Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
A woman’s anatomy makes her prone to contracting UTIs after sex. Bacteria near the vagina can enter the urethra from contact with the penis, fingers, or devices. Spermicides and diaphragms also can cause more frequent UTIs.
When the bladder does not empty completely, infections also can occur. This condition may be caused by blockage (a stone) in the ureters, kidneys, or bladder that inhibits urine flow.
UTI symptoms include a strong urge to urinate that cannot be delayed. Next, as urine flows, you feel a sharp pain or burning, followed by another urge a few minutes later. Soreness may be felt in the lower abdomen, in the back, or in the sides. The urine may have a strong odor, look cloudy, or even be tinged with blood.
Treatment is usually quick and effective with prescribed antibiotics. Most symptoms go away in 1 – 2 days. However, more severe infections may require hospitalization.
Dysuria: Pain during urination.
Recurrent Infections: Infections that occur more than once, usually within a short time, although they may be spread out over several months.