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    I was wondering if anyone can give me some tips on how to avoid getting a flare up after having sex. At the moment I would rather avoid sex so I don't have to put up with flare ups for 2 weeks later.

    I have read the thread on Jens tips which is fairly good, but what I don't know is what causes the flare ups, whether it is triggered by another UTI development or just penetration onto the bladder.


  • #2
    A lot of us can get a flare from intercourse by itself. It seems as if anything is near the urethra can cause inflammation and the thrusting can cause bladder pain if the bladder gets hit by the penis. There are a lot of positions you can try that keep the penis from going so deep into the vagina and that may help. Use lots of lube to decrease the friction on your vagina and urethra. If you are getting regular UTI's after sex ask your Uro if you can take an antibiotic like Macrobid prior to sex. I take one every time I have sex and so far, knock on wood, haven't had all the problems I used to have afterward.

    Good luck!

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    • #3
      Thanks Sandy,

      The urologist told me to take an antibiotic prior to sex, I then went back to my Doctor and she gave me a script for Cephalexin Capsules BP it contains cephalexin and monohydrate, it doesn't seem to do much. I have another appointment with the Urologist in April, so I might ask him to get me the name of another antibiotic so the doctor has a better idea next time.
      All the drug names in Aussie land are named differently to the American ones, but still should have the same contents.



      • #4
        Thanks Briza,

        I will print the regime link out and try to convert the names of some of the medications.
        I know we have Ibupofen (in Aussie Land), but haven't heard of Urelle, Uristat or Pyridium are they an over the counter drug? or do you have to get a prescription?

        Its mainly lower pain in the abdomen after, not actually in the vulva area at all.

        Sounds like the anti - inflamatory drugs could be good.



        • #5
          If you go to you will find a list of drugs which shows what they are called in other countries.

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          • #6
            Thank you Donna,

            Just what I needed.