When your period and UTI hits at the same time

When your period and UTI hits at the same time

Medically Reviewed by Board Certified Urologist, Dr. Yana Barbalat.

It's that time of the month again. Aunt Flo has come to town and, along with her, another unfortunate visitor... a UTI. Having a UTI does not directly affect your period, but certain circumstances link UTIs and periods, such as hormonal imbalances, stress, sex, and hygiene. As 50–60% of women will experience a UTI in their lifetime, chances are they will experience one during their period. Luckily there are ways to curb your chance of getting a UTI during your period, but why is it that these two unwelcome guests tend to arrive at the same time?

Hormones

Estrogen can help keep UTIs at bay. "While UTIs are generally correlated with sexual activity, they tend to appear around your period," board-certified gynecologist Dr. Felice Gersh of Integrative Medical Group of Irvine explains to HelloGiggles. Vaginal estrogen is protective against UTIs and because it is at its lowest during the menstrual period, this may put a woman at an increased risk for an infection during that time.

Sex 

Sex is a known risk factor for UTIsSome women have more sex during their period because they are less concerned about getting pregnant. Unfortunately, the bacteria that cause a UTI that lives in the anus area can shift toward the urethra during sex. It can also aggravate your already sensitized urethra (due to your period), making it more open to bacterial infections.

Stress

It's no surprise that the pain and discomfort from your period can cause you stress. Stress can not only delay your period, but it can also lead to a UTI, as our bodies have a harder time fighting off infections when we're stressed. This is primarily because stress leads to high cortisol levels, which weakens our immune systems.

Pads and Tampons

When you have your period, you likely wear pads or tampons. These feminine care products can trap more heat and moisture than just underwear alone, especially if they aren't changed regularly. All of these factors promote bacterial growth, which increases your risk of getting a UTI.  

What Are Some Ways to Prevent a UTI During Your Period?

Change Your Feminine Care Products

Always change your pads and tampons regularly to prevent an infection. In particular, don't leave a tampon in for longer than four to six hours. On average, a pad can be worn overnight or for six hours during the day. Change it when it is full or saturated, or it starts to develop an odor.

Consider Buying the Right Feminine Care Product

Cotton, absorbable, chemical free, and breathable pads may help prevent UTIs in patients who are prone to infections during their menstrual period. If you do have a UTI, avoid using tampons, as they can worsen your symptoms.

Nannocare is a feminine care company that has innovated the pad industry by implementing Far Infrared technology developed to relieve menstrual discomfort. Utiva customers can check out Nannocare products and get a free trial here.

Urinate After Sex

Make sure to pee after doing the deed. This will help ensure that any bacteria that entered the urinary tract during sex is flushed out. 

Stay Calm 

Meditate. Breathe. Take time for yourself. Whatever it takes to ease your nerves, do it. You're worth it!

Stay Well Hydrated

Women lose fluid during their menstrual period. Studies have shown that drinking at least 1.5 L of water daily helps with UTI prevention. If you tend to get UTIs, it is very important to stay well hydrated. 

Drink a Glass of Water After Sexual Activity

"I tell all of my patients to drink a glass of water after sex. It usually forces them to go to the bathroom and pee in the middle of the night, which helps flush out any remaining bacteria in the urinary tract," says board certified urologist, Dr. Yanina Barbalat.

 

Utiva can help you prevent your next UTI 

All of Utiva's UTI products have been created to be the most effective products, recommended by doctors and trusted by medical professionals. All of our ingredients are sourced from North America at the highest quality and are vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO. We believe in only the best health care for everyone!

The 36mg PAC formulation of our Cranberry PACs Supplement is doctor recommended and backed by urology Guidelines. Utiva also has D-Mannose for extra protection against E. coli and Probiotic Power for urinary tract and gut health.

FAQ

Can I Use a Tampon With A UTI?

While tampons will not cause a UTI, they can cause flare-ups in UTI symptoms. If you suffer from frequent UTIs that commonly flare up during your period while you wear a tampon, try using a sanitary pad instead.

Can Antibiotics for UTI Affect Your Period?

Generally, antibiotics do not delay your period. However, stress, illness, age, and hormone changes can play a part in a delayed period. If your period is late and you are sexually active, take a home pregnancy test or visit your doctor. 

Can You Test For a UTI on Your Period? 

Unfortunately, at-home UTI tests such as Utiva's UTI Diagnostic Test Strips are not recommended for use due to traces of menses within the urine can produce a false positive WBC (Leukocyte) result. If you believe that you are suffering from a UTI during your period, please contact your doctor. 

To find out more about UTIs, visit www.utivahealth.com. Utiva Cranberry PACs supplements are clinically proven and medically recommended to be part of a safe, natural, drug-free daily regime to maintain a healthy urinary tract and protect against UTIs.

 


19 comments

  • Grace

    I’m having a uti right now after stupidly not changing my pads as regularly as I should because of having a mini depressive period and god there is so much discomfort that I’m not sleeping to night.What should I do if I have a uti at night and I’m not on a antibiotics?

  • Alexa Dsouza

    Im on my period right now and i think i also have a UTI. It came out of no where. I am not sexually active and I noticed it yesterday when i went to go pee at my band competition. Do you think the fact im on my period and ive been sweating from band workouts and practice and comp. that the build-up gave me a UTI. Im very good with my hygiene and this hurts a lot. What can i do? I have a date tonight and i dont want to get up every 2 minutes to go pee.

  • Amber

    @Carlie you need to do a whole course not just 2 days. A course can be up to 7 days depending how severe it is! Why you having sex with an UTI?! Crazy behaviour, it’ll just make it worse and possibly pass it on to your partner if condoms aren’t being worn. Even then you’re just aggravating it.

  • Alexandria

    So I have a UTI and out of nowhere after like 3 years I got my period and it was so embarrassing because a girl in my class noticed it before me and she said um excuse me to the teacher and said that I got my period so loud that the teacher in the next-door class room herd it. And now I don’t know what to do about my period and my UTI. Can you help me please?

  • len

    I’m having a period right now! And feel discomfort, because my butt and my lower abdomen really hurts when i urge to pee or even when I’m lying in bed. Also, my stomach bloated. Do i have UTI or any infections? I used to wash everyday and change my pads when it is full and i already drink a lot water, but the pain getting worse. Pls. give me some advices. Thank you..


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