Ever since I started having sex I get urinary tract infections very frequently.
Does that mean there could be something else wrong? – Mandy*
If you have burning or pain with urination, it could be a number of things. One
possibility is a urinary tract infection (UTI), but other possibilities include a
sexually transmitted disease (STD), such as chlamydia, or just chemical irritation
from a spermicide. It is difficult to tell the difference without seeing a doctor
or nurse practitioner.
Urinary tract infections tend to be more common in girls who have sex. Often, UTIs
are the result of bacteria entering the urethra.
Following these steps will help you to decrease the chance of developing UTIs:
Don't touch your vagina with anything that has been in contact with your anus
(this includes condoms, toilet paper, fingers, etc.). Do not go from anal to vaginal
Wipe front to back after going to the bathroom.
Pee immediately before and after sex.
Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
STDs can have symptoms similar to those of a UTI. Depending on the organism causing
it (and how your body reacts), you could have burning, vaginal discharge, abdominal
pain, irregular bleeding, or other signs.
Many times, though, STDs have few symptoms, which is why it is important for anyone
who has had sex to be tested. And always use condoms with any type of sex to help
In any case, the best thing to do is get checked out ASAP by a doctor or nurse
practitioner who can look for the reason you're having symptoms. It's really important
to get the right diagnosis and treatment!