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Swollen urethra and vagina after sex. Burning sensation while I use the restroom, no odor nor discharge. Std? Uti? Reaction to condom?

Swollen urethra and vagina after sex. Burning sensation while I use the restroom, no odor nor discharge. Std? Uti? Reaction to condom?

See answer: Such symptoms could be caused by any of the above: UTI (usually burning with urination, urgency, frequency); std (gc, chlamydia most common), vaginitis (though usually associated with a discharge), or allergy to a contraceptive, spermicide, or lubricant. If symptoms occur right after sex within hours, allergy or trauma related to vigorous/prolonged sex most likely. If symptoms persist, see your md. ...Read more

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Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more


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Can you use a tampon if you have a uti?

Can you use a tampon if you have a uti?

Yes: You can use a tampon if you have a uti. However since the vagina is right next to the bladder, you might find the tampon is uncomfortable due to the infection in the bladder. If you are uncomfortable, use pads instead. ...Read more

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When you have a uti, should you use a tampon?

When you have a uti, should you use a tampon?

Does not matter: A urinary tract infection would not factor in the use of a tampon. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use a tampon with a uti?

Uti: It may be a bit uncomfortable but not dangerous. ...Read more

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Can I use a tampon while having a UTI ?

Yes: This should pose no increased risk to UTI progression, and should have no impact on treatment. ...Read more

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I got my period a day ago and I got the usual early UTI symptom of burning sensation today, is it better to use tampons and not pads in this case?

I got my period a day ago and I got the usual early UTI symptom of burning sensation today, is it better to use tampons and not pads in this case?

Urethra: Avoid irritating the urethra as this can cause urinary discomfort even without any infection being present. A urine culture and colony count is needed to accurately diagnose a uti. If your urethra appears to be irritated or inflamed, a tampon may aggravate the situation. ...Read more

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What should I expect at my first ob/gyn visit? I am a virgin but have had a few utis in the past, use tampons and am not on birth control.

What should I expect at my first ob/gyn visit? I am a virgin but have had a few utis in the past, use tampons and am not on birth control.

OBGYN visit: History taking, physical exam. I would think that pelvic exam would be redundant given you're not sexually active and 20 years old. If UTI is a concern, i suggest to get rid of the practice of using tampons. ...Read more

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Hi! I have UTI at the moment.I noticed there's pus coming out of my vagina and uretra. My period will come in 10 days, is it ok to use tampons?

Hi! I have UTI at the moment.I noticed there's pus coming out of my vagina and uretra. My period will come in 10 days, is it ok to use tampons?

STD?: UTI doesn't usually cause pus or other discharge from urethra or vagina. If you are sexually active, this sounds more like an STD such as gonorrhea or chlamydia. The treatment is very different for STDs versus UTI. Discuss with your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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My sister wanted to know if tampons could cause a uti?

My sister wanted to know if tampons could cause a uti?

Possible: Irritation or injury to the vagina or urethra caused by sexual intercourse, douching, tampons or feminine deodorants can give bacteria a chance to invade and cause UTI. ...Read more

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Is wearing a tampon while having a UTI going to make it worse?

Is wearing a tampon while having a UTI going to make it worse?

Shouldn't: The tampon would not have an impact on your uti. However if the tampon causes bladder obstruction, then it would be a problem. But, that is unlikely to happen. ...Read more

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I get uti's every month I have my period when I wear tampons but never when I wear pads. Why is that?

I get uti's every month I have my period when I wear tampons but never when I wear pads. Why is that?

Bladder not empty: When the tampons are in place it pushes up against the bladder and tube that empties(urethra) the bladder. When you are urinating on your period you are not emptying the bladder completely allowing residual urine to get infected over and over again. Use a Valsalva maneuver(hold your breath and push) at the end of voiding to allow the last few drops of urine to egress.(empty) and change tampons. ...Read more

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Urinary Tract Infections (Definition)

A urinary tract infection (often called UTI) is most commonly caused by bacteria and usually refers to an infection in the bladder. Not all bacteria that grows from the urine represents an infection, so the need for antibiotics is determined by your ...Read more