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PSA: You Gotta Pee BEFORE And AFTER Sex

'Cause UTIs are no fun.
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One of the most common rules of sex is that you should always pee afterwards. Why? Because it prevents you from getting a urinary tract infection (UTI). It stops the bacteria that got to your vaginal area from going into your urethra. Unfortunately, women are more likely to get UTIs because we have a shorter urethra than men, but what's worse than getting a UTI is developing a bladder or kidney infection.


But what you probably don't know is that it's also advisable to pee before sex. Gynecologist Dr. Jessica Shepherd asserts that holding your pee during penetrative sex can increase your risk for UTIs and bladder spasms. True, halting foreplay isn't the sexiest way to go when things are getting steamy, but holding your pee, especially when you really have to go, can actually be quite harmful. 

And if you're worried about ruining the mood, sex therapist Dr. Kelly Wise puts things in perspective: "It's hard to focus on pleasure, connection, and fun if you have to pee. You want to eliminate as many distractions as possible to be as present as possible." Besides, if the guy you're planning on having sex with is worth your time and totally into you, a pee break won't turn him off (hell, a meteor heading for Earth probably won't, either). ;)

Source: Refinery 29

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