Post # 1
FI and I are getting married in 2 weeks, and we’ve been waiting to have sex till we’re married. I’ve heard a lot of advice to use cranberry juice/tablets, drink lots of water, and pee after sex to prevent UTIs.
Does any of that actually help? I have 100% cranberry juice (with no sugar), tablets, and am planning to pee after sex, but is that actually going to do anything? My gyno told me that cranberry anything could or could not help, but that peeing is best. What’s been your experience? Help me out bees… this is all new to me!
Post # 3
I always go to the bathroom after sex. It’s worked for me thus far. 🙂
Post # 4
Peeing after sex is the best thing, plus for me it’s nice to get up and get cleaned up afterward. I wouldn’t worry about drinking cranberry juice for the rest of your life, I have only really had that to drink when I was getting UTIs often.
Post # 5
Peeing after sex definitely works. I never drink cranberry juice on a regular basis, but if I feel an infection coming on I drink a lot of it and it definitely helps!
Post # 6
I just pee after. I used to get chronic UTIs because of a different health problem, and cranberry anything did nothing for me, but some people swear by it. I think the cranberry thing works differently for every person.
Post # 7
There are pills that contain cranberry extract that you can take that will do the same thing. I don’t know how it works preventatively, but I have gotten many UTI’s and was able to get over it by simply drinking cranberry juice, it definitely works!
Post # 8
Just pee. I tried cranberry juice a few years ago for a UTI but all it made me do was pee more. I don’t think it actually helped.
Post # 9
Agree with pp’s, pee, and I would say the cranberry depends on the person, but since your waiting I would say the cranberry is worth the shot, you do not want to have a UTI on your honeymoon!
Post # 10
I’ve had 2 UTI’s…. very unpleasant. Both times I didn’t pee afterwards. So now, no matter how relaxed I am after, I always get up to go, even if I don’t really need to, getting that tiny bit out helps. Also, go before too, you don’t want to have a full bladder. If you get one, you’ll be given an antibiotic for a few days to help it go away. Neither one was anywhere close to my first time and we’re going on ten years of inimate acts (crazy!). I’ve never tried it, but Uristat is supposed to help alleviate the symptoms. You could always see if your doctor will give you an antibiotic just in case.
Other words of advice… make sure that whatever bit of him is touching you is clean and no going back to front without washing first.
Post # 11
Definitely pee afterwards! Typically cranberry juice is used to clean you out once you have a UTI. You should be ok though if you pee afterward and clean up yourself! Have fun 🙂
Post # 12
Agree with PPs, just pee before and afterwards. The cranberry only comes into play if you begin to feel a UTI coming on. And it will help a little but you will still need to go to the doc if you really have a UTI. Uristat is very good for making you more comfortable until you can get to the Dr. I used to get a lot of UTIs but I’ve been good since I have been sure to pee before and after. I also clean up with a washcloth pretty soon after. Wipe from the vagina forward and from the anus back. Keep the two areas separate. On times that I have fallen asleep right after without peeing, I drank cranberry and lots of water to flush my system just as a precaution and I’ve been good.
Don’t worry, enjoy yourself. Just empty your bladder before and after.
Post # 13
Certain women are more predisposed to getting UTIs due to their anatomy and (as far as I know) there’s really no way of knowing until it becomes an issue. Pee immediately after, every time. A dose of cranberry each day can also help because it helps to regulate your body’s pH and make it less-hospitable for bacteria to live there. If you start to feel one coming on (constant sensation to having to pee, burning when peeing), drink as much water as possible. If it persists, you will need to see a doctor for antibiotics (usually there’s no physical exam, they can prescribe based on your description of symptoms). Good luck!
Post # 14
I know mine is a rare and unfortunate case, but cranberries can backfire for some people. After having urinary problems for years, I was diagnosed with IC – chronic inflammation and ulceration of the bladder. Because it is not caused by bacteria (it is a known disease with no known cause and no proven cure) , antibiotics don’t work. And guess what else I found out? That I’m not supposed to eat or drink anything acidic, and the cranberry juice I used to drink every weekend is the #1 forbidden thing on my diet list because it makes the urine highly acidic. Apparantly everytime I drank it, I was basically pouring acid over my poor bleeding bladder. I know 99.9% of people won’t have this problem, but wanted to throw it out there since I relied on the magic of cranberry for years and paid for it.
Post # 15
The only time I ever have cranberry juice is if I start to feel like a UTI is coming. I really agree with the above posters, pee before, pee after. Makes sex a little less sexy, perhaps, but a UTI can be super uncomfortable and much less sexy. :-/
Post # 16
just pee after everytime and you’ll be fine. I am prone to them. if you are really nervous 100% cranberry juice works not the cocktail, but its nasty. I would recomend taking the cranberry supplements with you just in case. it doesn’t hurt to drink a lot of water in general.