Discuss STDs and sexual histories with new partners and use condoms during all sexual activities. A urinary tract infection UTI can occur in any part of the urinary tract, including the kidneys, the bladder, the ureters two tubes that connect the kidneys to the bladder , and the urethra the tube from which urine exits the body. Risk increases when a woman has sex with a new partner and when she has many sex partners. Women who are recovering from a urinary tract infection should wait until the infection has cleared and all antibiotics are taken before having sex again. When a woman first starts having sex, she's more likely to get a urinary tract infection. Any time a woman has sex, she's coming into contact with bacteria, and putting herself at risk for a UTI. Giphy If you have a UTI, your entire lady-part region probably hurts. That makes it quicker and easier for bacteria to infiltrate the bladder. Her urethra is close to her vagina and anus. Sex is a common cause of UTIs in women because sexual intercourse introduces bacteria into a woman's urinary tract. Bacteria transmitted through sex do not have far to go to reach the urethra. Clean your genital and anal areas before and after sex. And once in the urethra, they can quickly travel to the bladder. In addition, sexually-transmitted infections, such as herpes, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, can cause infection in the urethra urethritis. Urinary tract infections are quite common, and unfortunately, getting one puts you at a greater risk of having more in the future. You should probably wait to have sex until you feel better.