Helpful tips on intimacy

Helpful tips on intimacy

Some planning will help make for a more enjoyable experience

“I think sex is here to stay”, said the beloved comedian Groucho Marx (1890-1977). Even though you may agree and may really want to be sexually active, your worries about bladder issues might hold you back. There are a few extra precautions to take when you have bladder issues - both to avoid disturbing leaks of urine and to prevent urinary tract infections as an unwanted morning gift.

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Intermittent catheterization (IC) should rarely interfere with sexual activity if you make sure to catheterize and empty your bladder completely first.

What you may need to considerWhat you may need to consider,

is that IC does not always allow you to be completely spontaneous. This is because you should always take the time to empty your bladder before hitting the sheets.

Women are more likely to get urinary tract infections (UTI) and sexual activity can increase the risk because of the female anatomy. Even though the risk is higher for females, men can also get urinary tract infections– so these tips are relevant for both:

Precautions when you have sex

During intercourse your genital area will always be introduced to bacteria – either from yourself or from your partner. Follow these tips for before, during and after sex to limit the amount of bacteria:

Before sex:

You should always empty your bladder first. A full bladder contributes to the condition for bacteria to settle in the bladder begin to grow. Wash your genital area or shower to wash away bacteria.

During sex:

You may want to keep a water-soluble gel (lubricant) on hand to help decrease friction and stress on the tissue in the genital area, which may contribute to a urinary tract infection (UTI).Consider the type of birth control you may want to use.
The use of diaphragms and spermicides can sometimes cause irritation in the genital area, which may also promote UTIs.
For people who have frequent urinary tract infections related to sexual activity, speak to your healthcare provider about another form of birth control.

After sex:

Empty your bladder immediately after having sex, even though there is only a small amount of urine in your bladder to flush out potential bacteria. Drink 2-3 glasses of water and urinate when you have the urge to do so. The goal is to have a good steady stream of urine to wash any bacteria from the bladder.

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Intimacy is important in a relationship - find a way that fits both of your needs

Sex begins in your mind. A positive self-image is the first step to be able to enjoy sex. To feel that you are desirable even if your body has changed or the way you can have sex is different. Another important factor is openness towards your partner. Talking about your worries and allowing your partner to share his or her thoughts as well can help you relax when you’re together. Show or tell him or her what you like and don’t like.

The willingness to experiment makes you think less about what you can’t do and might even spice up your sex life. For some people changing to other positions can prevent urine leaks or pain.

People cope with their bladder issues when it comes to sex in different ways People cope with their bladder issues when it comes to sex in different ways including:  

- Laughing about it

- Having sex in the shower or bathtub.

- Connecting intimately in other ways like massage

- Padding the bed with sheets

- Avoiding sex

Did you know?

In general population the sexual response is different for men and women:

Women’s motivations for having sex are usually related to attraction, pleasure, affection, love, emotional closeness and reproduction. More commonly, sexual desire is triggered rather than spontaneous.

Men more often have sexual fantasies and thoughts about sex. Men also feel the urge to have sex more often than women. As you age, the difference in sexual response between women and men becomes less obvious.

These are general guidelines meant to help you with typical questions. You should follow the specific instructions provided by your healthcare provider and the intermittent catheterization solution you are using.

 

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