Even though there are a lot of things that you should never do before intercourse, this is the most important one. If you used to go to the toilet to urinate before intercourse, you should avoid doing that now. It is best to go to the toilet to urinate after the intercourse.

Famous urologists give reasons why it is better to urinate after the intercourse than before it. The first one is that the risk of experiencing a urinary tract infection is bigger if we urinate before intercourse.

Urinary tract infections, also known as ‘honeymoon cysts’ are common health issue and are caused by vaginal bacteria that travel up the urethra and go in the bladder, where they multiply and cause infections.

Sexually active women are more likely to get them than men and they usually appear when the intensity of intercourse increases or when women do not urinate after the intercourse.

However, the habit if urinating after the intercourse is beneficial for eliminating vaginal bacteria, which can flush out the vaginal bacteria before they enter urethra and cause urinary tract infection.

David Kaufman, an urologist from New York, explains that urinating before intercourse is the main cause for post-coital infections of the urinary tract. To prevent urinary tract infections, it is essential to have solid stream after intercourse, as vaginal bacteria can be difficult to dislodge.

Mamta Mamik, a urogynecologist at the Mount Sinai Hospitals, claims that some women are more prone to urinary tract infections than other. Many people have risk factors that lead to urinary tract infections, like urinary tract abnormalities, diabetes or kidney stone.

Yu are prone to urinary tract infections if you experience two infections of the urinary tract in 6 months or three urinary tract infections within a year. However, it would be different if you go to the toilet to urinate 5 seconds to 30 minutes after the intercourse.

To prevent painful urinary tract infections, the key is to go to the bathroom. However, here is a simple protocol that you can follow:

• Drink plenty of water on a daily basis
• Urinate regularly during the day. Do not hold the urine for hours.
• Urinate before going to bed. To urinate twice is much better.
• Urinate 30 minutes after and before the intercourse.
• Drink natural cranberry juice without sugar.
• You should wear cotton underwear. Synthetic lining may trap moisture and cause bacteria.
• Consume Vitamin C.
• Avoid using soaps, sprays and douches that have irritated your skin before.

The most common symptoms of urinary tract infections are burning sensation or pain, chills or fever, pink urine (from blood), lower back pain. If you notice these symptoms, make sure you consult a doctor.

The factors that lead to infections of the urinary tract are numerous. Nevertheless, urinating after the intercourse significantly reduces the risk. If you go to the toilet to urinate before the intercourse, make sure you drink plenty of water, so that you can urinate again after the intercourse.

Whether after intercourse or during the day, holding the urine in the bladder increases bacteria and worsens Urinary tract infection.