If women had a pound for every time we were told to “pee after sex” or “drink cranberry juice” when we get urinary tract infections (UTIs), then we’d all be rolling in a massive pile of cash.
Twitter user @FloozyEsq chimed in to the “We need a Disney princess with…” conversation—that turned into a viral meme this week—with a comment that many women will relate to.
“We need a disney princess with chronic UTIs who goes to the doctor and the doctor tells her to always pee after sex and the princess says she’s already doing that and the doctors says well that’s all the advice I have,” she wrote.
We need a disney princess with chronic UTIs who goes to the doctor and the doctor tells her to always pee after sex and the princess says she’s already doing that and the doctor says well that’s all the advice I have
— dirtbag winemom (@floozyesq) March 28, 2018
Per the NHS, UTIs are “common infections that can affect the bladder, the kidneys and the tubes connected to them.” Anyone can get a UTI, but they happen to be “particularly common in women” and some women experience them regularly. This is because women have a “shorter urethra than men” so bacteria are “more likely to reach the bladder or kidneys” causing an infection.
UTIs can be painful, uncomfortable, and “can potentially cause serious problems if they’re allowed to spread.” The NHS website has a list of UTI prevention tips—one of which is urinating after sex—but it also notes that “you can’t always prevent UTIs.”
The tweet seems to have struck a chord with other women who’ve experienced the same thing. One woman tweeted that her doctor had told her to pee after sex before she had “even ever seen a penis.”
My doctor gave me the same advice before I had even ever seen a penis
— Chelsea Rodriguez (@chelsrodrigo) March 29, 2018
Another woman tweeted that she had just been to Urgent Care and had the very same conversation despite not having had sex in the past year.
Literally just went to Urgent Care today and had this convo 😩 I haven’t even had sex in over a year! Also recently made an appointment with a urologist who specializes in IC, since I’ve been getting chronic UTIs since I was 8 (I’m 20 😑) and every urologist is mystified
— Ailish Hyde (@AilishHyde) March 29, 2018
Some women shared some of their infuriating experiences of receiving advice like “drink cranberry juice.”
Per the NHS, “there is very little evidence that drinking cranberry juice or using probiotics reduces your chance of getting UTIs.”
Shout out to the multiple doctors who told me the solution was peeing immediately before AND after sex. Thanks, I’ll let my magic bladder know.
— Lindsay (@LinzS84) March 29, 2018
I’ve been dealing with mine since Jan. Water water water,…cranberry cranberry and pee &more water after sex. Sex. Really?
— ginamc (@ginamcrae1) March 29, 2018
One joker tweeted a rather excellent suggestion for the title of this UTI-suffering Disney princess’ movie: The Princess and the Pee.
Princess and the Pee, coming this fall.
— 🦄 Magz Skypewalker 🦄 (@Magzdilla2early) March 28, 2018
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