There are very few unpleasant things in the world that I would associate with a honeymoon. Actually, there are none. Except for something I came across recently. There is something called 'honeymoon cystitis' and it is pretty gross.
Even if you haven't heard of it, if you're sexually active, you've suffered the symptoms once at least. Honeymoon cystitis is just another name for urinary tract infections or UTI. And don't be fooled by the name, you don't have to be married to get one.
While not all UTIs can be transmitted by sex, having sex can definitely increase the risk of getting an infection, especially for women. Why women, you ask? Easy! While having penetrative sex, the penis can push in the UTI-causing bacteria into the urethra where it does not have to travel much to the bladder. But for men, the urethra is much longer, so it is usually flushed out of the body before it can make the trip. This is why women are at a higher risk of contracting UTIs than men are.
While there is no clear reasoning behind this creative name for UTIs, our logic is that since you end up having a lot of sex on your honeymoon, or during the honeymoon stage of your relationship, that's when you are more prone to getting these infections. Maybe, that's why the name!
Also, as scary as the name may sound, UTIs are fairly easy to treat. One of the best ways to treat it is to pee immediately after sex. As mentioned before, peeing can flush out the bacteria from the urethra, preventing an infection. While a course of antibiotics can easily take care of the infection, there are a few things you can do at home as well if you have a UTI. Drink a lot of fluids - cranberry juice is advisable, alcohol not so much, increasing Vitamin C intake and not holding your pee for too long are some of the remedies.
Have a safe sex session, and honeymoon, and don't let the UTI get you down!
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