Hey Everyone! I'm back again, this time with a 2nd round of UTI barely a week after I finished the previous round of antibiotics. And again, induced by that lovely thing known as sex.
You can see my original post here: http://vaginapagina.womanorium.com/20735234.html
Despite my attempts to pee before/after sex, drink more water, take cranberry supplements, take probiotics, and clean up after sex, I STILL got another UTI. D:
So to make a long story short, I caved and told my dad (I'm 22 btw) who's a gyno that i've been having recurring UTIs, making this the 4th round I've had in 4 months, and that I was at a lost at what to do. I didn't want to before out of sheer embarrassment and that awkward moment when dad finds out, but luckily he was really cool about it. I got more antibiotics (Cipro this time, not macrobid), and I also got extra ones to take after sex. So now I'll be taking antibiotics after sex.
I do have a couple questions concerning this daily regimen. Antibiotics can reduce the effective of HBC correct? So I would need to use a condom every time I have sex now because of the antibiotics?
Because of this realization, I am now leaning towards a new form of birth control (Don't mind condoms, but would like it without), so I've been looking into a copper IUD. I was already looking into it before since my current HBC is giving me mild breakouts on my face (I usually have very clear skin until i started orthotricylen lo), but it was such a minor side effect, I figured I would suck it up and be better about washing my face. I'm also a little scared of hormones in general since the first HBC I tried was Nuvaring. That worked out great until about month 3, where I suddenly become irrational, thought i was gonna die, had minor panic attacks, etc. when I have never been so paranoid/concerned about me dying due to health reasons before.
So I guess my main questions are that, do I need to use condoms now since I'll be taking antibiotics after sex? And if I decide switch to the copper IUD, how are people's experiences with it? I'm mostly concerned about the heavy bleeding/cramping that can occur with periods. I don't really cramp too much regularly, even off HBC, so it's not something I would like to deal with.
Thanks for all the help and comments! I love this community, and think that it has significantly help me reduce my freakout sessions. c: