Urinary Tract Infection In Women Associated With Sex

Urinary Tract Infection In Women Associated With Sex

There is a strong correlation between women that are unhappy with their partner and increased UTI

Help With The Prevention of UTI

This article is for women and doctors who are willing to participate in a study to help other women prevent reoccurring urinary tract infections because of intercourse too soon.

As a clinical sexologist, marriage counselor, writer and researcher I hear from women everyday about continued urinary tract infections with partners where their bodies are not physically ready for sexual intercourse.

There is a strong correlation between women that are unhappy with their sex partner and increased UTI. This is also in conjunction with first time sex partners and increased UTI. UTI has always just been associated with new bacteria, but through research women may also be getting it from having pre-mature intercourse with a new partner.

Understanding The Female Body

A majority of women lack information on their own vulva and the process that it goes through to become ready for intercourse. The vulva includes the mons (top of the vulva), the clitoral hood and head, the inner lips, the outer lips, urethral opening and vaginal opening.

In the front of the vaginal opening is the urethral sponge also coined by Dr. Grafenberg the g-spot, unfortunately his description of this small area is incorrect. The area that I am referring to is a tube of tissue that surrounds the urethral canal. This area is located above the vaginal roof, along the mid-line, behind and under the arch of the pubic bone. This pad may be responsible for why some women get more urinary tract infections than others.

Unlikely as it may seem, there is still some clinical debates about where exactly this area exists and the true purpose of it, thus being part of on going research in hopes of helping women who suffer from chronic UTI problems.

Unfortunately the amount of research that goes into women's female problems is understudied, underfunded and until recent years was not given all that much attention too. The more we learn about women's sexuality, mind, body, and function can we begin to understand how to help women with sexual related problems.

The Importance of The Urethral SpongeProper arousal can decrease the chances of a UTI

The urethral sponge has several functions:
The first is to protect the urinary tract from invasion and infection. When the sponge is properly puffed, it cushions the sensitive urethra from the irritation that can be caused by intercourse. Inflamed tissue is more vulnerable to infection. The second function is when the sponge is engorged it narrows the urethral opening thereby decreasing the potential for invasion by microbes.


When a woman is not aroused then her urethral sponge will not be filled with liquid to protect the urethra from possibly getting inflamed, infected and resulting in a urinary tract infection. When a women is aroused the spongy tube will change consistency and swell, like any good erectile tissue should. When the sponge is properly aroused it will puff and not only be a protective barrier but a source of gratification during intercourse. With some women the sponge fills quickly and is fluffier than other women, the liquid that fills the sponge is also associated with some females who orgasm and liquid squirts from the vaginal opening. All women have the ability to do this, but by nature each women's body and levels of arousal are different as well. The one fact that is often overlooked is the time that it takes for a woman to get fully aroused enough for her to have intercourse. As studies continue to be published on women's sexual health one theory is that the fluid that comes from the urethral sponge is antimicrobial to prevent infections of the urinary system.

The urethral sponge when touched or rubbed before a woman is aroused can be irritating and in fact continued rubbing may make her feel as though she has to urinate. When a woman has reached a state of arousal and the tube puffs then the sponge can be extremely pleasurable to stimulate.

How Does a Woman Know When She is Aroused Enough To Have Intercourse?The workings of the vulva

Women and men often interpret that a woman is ready to have intercourse because she is lubricated, or better known as being "wet".


Yes increased vaginal lubrication is a sign of early arousal but not that her body is completely ready for intercourse. Many times a woman will not even know when she is ready to have intercourse because is so out of touch with her own body. One way to tell if a women is fully aroused is to notice that her vulva will be more swollen, puffy and open. As a woman's arousal heightens her vagina opening lengthens to allow for sex. The uterus is not a fixed organ, it rises and falls throughout the month depending on the woman's cycle. The uterus also moves during arousal forming more open space at the back of the vagina and pulling the cervix safely out of the way of potential battering. All of this inner working going on for a women can be equated with a man reaching a full erection.

Women in many ways do this on the inside, but because it is not front and center for women, it is more difficult to see what is going on. The best way for a women to really understand her own body is to take the time to explore her vulva, so that she can tell when she is ready for intercourse. Women are taught to please others and often times will rush into pleasing a man before understanding that she has to be mentally and physically ready to receive him inside of her.

This article was originally published at . Reprinted with permission from the author.