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I'm new to this forum, and love it. Have had countless UTIs /cystitis, one kidney infection, urine specimens sent off, pelvic ultrasounds, etc.
I'm trying to manage and have been doing well, without a UTI for 8 months - until last week. I've made a concerted effort to dothe following... drink a reasonable amout, make sure I'm not dehydrated (even with a good dose of alcohol), always pee within 5 minutes after sex, keep my fluids up the day after I've had "good sex" with my partner, always use a proper lubricant (as opposed to massage oils or good old natural lubricant), wash my pubic area after sex (usually I use a little liquid soap & pour lots of warm water over as I sit on the loo), and try and get lots of rest and minimal stress generally.
However, I've been doing all this, and when we have regular "nice" sex, no UTI.
But whenever we have brilliant proper sex, BOOM... I come down with a UTI.
So, I'd love to hear some answers to the following:::
Does anyone think lube makes a difference?
Does anyone think shaving pubic hair from the lower & anal area makes a difference? Does anyone think pubic hair actually serves as a barrier to UTIs?
Does anyone think that the stronger the orgasm, and general muscle contractions associated, the more likely to come down with a UTI? (I wonder if those amazing orgasms interfere with the bladder sphincter or bladder wall)?
Does anyone think it has been related to past episodes of chlamydia, with possible subsequent scarring of the actual urinary tract?
...I don't bother with cranberry, ural, too much water, etc.. In the last year, I minimise my torture with immediate trimethoprim, a dose of valium to get some rest and take away the urge to pee, strain, etc... that definitely helps... but I'm not sure we are onto the cause of why the bacteria take hold?
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