Great question! Generally, it is recommended to pee after having sex to help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs.) Having sex introduces a lot of bacteria into your genital area and that includes your urethra – the opening of your urinary tract. Peeing right after intercourse will help flush any unwanted bacteria out of your urethra where you definitely don’t want it hanging out for long, and decrease your risk for infection.
To help prevent UTIs, we recommend using the restroom as soon as possible after sex, and definitely before going to sleep for the night. Staying hydrated throughout the day and after intercourse can help as well.
It is very important to note that unfortunately, peeing right after sex has nothing to do with pregnancy prevention. We have heard a lot of myths like this though! Some women think that if they stand up right after, use the restroom, or even remain on top during intercourse, they will lower their chances of getting pregnant. This is just not the case. If you have unprotected sex, and any semen gets in or even around your vagina, you can get pregnant.
What can actually reduce your risk of pregnancy?
• A reliable birth control method
• Emergency Contraception
When not treated, UTIs can quickly turn into bladder or kidney infections which are much more serious. If you have any symptoms of a UTI such as burning or pain with urination, cloudy or discolored urine, having to urinate very often, or having a strong urge to urinate, it is important that you come in right away for an exam and infection screening.
Have questions about preventing infections or worried you may have one? Call (877) 883.7264 or visit fpawomenshealth.com to make an appointment online.