Do you rush to the loo immediately after sexual intercourse? If you said yes, then let us tell you: you are doing the right thing. Why do we say so? Well, that’s because according to gynaecologists this simple act can keep you safe from vaginal distress called urinary tract infection (UTI).
UTI is nothing short of a curse for your vaginal health. It comes with pain, vomiting, nausea, fever, and unbearable cramping. And the reason behind this disease is the invasion by bacteria which can occur during sex, particularly unsafe sex.
How can sex lead to UTI?
Was your partner wearing a condom during penetration? If he was, then you might be safe. You see when semen infected with bacteria reaches your vagina during intercourse, it can expose your urethra to infection. And when you don’t pee pose sex, it increases the likelihood of the bacteria setting up home in your vaginal biome and multiplying.
“Basically, the bacteria travels from the urethra to the bladder and if not taken into consideration, it can reach the kidneys and lead to renal failure”, explains ob-gynae, Dr Manisha Ranjan from Motherhood Hospital, Noida.
But how can peeing help you avoid a UTI?
Basically when you pee right after sexual intercourse, it flushes out the bacteria–never giving it a chance to reach the farther corners of your nether region.
“The urethra is very small in women, that’s why women get this infection more than men. Although there is no evident data that says peeing can keep you completely safe from UTIs, it is a good practice to follow as most of the bacteria is flushed out,” concludes Dr Ranjan.
So there you have it: even if your partner thinks it’s rude to just scurry off to the bathroom, you must think of your vagina first and take a piss to reduce your risk of UTI.