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Why Does It Burn When I Pee After Sex?

Here's Why It Might Hurt When You Pee After You Have Sex

Do you notice a burning sensation or general pain when you pee after you have sex? Our friends at YourTango share their story.

Because it hurts like $@*&!

If no one has ever told you before, here's a little secret: It's a not only a good idea to pee just after having sex, it's a great idea.

If you're used to heading for the ladies room before sex, save yourself the trip. Not only is it unnecessary, there's a good chance you shouldn't because it could cause some trouble. Recent research states you don't have to pee before sex, anymore.

In fact, some doctors speculate that peeing before sex is the No. 1 contributing factor to bacteria entering the woman's ureter during sex and the leading cause of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in women.

So, how can something that feels so good make you hurt so bad right after?

Really, is there nothing worse than ending a romantic or rough sex session than a rushing off to the hospital or calling your gynecologist writhing in pain. Not to mention how awkward it makes you and your partner feel when things don't end well.

The reason this happens to you (and not your male sweetie) is because the same reason that things fit so nicely together is because the designs are different. The way a woman's vagina, ureter, and clitoris are shaped and placed make it vulnerable when exposed and things are moving around between the sheets.

If you've never experienced it hurting when you pee after sex, consider yourself lucky. There are some women who do experience a burning sensation when peeing after sex. Although not all women will have some type of serious health issue that requires medical treatment, 1 in 5 will.

Although some women experience a painful sensation when peeing immediately after intercourse, others might not feel it until days later. The only way to know the root cause or reason why is to ask a medical health professional.

What causes a woman to experience pain and burning when peeing after sex? Lots of factors come into play as to how bacteria gets in places where it doesn't belong. Here are some of them:

1. Urethritis — Not to be confused with a UTI, even though the sensation feels the same, urethritis is an inflammation of the urethra is caused when bacteria enters it. Sometimes the bacteria are related to a sexually transmitted infection but sometimes non-bacterial UTIs are the culprit. Either way, without treatment, this cause will make it hurt to pee after sex and even longer. If ignored, it will worsen. The burning may happen a few days after sexual intercourse since enough time has passed for the bacteria to build up in the body. This condition is often taken care of with antibiotics and won't improve on its own.

2. Bladder infection aka urinary tract infection — As mentioned before UTIs are common among women. You may even feel a little tenderness in the back around the area of your kidneys and when you go to pee it hurts more each time. Often a woman will not only feel like it hurts when she has to pee, but she will often feel a need to pee more but for no reason. There are over the counter medicines to help make the burn go away, but you definitely will need to see a doctor. Antibiotics are the most common treatment for UTIs.

3. Sexually transmitted infection or disease — Sometimes it will hurt to pee and the reason simply is because of a sexually transmitted infection. Some STDs take the time to reveal their presence days later. Some STIs that cause you to hurt when peeing after sex a few days to a few weeks later include:

If you didn't feel any pain after peeing the night you had sex, but experience it now and there's any usual discharge or scent, be sure to not neglect your body.

4. Improper technique — Sometimes things can get a little freaky in the bedroom, but there is a definite order of operations to honor when exchanging body fluids with your partner and how to have sex so you're both comfortable.

  • As a rule, always remember to set the rules before any sexual activity takes place.
  • For example, let your partner know you want to enjoy the moment and have safe sex at the same time.
  • That means your partner is not allowed to go from anal sex to vaginal sex without a clean transition between penetrations.
  • Also, if your partner hasn't been tested for STDs, no matter how much you really want to believe things are STD-free, better to play it safe and use a condom.

5. Imbalanced hormones — Sometimes it's merely a coincidence that it hurt to pee after having sex, but really one situation has nothing to do with the other. Imbalanced hormones can cause traces of blood to cross paths wih the urine stream, or vaginal dryness. If you already know your hormones are changing, or you recently had a child, hormonal changes can be the cause.

6. Blood in the urine from the kidneys — Sometimes a UTI starts and then things seem to clear but there's actually a hidden danger in your kidneys. The reason it hurts to pee when you have a kidney infection is because blood is passing through your body in your urine. If it hurts to pee after sex and things seem to clear up later, but you still are uncomfortable, this could be the cause.

7. Not enough lubricant during sexual intercourse — Depending on the time sexual intercourse takes place, the attraction between partners, stress in life, or the reproductive stage a woman is in at the time, natural lubrication may not be enough to avoid small scratches and tears from friction around the clitoris, vaginal opening, and the sensitive skin around that area. The end result is that it can hurt to pee immediately and for a few days after intercourse. If you notice that the discomfort seems to go away a little more each day, then there's a possibility this could be the reason. If you're a perimenopausal or postmenopausal woman, and this happens with any frequency, be sure to bring it up with your gynecologist on your next visit, or give the doctor's office a call to find out what to do.

The most important thing to remember is that if it hurts, stop. Pain is always a sign that you need to pay attention to your body. Don't be embarrassed. Take the time to take care of you.

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