When there is a decline in the production of female hormones, the pH of the vagina tends to become more alkaline. After menopause the diversity of the vaginal micro biome is reduced. We experience a decrease in acid-producing bacteria as well as an increase in coli forms, increasing the risk of infection in the urinary tract.

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Due to the reduction of estrogen, include that the entrance of the vagina is retracted and the orifice by which we expel the urine is more exposed to irritation with the rub that occurs during the sexual relations. Our urinary organs also undergo changes with age and menopause. In fact, the urge to go to the bathroom more frequently urgencies and urinary incontinence or those involuntary releases occur in up to 35% of women over 60 years. Become a member of AARP today and gain access to exclusive benefits information and discounts.

When we have sexual intercourse, the rubbing or manipulation of the clitoris touching the urinary meatus facilitates the entrance of the bacteria of the exterior of the vagina towards the urethra and from there to the bladder causing the annoying cystitis, which can lead to a dangerous infection. However, you do not have to live on antibiotics or be afraid of a full sex life. But you should implement certain routines before and after your sexual activity to avoid these problems. Here are some recommendations for preventing urinary tract infections.

Drink half a liter of water 15 minutes before having sex. This way you will have enough liquid in the bladder to urinate after sexual activity. Wash your genitals or bathe before having sex. This reduces the amount of bacteria in the region. If possible, ask your partner to bathe before making love.

Try to avoid excessive manipulation of the clitoris. I know that most women achieve orgasm by clitoral stimulation. However, the recommendation to prevent recurrent urinary tract infections is to get to this point when you are very close to orgasm. It offers a longer preamble, as well as penetration that reduce the friction with the urinary. Some couples prefer the side position with the male in the back.

Go to the bathroom immediately after sexual activity. It is important that you urinate so that bacteria that could enter the distal part of the urethra come out with a powerful stream. That’s why I recommended you drink half a liter of water initially.

Bathe again or wash your genitals. Try to dry them with a completely clean towel or with toilet paper so that bacteria that may be in another part of your body do not reach your urinary. While the so-called menopause genitourinary syndrome can be treated with estrogen at the local level in the vagina these recommendations will substantially help prevent infections and allow you to have a full sex life.