Why Should You Pee After Sex?

You may have already heard this, but let us clear it out for you again, “Pee after every time you have sex.”[1]

The first question that must have struck your mind now is why? We know there are a lot of sexual myths that have been burst like a bubble, but this is not a myth, it’s a fact.

Don’t believe us? Consult any gynecologist, and they will tell you the same.

This is far more beneficial for women because peeing after sex plays a great deal in preventing the risk of developing a urinary tract infection.[2]

How to prevent UTI by peeing?

As discussed earlier, women are more prone to UTI than men.

But why?

First, the female genital anatomy makes it clear that the urethra is located close to the vagina and anus. Second, women have shorter urethra as compared to males.[3]

These factors make it easy for the bacteria to reach the bladder and eventually infect it.

Peeing after sex can help to flush out the bacteria far from the urethra.

As far as male is concerned, they don’t need to pee much. Why? Men have longer urethra. Also, as per male genital anatomy, the long urethra makes it nearly impossible for the bacteria to reach the urethra.

But does peeing really help to prevent the risk of developing UTI? No scientific studies have been made to support this claim. But it can surely be helpful.[4]

For one, peeing after sex is supposed to be helpful for men and women, especially for women who suffer from frequent outbreaks of the infection.

Benefits of peeing after sex

Needless to say, peeing after sex is extremely beneficial.

Whether or not you are suffering from UTI, penetrative or sexual intercourse can surely increase the risk of UTI.

The bacteria can pass from genitals to the urethra easily during the sexual process. Urethra connects the urethral opening to the bladder from where the urine comes out.[5]

Penetrative sex makes it easier for bacteria to get in the urethra and eventually bladder. If it isn’t treated immediately, this can also increase the risk of kidney damage.[6]

Peeing leads to the removal of bacteria, thereby preventing the risk of UTI.

Is it necessary for everyone?

Not really.

Women are more prone to UTIs; thus, peeing after sex can be a great help. But if you aren’t prone to UTI, you may not need to pee that much. Well, there’s nothing wrong, even if you pee.

For men, peeing after sex may not have much of an impact. Since the urethra is long, the bacteria will have to travel long distances to cause UTI.[7]

How soon should I pee?

Most people are under the impression that they should pee immediately after having sex, but we’ll that isn’t necessary. If you do think so, then you need to do more research.

However, it would be helpful if you peed 30 minutes within having sex. Thus, you have enough time to indulge in some romantic activities with your partner.

But if you are prone to UTI, it would be helpful if you peed right away. This lowers the risk of getting infected.

Peeing is not only beneficial for penile-vaginal sex.

You may be under the impression that penile-vaginal sex requires you to urinate. However, peeing is equally helpful for vaginal-vaginal sex. If you are using the toys, you will need to take special care of it.[8]

Anal sex is mostly done using condoms. In that case, it is necessary to avoid any complications to keep the infection at bay.

Should you urinate if you have penetrative sex?

If you are not having penetrative sex, you are on the safe side. You and your partner can fiddle with other parts, thereby helping to lower the risk of infection.[9]

But, just because you are not having penetrative sex does not mean you are at a lower risk. There’s an exception, and it comes with cunnilingus and oral sex. Oral sex around the clitoris will push the bacteria within your vagina in the urethral. Thus, it increases the risk of infection.[10]

Am I at a higher risk of STI and other infections?

Peeing after sex can help to lower UTI risk, but whether or not it can reduce the risk of STI is still unpredictable.

Peeing after sex leads to the removal of bacteria from the urethra. But, STI impacts the body in different ways.

The bacteria may affect and enter the body in different ways, but it won’t affect your absorption rate.

The best way to keep away the sexually transmitted infections is to use a condom while performing penetrative as well as oral sex. Also, you must consult the doctor from time to time. This eventually plays a vital role in being familiar with your condition.[11]

What if I want to get pregnant?

If you are trying to get pregnant, it is better to stay held in the position after reaching the climax. Once you have ejaculated, it is better to stay in the same position to reduce the chances of a failed pregnancy.

Staying in the same position allows the sperm to move towards the uterus easily. However, in some cases, it won’t matter whether you are in the same position or not, because sperm will eventually swim towards the uterus.[12]

However, there won’t be any chances of failed conception, even if you pee immediately. But, some couples are concerned about it. So, if you are really thoughtful and concerned, you may prefer to wait for a few minutes in the same position. Post that, you may prefer peeing.[13]

What if you can’t pee?

In most cases, the couples don’t feel the urge to pee. Most couples are often concerned that they don’t need to pee. However, if you don’t feel the need to pee, you may need to because it is pretty helpful.

If you feel you can’t pee, you may adopt different ways that can eventually be helpful. Some of the prominent tips that can help you pee are the following[14]

  • Drink More Water

If you drink more water, your bladder will get stretched. The more your bladder will stretch, the better will be the chances to pee. Drinking water after having sex can play an important role in stretching your bladder and increase the chances of peeing.

  • Sit on the toilet for a few extra minutes

If you sit on the toilet for a few extra minutes, it will ensure bladder relaxation, thereby helping to release all the contents.

  • Go for audio-visual cues

Watching or listening to running water can stimulate your bladder, thereby making it easier for you to pee.

Peeing after sex can be pretty helpful for lowering the risk of UTIs. However, not everyone can pee right after having sex, which is why it is necessary to stay hydrated. Regular visits to the bathroom and frequent exercises can help to lower the risk of UTI even more.

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