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Let’s face it: Catheters and bladder issues don’t always make the foxiest bedfellows. Our friends at Coloplast explain why planning is sexy—so you can turn up the heat (not the UTIs).


This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to substitute for professional Medical advice and should not be interpreted to contain treatment recommendations. You should rely on the healthcare professional who knows your individual history for personal medical advice and diagnosis.


“I don’t know the question, but sex is definitely the answer,” said acclaimed Hollywood director Woody Allen.

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.


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 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:



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 and 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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  • JILL

    This is so relevant to everyone. On May 12,13,14 ReelWheels is presenting SEXY VOICES at 8pm each night with a fun exploration into SEX AND SEXUALITY with disabilities. Guess what?!! Our closing number is called “Wheel Love” written by one of the performers (well the whole play is written by the performers) but we are using Colostomy bags in the number and we are having so much fun swimming them around to the beat of the sexy song … and well, you just have to see it. I learned about this amazing production company HERE on SCI BC in their February newsletter!! I love the SCI BC connection. Thank you SCI BC for opening up an amazing avenue to discovery!! (you can find reelwheels on fb too.

  • Mohee

    As a person with SCI T12_L1 ,it is almost 31 years of using external catheter ( Condom) . Fortunately with good management I had no major UTI and just short terms sometimes once a year. For a reliable and sweet sex session you need some good management and cooperation . An able body partner no matter male or female is a great help for sexual course management . If you have a plan for sex it is better to avoid diuretic liquids and after that, compensate it . Plus all those mentioned , you need a self esteem to have a good experience . have a Hot Session .

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