Part of being a woman is having to deal with getting your period. It’s just a fact of life. It can be especially frustrating to deal with when you have other things going on. Having a UTI and your period at the same time can be especially miserable.
On average, a woman will have more than 400 periods in her life–pretty crazy when you think about it like that! But did you know that UTIs are also something that women frequently have to deal with?
Yup! In fact, studies are saying that UTIs are the most common infection that women get. Over 8 million women are diagnosed every year with this female problem!
While both of these stats seem overwhelming, it should hopefully provide a sense of comfort that you are not alone. But this does bring us to an interesting conundrum. With these two facts combined together, there is a very likely chance that many women will have a UTI and their period at the same time.
What’s a girl to do in this situation? Well, we’ve compiled all the information, tips, and tricks to help.
What is a UTI?
UTIs are nothing to be ashamed of. There are so many variables that can cause you to develop one. In short, a UTI stands for Urinary Tract Infection. The name itself is quite self-explanatory, and it develops when there is bacteria that attaches to the urinary tract walls.
Here are some of the top causes for developing a UTI:
Having sex: While having sex is something we believe everyone should enjoy, too much of it or doing it for the first time can lead to developing a UTI. This is because the heat caused from sex can cause an imbalance of bacteria. The risk increases even more if you try new things like having sex in water. That is why it is recommended to always go pee after you have sex to get any bacteria out of your urinary tract!
Being dehydrated: Seriously, drink that water ladies! Staying hydrated is so essential to keep our urinary system healthy. When our pee is not healthy, that can also lead to developing a UTI. You can tell if you are dehydrated if your pee is dark yellow—so the clearer the color, the better hydrated you are!
How you wipe: This can have a big impact on bacteria getting stuck in your vagina and urinary tract. That is why common practice is to always wipe front to back to ensure that all the bad stuff that could cause a UTI gets wiped away from your vaginal area.
Your feminine hygiene: Especially when you are on your period, the overexposure to tampons and pads can cause bacteria to reach your urinary tract. That is why it is so important to take extra care of your feminine hygiene during your period so that there is less risk of a UTI developing as a result.
Why does it impact my period?
Having a UTI can result in going to the bathroom to be very painful! In fact, a burning sensation when you pee is one of the most common symptoms of a UTI. But the good news is that having a UTI should not cause any direct impacts towards your standard period cycle.
However, your period cycle and habits of how you care for feminine hygiene during that time can have a direct impact on your risk of getting a UTI.
Here are some big players that have extra court-time during your period that can also affect your likelihood of getting a UTI:
Feminine Hygiene Products
The types of tampons and pads you use, along with how long you use them for, can have a direct impact on the type of bacterial growth you can get in your vaginal area.
That is why you should be really attentive to the type of tampons and pads you use on your next period—this means ladies, that cheaper is not always better! Go for quality products and make sure to swap them out frequently so that you don’t increase your risk of developing bad bacteria that could lead to a UTI!
Feminine Washes and Cleanses
There is also a range of feminine hygiene cleansers you can use as part of your daily routine to prevent UTIs from forming. Using gentle cleansers and unscented soaps is recommended. Regular body washes are often too harsh for your lady bits, and can cause UTIs too.
Our pride and joy in this realm is our VeeGentle pH Balanced Wash. It’s made with natural ingredients picked specifically to help keep your Vee clean and fresh.
This one may sound obvious, but being extra sensible when having sex is always recommended. This is especially true when you are on your period.
This means that while you can have sex on your period, make sure to take some extra precautions. Sex during your period can cause bacteria to spread more easily. Since your vagina and urethra are neighbors, your UTI risk increases during this time.
While your UTI won’t directly cause your period cycle to be late or irregular, one thing that both UTIs and irregular period cycles are triggered by are your stress levels.
So, ladies, it is important to remain calm and look after your wellbeing! Sign up for that yin yoga class, drink those turmeric lattes. Do whatever it takes to stay healthy and happy.
Stress can take a huge toll on your immune system, so do what you can for self-care–your Vee will thank you!
What can I do for my UTI?
First and foremost, if you do develop a UTI—don’t panic! There are a number of ways to deal with UTIs even when on your period.
So if you are having symptoms of a UTI, such as having pain when going pee, make sure to contact your doctor! Getting in touch with them sooner rather than later is the best thing you can do. It will help prevent the UTI from getting worse and further disrupting your life.
Focus on what you can control such as drinking lots of water, eating a well-balanced diet, and washing thoroughly. Additionally, taking a urinary tract-supporting supplement is an easy way to support your UT health.
Our VeeTract Urinary Tract and Bladder Support Supplements were specifically designed to help flush impurities from and help maintain your UT! With D-Mannose and hibiscus working quickly and effectively together, you can start combating UTIs as soon as you feel that familiar discomfort when peeing!
You’ve got this ladies! We are here for you and want you to know that there is plenty you can do if you have a UTI on your period. Both are things that millions of women around the world have experienced and gone through. Both are something you too can not only manage, but tackle head-on!
Talking about UTIs and periods is one of the most empowering things we women can do. It reminds us we are not alone. There are plenty of great solutions to help you cope with the situation. It is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about.
Sarah Nelson is a nurse with 15 years of experience working with a variety of patients. She has a Masters of Science in Nursing and has spent a large portion of her career working exclusively with women in an OB/GYN setting.
Nursing is a passion for Sarah but she also enjoys writing and sharing her expertise online with people who need helpful information. Treating patients well and helping them learn more about their own bodies is a key essential to a healthy lifestyle that Sarah truly believes in.