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The urethral opening on women’s bodies in right in the middle of all the juicy business that happens during sex. According to Sheri Winston in her book, Women’s Anatomy of Arousal, the more aroused we are, the more the erectile tissue around the urethra expands, thus closing up the urethral opening and protecting it from bacteria entering.
Nonetheless, many of us still struggle with bacteria entering the urethra which can lead to infection. And for many of us, getting off the cycle of antibiotics as a solution is a priority. I try my best to avoid taking prescription anti-biotics. It seems to me that it makes things worse over time by throwing off my bacteria balance (in my stomach and urinary tract). I also have the sense that it makes my body even more inclined towards future infections. I worry about the degradation of my good bacteria through the overuse of antibiotics as well as the reliance on an outside treatment rather than encouraging my body to figure out how to overcome this recurring problem.
Unfortunately so many women feel so anxious by the whole process, in part because there’s so little information available about DIY or at home treatment protocols. Additionally, I believe that many male doctors don’t understand the ongoing suffering and don’t know how to offer empowering alternatives.
Preventing and treating bacteria in the urethra at home is definitely a worth endeavor. As with everything, use your own judgement. Heads up….this is not medical advice. Just trying to empower women with a little supplemental, at-home, preventative knowledge. Use your common sense and innate body knowledge. And if it gets severe, see a doctor.
I’ve written this protocol down for friends so many times that I’ve made it available publicly. This article primarily focuses on solutions for cis-women who are having sex with male-bodied people although it can also apply to cis-women having sex with anyone or anything.
I’ve come to realize that saliva, mine or my intimate partner’s is the worse possible culprit for that tingly feeling that comes with bacteria in my urethra and urinary tract. Sex without the saliva is not usually a trigger for me but as soon as saliva gets into the picture, the reaction is almost immediate. Recently, I’ve been willing to forgo oral sex so that I can enjoy all the other kinds of sex with less anxiety and less risk of infection. One thing to try is to have your partner swish around some MMS in their mouth before oral sex which will reduce the bacteria count. Also, make sure to have accessible, fun, and easy to use lube around so that you are not tempted to use saliva in your genital region. The best lube for this is ozonated coconut oil (if you wan to use this company, you can use the code RECLAIM to get 15% off your order of $25 or more) which has an oxidizing effect and therefore helps with bacterial overgrowth.
This may or may not be an issue for you. It’s worth spending some time considering what might be your specific triggers. Keep track in your mind or in a journal and consider adjusting your practices to minimize the risk of a UTI.
The earlier you can detect an imbalance in the urethra, the better. My early warning signs are a tingling up the inside of my leg and a slight pain sensation in the inner heal, just under the ankle bone. These spots correspond with the meridians associated with the bladder. As soon as I feel these sensations I go into action. UTI’s are soooo much easier to kick out early on. Other early warning signs including an unpleasant sensation in the urethra, burning feeling when you pee, or cloudy urine. Get good at noticing very subtle symptoms. Do not ignore then. If you jump right on these steps, you could avoid more serious steps later.
If you can set up these protocols with your sex partner way ahead of time and get into the habit and practice of them, it won’t take away the in-the-moment spontaneity and fun. These practices can become things you do for self and other care. Do as many of these as you feel comfortable with and see if it changes anything.
Most people don’t think to treat a UTI on the outside. But from my perspective that’s the best place to treat it. That’s where it begins and that’s where I try to nip it in the bud. I believe this is the most important approach to preventing a UTI.
According to Chinese medicine, chronic urinary tract irritations are a sign of low vitality and overall “kidney” deficiencies. Since kidney energy is the source of our wellbeing, sexual vitality, and longevity, framed in this way, if we have chronic urinary infections it might be pointing to a deeper issue of deficiency. Acupuncture treatments can be very effective at preventing UTI’s as well as reversing them. It’s a powerful remedy. If you have chronic infections consider a series of acupuncture sessions to build strength in this area of the body. If you find a community acupuncture clinic near you, this can be an affordable way towards reproductive wellness.
This is a very easy and cheap experiment. Here’s the logic: UTI’s come from irritation and bacteria externally on the urethra, right? Well why not protect and heal the urethra externally, right? I’ve tried all kinds of things on the urethra but most of them either sting, irritate, or don’t work. What I discovered is that if I put a bit of clay powder (I like this one but I’m sure any good-quality, pure, dry clay will do), it absorbs moisture, protects the urethra from more bacteria (because it has anti-bacterial properties) and sort of “seals” and sooths the area with its magical properties. Voilà – all sorts of solutions in one simple package.
There are two ways to apply the clay. 1. Lay back on the bed, spread open the labia and drop ½ teaspoon right on the urethra. Close the legs and the moisture and closure keeps it in there. 2. Put a little mound of clay on the tip of the finger, spread the labia with the other hand, and try to hit a bulls eye on the urethra. You’ve got to know where the urethra is though. It’s right above the vaginal opening and below the clit. Feel around with some clay on your finger and you’ll find it. It’s the most sensitive thing down there. And if it’s infected, you’ll doubly know. Or look at some pictures or in a hand mirror.
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MMS is currently extremely controversial. Take this information if you desire. Do your own research. I have personally found MMS to be a miracle. I cured myself of Lyme disease using this and now I experiment with it a bunch. Be mindful as it is very harsh. Please do your research to learn more about it. I buy here but there are lots of options. Look around online. There is no affiliate link with this because it’s super cheap and more of the “people’s medicine.” In order to avoid persecution the folks who sell it are all churches and the MMS is their sacrament. You’ll need to register before buying and pay a membership fee. Worth it.