Peeing after sex is generally considered to be a good idea for both men and women. It helps to flush out bacteria that enters the vagina during penetration.
But some people experience pain and burning when they pee after sex. This is called dyspareunia and it can indicate a urinary tract infection or an STI like chlamydia.
A burning sensation when peeing after sex can have several causes, from something as simple as irritation of the skin around the tube where urine exits (the urethra) to more serious issues like an infection or a sexually transmitted disease. Ob-gyns tell POPSUGAR that painful urination after sex can be a sign of UTIs, STIs, vaginal dryness, and irritation from certain products like lubricants.
The most common cause of pain when you pee after sex is a urinary tract infection (UTI). A UTI occurs when bacteria enter the bladder and surrounding tissue, causing an inflammation that makes it sting or burn when you try to pee. Women get more UTIs than men because their urethras are shorter, but men can also get them because bacteria can travel up the penis and reach the bladder.
Men can also experience a burning sensation when they pee after sex because of a prostate problem, which is the gland that surrounds the urethra in men. A prostate infection can lead to a burning sensation when you pee because of an inflammatory reaction in the area.
Using a condom during sex can help to prevent infections and other symptoms that may arise after sex, including a burning sensation when you pee. It can also help to use a lubricant that doesn’t contain latex, which can be an irritant to the urethra.
Urinary tract infection
A urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when bacteria invades your body’s cells and multiply. Usually, this happens in the bladder and urethra, but it can also occur in your kidneys or the upper part of your ureters. UTIs are very common, especially in women. They account for more than 8.1 million visits to health care providers each year.
You can prevent getting a UTI by washing your hands frequently, using barrier protection during sex, and drinking plenty of water. It’s also important to urinate often, especially after sex. Frequent urination flushes away the bacteria in the bladder and urethra.
Most UTIs are caused by E coli, but other kinds of bacteria can cause them as well. Some people are prone to getting UTIs, including women who have shorter urethras, which make it easier for bacteria to enter the bladder. The condition is also more common in women who’ve gone through menopause, when their urethras change and lose the extra protection that estrogen provides.
You can help protect yourself from getting a UTI by washing your genital area after sex, and always using lubricant that contains spermicide. You should also drink plenty of water, preferably water, to flush the bacteria out of your system. It’s also a good idea to urinate before sexual activity, and within 15 minutes after.
Irritation of the urethra
Pain when you pee after sex occurs due to irritation of the urethra, which is the tube that takes urine out of the bladder. This can happen if you use lubricants that are too strong, or if you have an allergy to a condom or spermicide that is being used during sexual intercourse. A urinary tract infection can also cause the burning sensation when you pee.
The risk of UTIs increases during sexual activity because the opening of the urethra is close to the clitoris and vagina. Touching with fingers, mouths, or penises can transfer bacteria to the area and cause an infection. Using a vaginal lubricant and avoiding rough or prolonged sex can decrease the chance of infections. It is also important to talk openly with your sexual partner about sexual health and to use barrier methods of birth control, such as condoms and spermicides.
It is important to visit a doctor if you have pain or a burning sensation when you pee after sex. A medical professional will be able to diagnose the cause of the problem and prescribe antibiotics if necessary. A physician will also be able to determine whether a urinary tract infection is the cause of the painful urination or if it’s a different health issue that requires medical attention. Frequent urination after sex can also indicate an underlying health condition, so it’s important to see a doctor if this happens frequently.
Irritation of the vagina
The genital area can be itchy and irritated for many reasons. Often, this happens when you use certain products such as spermicides and lubricants. Sometimes, this is due to a sensitivity or allergy to the product and can be relieved by using another type of lubricant or changing your brand of spermicide. In addition, itching and irritation in the vulva can be caused by skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. These skin conditions can cause itching and redness of the vulva and may also be painful to pee.
Moreover, itching in the genital area can also be caused by a sexually transmitted disease (STI). These infections can affect the bladder or kidneys or both and may cause pain when peeing. STIs include herpes, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. The symptoms of these infections vary from person to person, but may include pain when peeing, vaginal discharge, and painful urination.
A burning sensation when you pee is not usually a sign of a serious problem, but it is important to see your doctor or healthcare provider as soon as possible. This is especially true if you have other symptoms, such as blood in the urine or pain when ejaculating. Symptoms such as these can be an indication of an infection that needs to be treated right away. The most common infection that causes pain when you pee is a urinary tract infection (UTI). A UTI occurs when bacteria enter the urethra and travel to the bladder, causing an infection.