chronic UTIs and have to take rounds of antibiotics.
This is why a holistic approach to your sexual health is important to managing and preventing UTIs – with proper sexual hygiene practices and by understanding what you can specifically do with your diet and supplements to rebalance the good bacteria in your gut microbiome.
Here are some of my recommendations on how to manage and prevent UTI’s naturally:
D-Mannose supplements https://amzn.to/3FDPaYI
Cranberry Supplements https://amzn.to/3FBbxht
Uva Ursi herbal tea https://amzn.to/3cGPN7C
Probiotics – prevent harmful bacteria from attaching to urinary tract cells, produce hydrogen peroxide in urine (a strong antibacterial lowering urine pH, making conditions less favorable for bacteria). People who take lactobacillus supplements while on antibiotics for UTIs may develop less antibiotic resistance than people not taking them.
I recommend this probiotic: https://amzn.to/3eNGynn
Vitamin C – an antioxidant that helps to improve immune system function and also reacts with nitrates in urine to form nitrogen oxides that can kill bacteria. It can lower the pH of urine, making it less likely that bacteria will survive.
I recommend this Vitamin C supplement: https://amzn.to/3wnB9JX
Sexual Hygiene practices:
ALWAYS PEE AFTER SEX, after solo sex, and after using sex toys.
Washing after sex (but NO soap!)
Wipe from front to back
Washing the genitals, especially the foreskin, before/after sex
Washing the genitals/changing condoms if switching from anal sex to vaginal sex
YOUR DIET is VERY important to managing & preventing UTIs. What you eat has a direct connection to your vaginal health via your gut, and can affect the bacteria that cause UTIs.
In my experience and from the research that I’ve done, an elimination diet similar to the candida elimination diet with its specific antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal protocol, is best for people who want to eliminate chronic UTI and any other vaginal infections like yeast and/or bacterial vaginosis.
This diet is also a great way to reset and rebalance your gut health if you’ve needed to take rounds of antibiotics to treat UTIs.
My signature F*CK Candida online candida elimination program will give you all the tools and knowledge to know where, and how, to start!
Last, but definitely, not least (and probably the MOST IMPORTANT), stay hydrated!
Drink lots of water, sometimes with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
Try to avoid anything that will dehydrate you – caffeinated drinks like coffee and/or black tea, alcohol, too much salt/sodium, fried foods, and junk foods.
If you are struggling with UTI infections and they keep coming back, a holistic approach with your diet, supplements and sexual hygiene practices like what I recommend in my F*CK Candida program and in this blog are ESSENTIAL to getting to the root cause of your UTI’s and being able to manage and prevent UTI symptoms in the future.
If you struggle with vaginal infections and need personal support, I offer 1:1 support calls as part of my services and create a safe space for you to feel comfortable talking about your experience with someone who understands. Here’s the link to book a 20min call with me: