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If you've ever felt like you spent the whole next day after sex dashing to the bathroom and wincing as you pee, you are already more familiar with urinary tract infections than you'd like to be.
More than half of adult women get at least one in their life, and they often feel like a sore reminder of your last sexual encounter.
Sex - Triggers - Pain - Burning - Trips
Sex is one of the most common triggers for the pain, burning and frequent trips to the bathroom that let you know you have a urinary tract infection (UTI).
Dr Lauren Streicher, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University explain why sex can come at such a price, and how to avoid spending a week with bladder infection after spending a night with someone else.
Tract - Infections - Anyone - Matter - Sex
Urinary tract infections can happen to anyone, no matter what sex or gender you are.
But female anatomy is sort of built for them.
Bacteria - Tract - Urethra - Bladder - Infection
Any bacteria that doesn't belong in the urinary tract - which consists of urethra, bladder and kidneys - can spark an infection.
This pipeline is shaped differently in people with male and female anatomy. In those with vaginas, the urinary tract is much shorter, so wayward bacteria don't have to travel as far.
Suspects - E - Coli - Way - Tract
The usual suspects are E. coli bacteria that make their way from the digestive tract into the urinary one.
E. coli are to blame for about 90 percent of urinary tract infections, whether the problem is related to sex or not.
'We - Women - Tendency - Someone - Colonization
'We don't know why some women have a tendency to get them, but it has to do with what someone's normal colonization of bacteria is,' says Dr Streicher.
'It might be that that some women have a propensity to have more E. coli in their digestive or vaginal tract.'
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