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Peeing after sex: What benefits does it have?
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Peeing after sex: What benefits does it have?

Experts recommend peeing at least half an hour before and immediately after sex to remove the bacteria from the urinary tract and vagina

While hygiene is crucial for a healthy intimate relationship, experts also recommend peeing after sex

According to American Urological Association (AUA), about 60% of women and 12% of men will have at least one urinary tract infection (UTI) in their lifetime. Vaishali Gupta (31), an HR consultant from Delhi was recently treated for UTIs in a private hospital. After several rounds of diagnosis to find the cause of her recurrent UTIs, doctors advised her to be extremely particular about genital hygiene as a means of managing her UTIs. “I started peeing after sex and ensured hygienic practices, which helped me manage my infections,” she shared.

While hygiene is crucial for a healthy intimate relationship, experts also recommend peeing after sexual intercourse. The genital areas need to be cleaned after intercourse, and emptying the bladder helps keep bacterial infections at bay. Peeing after sex is important to wash out any germs, says Dr Raghavender Kosgi, microsurgical andrologist, urologist and sexual dysfunction specialist, Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad.

Why should you urinate after intercourse?

Experts say women are more prone to infections like UTI post-intercourse than men due to their anatomy. “In women, the urethra is close to the vagina; hence, there are greater chances of bacteria entering the bladder,” shares Dr Kosgi. Dr Ajay S Shetty, lead consultant, urology renal transplantation and robotics surgeon, Manipal Hospitals, Bangalore, adds, “Peeing immediately after sex and cleaning the vaginal area helps reduce the risk of UTIs.” Further, experts suggest that UTIs can affect the uterus. Hence, urinating shortly after sex can help avoid infections or contaminations in the urinary system.

Dr Kosgi shares that the anatomy of men makes them less susceptible to infections like UTIs. However, at times, they may have asymptomatic bacterial infections. He says that in such cases, peeing after sex helps flush out the bacteria.

Benefits of peeing after sex

Dr Pruthviraj MO, associate consultant, obstetrics and gynecology, Manipal Hospital, Bangalore, says that sexual intercourse is one of the risk factors for UTIs in women since the opening of the urethra lies close to the vagina and the clitoris. However, peeing after sex can be beneficial in the following ways:

1. Reduces the risk of recurrent UTIs

Dr Pruthviraj explains that the bacteria are often present in the urinary tract and around the vagina. Therefore, it is recommended to pee at least half an hour before and immediately after sex to remove the bacteria from the urinary tract and vagina, thus reducing the risk of UTIs. Additionally, one should clean the vagina from front to back to prevent the further spread of infection.

2. Lowers the chance of urinary incontinence

Having intercourse when one’s bladder is full can lead to an increased risk of urinary incontinence, a condition wherein the individual passes urine unintentionally. Hence, it is always better to pass urine before intercourse as well.

3. Ensures kidney health

Peeing after sex not only helps in removing germs from the urethra but also ensures kidney health. “If bacteria or germs are not flushed out of the urethra after intercourse, it can lead to infections like UTI. When left untreated, they can lead to health issues like kidney damage,” explains Dr Kosgi.

Experts stress that peeing after sex is recommended to prevent urinary tract infections, promote bladder health and reduce the risk of kidney infections and damage. However, if an individual is finding it difficult to urinate or experiences pain while urinating, they should consult a healthcare professional.

Takeaways

  • Women are more prone to infections like UTIs due to anatomical differences.
  • Experts say peeing after sex helps in flushing out the germs or bacteria from the urethra, which may otherwise cause UTIs.
  • Peeing after intercourse also promotes bladder health and ensures kidney health.

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