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There’s a reason bladder infections bear the nickname honeymoon cystitis; sex is one of the main culprits when it comes to developing a urinary tract infection. Everything is so close down there that harmful bacteria slide around and get into spots where they just shouldn’t be. Aside from emptying your bladder immediately after sex to clear any of the infection-inducing E. coli from your urethra, you can help prevent a UTI by cleaning up before getting busy. Catherine Cheng, MD, recommended to Whole Living that women shower “between a bowel movement and sex since E. coli can spread easily to the bladder.” A simple measure can save you from an icky infection, an expensive doctor’s visit, and a week on antibiotics that kill good bacteria along with the bad.

Since sex isn’t the only thing that can lead to a UTI, here are a few more tricks to prevent this painful infection.

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