When my friend asked me if it’s true that dildos can make you have a UTI, I couldn’t help but crack a smile. Yes, it’s possible, but it’s not a definite answer. As someone who’s had a few UTIs in the past, I can tell you that it’s definitely something to be mindful of when it comes to your sexual health. Here are the facts about dildos and UTIs.
First off, UTIs are caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract, usually through contact with something that carries bacteria like unwashed hands or toys. Dildos can become contaminated with bacteria just like any other object that comes in contact with your body. It’s really important to make sure that dildos are kept clean and hygienic to avoid introducing potentially harmful bacteria into your body.
The best way to avoid accidentally getting a UTI from a dildo is to make sure that your hands are clean and that the dildo is not shared with anyone else. Always use a new condom when using a dildo, and replace the condom in between uses. It’s also really important to use lube when using dildos to prevent any potential irritation or damage to the delicate tissue in the vagina. It’s also a good idea to wash the dildo with warm water and soap before and after each use.
Another way to reduce your risk of getting a UTI from a dildo is to use the right kind of dildo. Silicone dildos are non-porous and can be washed and disinfected easily with warm water and soap. Glass or metal dildos can also be sterilized with boiling water. Avoid using porous materials like rubber or jelly as these can be difficult to keep clean and are more likely to harbor bacteria.
Moreover, it’s important to note that UTI’s can be caused by lots of different factors, so it’s not always just down to the dildo – if you’re sexually active, you’re at a greater risk of developing a UTI. Always practice safe sex, drink lots of water and make sure that you only use biodegradable or organic lubricants for added protection.
On the whole, dildos can make you more prone to getting a UTI if they are not cleaned and used correctly. However, with the right precautions, you can still enjoy using a dildo without having to worry about getting a UTI.
What’s more is that you need to understand that not all materials are suitable for everyone and that allergies can be a contributing factor to UTIs. It is recommendable to do an allergy test on your skin or even just not risk it and try a different brand. Also, be aware that some lubricants can irritate your delicate parts and cause a build up of bacteria if you’re not washing it off thoroughly.
Furthermore, “different strokes for different folks” applies to pleasure objects. Pay attention to how your body processes the sensations and if something just isn’t quite right, don’t use it at all or don’t use it again. Talking to your doctor or pelvic health physical therapist can be really helpful in getting to know your own body and your preferences better.
Another tip is to experiment with different positions and motions in order to find the one that’s the most comfortable and pleasurable for you. Different angles of penetration and different depths can also make a world of difference. Also, be aware of any discomfort you may feel as that could be an indicator of possible infection.
Finally, it’s important to realise that our bodies and needs are constantly changing. It is up to us to check up on our intimate health and make sure we’re having the best and safest possible pleasure. As long as you use dildos with caution, clean them regularly and pay attention to how your body is feeling, you shouldn’t experience any worry-some UTIs.