WHAT: Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
SYMPTOMS: Burning, frequent trips to the bathroom (#1), pain/ pressure in your low abdomen, off-color urine, + more
HOW: UTI’s are typically caused by bacteria that makes its way into the urinary tract one way or another.
Whether you’ve struggled with UTI’s for years or just hoping to avoid ever experiencing one, there are 5 big things that you can do to support your body in preventing one 👇🏼
1️⃣ Change out of sweaty underwear – If you find yourself staying in sweaty clothes for a post-workout smoothie date or you don’t have time to change before heading to the grocery store, let me remind you that bacteria LOVES dark, damp, warm places (aka your underwear after a workout). Always bring a change of underwear (and maybe a pair of pants if you’re about that #crotchsweat life – no shame, I’m part of the club) for post-workout shenanigans!
2️⃣ Pee + clean yourself up after sex – As soon as you can after intercourse, outercourse, or masturbation, clean yourself up! At a minimum, pee to clear the urinary tract + wipe away c*m/ saliva/ lubricant but ideally, hop in the shower. And yes, this needs to happen in between EVERY round.
3️⃣ Avoid crappy feminine products – Crappy lubes, scented douches, perfumes – whatever you think you need down there – you don’t. A vag is supposed to smell like a vag and those products mess with the pH which can lead to vulnerabilities to infection. If you’re dealing with an offensive odor, that is often times a sign of an infection so go get it checked out ASAP (and request your doctor does a swab to check and possibly bloodwork).
4️⃣ Birth control – IUD’s, cervical caps, diaphragms, + certain lubricated condoms can contribute to bacterial growth. Try switching things up!
5️⃣ Take a high quality probiotic – Take care of your intestinal system! The bacteria in your intestinal tract can cause UTI’s. Focus on gut health (I have lots of tips on that in previous posts + on my website). @uqora is a great option and their focus is specifically on UTI’s
🌸 Struggling with UTI’s? Shoot me a DM + let’s chat about it!
Calee Shea is a Holistic Health Practioner based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is your go-to gal for all things periods, vaginal health, and sex.