Have you been checked for interstitial cystitis? Did your doctor prescribe that? And did you take that one pill after intercourse based on a prescription? I see that it's recommended for some women with recurrent UTIs, but there are various options there. Are you using a condom or on the pill?
I've heard of both increasing UTIs for some people. Do you have diagnosed Recurrent UTI? And yeah, have you been checked recently for cystitis? This sounds terrible and I'd say way outside the norm for UTIs. Can you find a doctor who specializes in reproductive health - someone recommended?
You should also take this whole list to your appointment. Do not let a doctor get off the hook with dismissive remarks. This is your health and just because it is tangentially related to sex doesn't make it not a serious issue.
Those remarks are so unprofessional! You may get some good tips and tricks from this thread but since you say you have other complicating medical factors that make UTIs dangerous for you, I think it would be in your best interest to locate a doctor that is on board.
Any position that stimulates your g-spot is also likely irritating your urethra, so you might want to avoid the ones you know of. G-spot stimulation often makes you feel like you have to pee, that's one way to tell if you're not familiar with it.
For me, girl-on-top leaning way forward doesn't provide much g-spot stimulation, but then again, neither does missionary. It's basically just an imbalance of the good and bad bacteria that naturally occur in your vagina. If you have it and the bacteria get into your urethra during sex, you can get a UTI, which you're then treated for, but then the imbalance comes back and you get another UTI. This can be helped by using something like RepHresh to restore vaginal pH to normal, which keeps the "bad" bacteria in check.
I used to get chronic UTIs when I was younger, and I didn't notice any difference with different positions or timing. Religiously peeing before and after sex seemed to be the only thing that made any sort of difference, aside from antibiotics when I did get a UTI not after sex as my doc had once suggested, because of antibiotic resistance concerns.
I honestly don't know why I stopped getting them, but I used to get them a few times a year and now I can't remember the last time I had one. We take similar, though less extreme, precautions as you. The thing that has seemed to work best is for me to use a hand sanitizer on my hands and junk prior to getting busy.
It dries quickly, and there are some with moisturizers and nice scent, so it's not like I'm slathering up with raw alcohol. And it doesn't kill the mood, because both of us are usually in and out of the bathroom prior to sexy time, anyway. The bulk of them, who are male, seem to be more attuned to, interested in and sensitive to male problems. Unfortunately, all too many of them view female UTIs as minor irritations at best and 'all-in-her-head' nonsense at worst.
I can recommend someone in New York City; memail me and I'll be happy to forward his contact information. If he isn't conveniently located or accessible to you, he might be able to refer you to someone who is. Now, IANAD, but if the antibiotic you were using was macrodantin commonly prescribed for UTIs for a variety of reasons , ask the doctor to try macrobid: If you are experiencing frequently recurrences, this may be part of the problem.
For reasons that remain unclear, doctors often seem to fail to consider this. The bacteria that cause all the trouble live in the intestinal tract and vagina as well as on the skin. It is possible that your particular portfolio mix of bacteria has become rebalanced to favor types and quantities of types of microorganisms more likely to lead to UTIs as well as the vaginal yeast infections that so often precede incidents of UTIs.
Were you ever treated long term with antibiotics for, say, acne or Lyme Disease? This can lead to a rebalancing of bacteria populations. With this in mind, you might try taking a "probiotic" supplement available at your local health food store to see if a shift in your digestive tract flora can help. There is one made by Jarrow www. Sorry for the lengthy typing. Memail me if you want that doc reference. Please keep in mind that many, many women deal with this to varying degrees at different times in life for a variety of reasons.
You are not alone with this. It is almost always more of a royal pain in the ass nuisance than a sign of a big, bad, it's-going-to-kill-you problem. And it can be dealt with: DO NOT give up on the sex! That to me would emphasize more lubrication, not less, though it would need to be sterile.
What are you using for birth control? Several sources also seem to indicate a connection to spermicidals as increasing the risk. And a hundred times agreement with the folks who say those snarky unhelpful comments from doctors are bullshit. I beat this drum all the time but I'll say it again: You might look for a specialist - use the finder on the Urogynecologic society site.
If you have an e-coli infection, well, you're getting the bad stuff introduced into your urethra during intercourse. I would think that any position from behind would reduce contact with your urethra. If your UTI is strep or staph based, sex may be irritating an existing infection.
Doggy style would still help if that's the case. Additionally, if you do have an atypical infection, you may not be on the right antibiotic. I had a UTI that would just Also anecdotal, but cranberry juice is way more effective than the pills.
You just have to find the straight stuff and cut with a little water or ginger ale. It's also possible that your bladder is much closer to the upper wall of your vaginal canal and is therefore much more sensitive to friction than normal.
For me, that's definitely the case, so intercourse is something I have to sort of navigate carefully. I am going to nth the suggestion that you take daily doses of cranberry juice. I've found that without peridium, I'm constantly straining and just making things worse, and the cranberry juice just doesn't take effect as wholly as it should. Boo, UTIs, and shame on those douchebag doctors who would cavalierly dismiss your symptoms in the way that they did.
I'd kick 'em all for you if I could. Ginger ale could never make it palatable for me, but Fresca did the trick. Good luck, I know this is completely miserable. I have been checked for interstitial cystitis, bacterial vaginosis, and vesicoureteral reflux; I've also had a full STD panel done several times. Everything came back negative. I have been diagnosed with recurrent UTIs, with reinfection and not relapse.
We are not using birth control; we cannot get pregnant and are monogamous. Since I'm not really asking for medical advice here, the advice to find a doctor on board with my problem is definitely true, but isn't really germane sorry if I sound snippy.
I am trying to get a good doctor, but I actually don't think this is a problem that a doctor could help with. I can have PIV if I follow my regimen, which is awesome; I'm just wondering if I could branch it out a bit in a safe way.
I came up with this regimen myself after reading a lot of research about UTIs, but I couldn't find research on sex positions specifically or on length of time for intercourse. The reason that I think position might have something to do with the UTIs is that some sex positions certainly aggravate the urethra more than others. To that end, Serene Empress Dork's suggestion is very helpful. Basically, the methods to prevent UTIs that I have outlined are definitely working and it's highly possible that they're not all necessary, but the system works and isn't that bad but I'd like to be able to have sex in other positions.
This would preferably be supported by research or anecdotal experience with sex positions for people who are prone to UTIs. You are doing all of the right things, it sucks you're still stuck in it. This was not intentional when it happened--things just got too bad to do it. But it seemed to help things balance out. I can't tell you for sure if the combination of the two got rid of my UTIs, but it's possible taking a break from the PIV sex may allow your system some time to recover, with the cranberry pills and lemon juice and whatnot doing some extra cleaning of the pipes.
No PIV will suck but there are lots of other awesome things one can do during sexy times! I wouldn't think the issue is urinary tract stimulation so much as getting bacteria pushed up in the urinary tract, which happens in missionary and other penis rubbing clitoris positions sorry to say.
If preventing knocking to your urethra is the main concern, then either doggy style or woman on top might be much better Since this seems to be highly personal, you'll have to do some experimentation, unfortunately. If that doesn't work for you, you can try spooning sideways and kind of angled forward to allow him to enter from behind. That reduces the front of your pelvis and urethra from being repetitively knocked. Also, make sure that you're not using a douche or anything too abrasive when you're washing - this can definitely contribute to UTIs and yeast infections.
Here is one study that claims the group with the most UTI used the "female superior position" woman on top though it also notes that the other groups weren't all that different. I suspect some of this has to do with individual wiring. Have you tried D-Mannose? Cranberry pills aren't known for great quality control, and never worked for me.
For me, that means using plenty of lube and not using positions that put lots of pressure there including, as ch1x0r mentioned, penis-rubbing-clit positions. Straight in is probably your best bet.