Should I Pee After Masturbating?

Do I *need* to pee after masturbating? It depends.

Should I Pee After Masturbating?

Should I Pee After Masturbating?

Should I Pee After Masturbating?

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You’ve likely heard that peeing after sex can prevent a urinary tract infection (UTI). And if you deal with frequent UTIs that are caused by sexual activity, then you probably follow this advice. But, what about urinating after masturbation? If you’re sitting there asking yourself, “Should I pee after masturbating?”, then you’ve come to the right place. It turns out that the answer to that question varies based on your anatomy. 

To learn more about peeing after masturbation, we reached out to several healthcare providers who told us who should pee after masturbation, the reasons you might want to pee, as well as other precautions you should take to keep your body safe and healthy before, during, and after masturbation

Why pee after masturbating? 

If you’re confused about why one would need to pee after masturbation, OB/GYN Dr. Alyssa Dweck has a simple explanation: “Any sexual activity has the potential to drag bacteria from the anus/rectum (where bacteria naturally reside) towards the urethra and can cause a UTI.” 

What is UTI? 

A UTI is the result of unwanted bacteria in the urinary tract. Sometimes there is no specific cause, but sometimes bacteria can be introduced to the urinary tract through sexual activity, or the insertion of anything into the vagina like a diaphragm or sex toy. The reduction of estrogen that occurs during menopause can cause more frequent UTIs. Some people are more prone to UTIs because of anatomical differences such as a shorter than average urethra.  A weakened immune system can also make a person more susceptible to a UTI. It is possible for people with penises to get UTIs, but they are more common in people with vulvas since the urethra is shorter, providing a shorter distance for bacteria to travel. 

UTI symptoms include:

  • A persistent urge to urinate 
  • Urine with a strong odor 
  • Burning during urination
  • Cloudy or bloody urine
  • Pelvic pain 
  • Fever

If you think you have a UTI, see a healthcare provider as soon as possible. The first line of treatment is often prescribed antibiotics. 

For the specifics on exactly what happens and wherein those with vulvas, urologist Dr. Michael Ingber tells O.school, “The urethra is the tube that urine passes through. The opening of the urethra, called the urethral meatus, sits in an area called the vulvar vestibule. The vestibule is just under the clitoris, and provides the ‘gateway’ to the vaginal canal.” Due to its position and the friction that occurs during masturbation, it’s easy for bacteria to get trapped in the urethra. The same can happen during all other forms of sexual activity. 

Dr. Ingber adds that those with vulvas tend to have a short urethra that’s typically 4 centimeters long, making them prone to bacteria and consequently UTIs. 

UTIs aren’t as common for those with a penis since the urethra is about 3 to 4 times longer. That’s why it’s not as necessary for penis-owners to pee right after sexual activity. “Even if bacteria do enter the male urethra, it would take many hours for the bacteria to get into the bladder,” Dr. Ingber tells O.school. Since those with a penis would naturally urinate within the next few hours, this would not affect them.  

Aside from UTIs, Dr. Ingber adds that one might want to pee after masturbation because “after climax, there is a massive sympathetic nervous system discharge.” Not only does this cause one to orgasm — but it also leads to an oxytocin release that relaxes the body (and yes, the bladder). In other words, you might just have to pee because your body is feeling relaxed. 

Should I pee after masturbating? 

Urologist Dr. Lamia Gabal tells O.school. “After masturbation for [those with a penis], there is absolutely no reason for [them] to pee.” However, if you have a penis and cope with frequent UTIs, peeing after masturbation can help cleanse the urethra and prevent additional infections. (Not sure if this is you? Ask your healthcare provider.)

For people with vulvas, Dr. Ingber tells O.school. “In general, it's a good idea to urinate after masturbating.” OB/GYN Jessica Shepherd adds that this can be especially beneficial for those who cope with frequent UTIs because “urinating might mechanically cleanse the urethra (where you urinate from) and lessen the risk of infection.”

Dr. Gabal adds that it can also be a good idea for people with vulvas to urinate before and after any sort of penetrative sexual activity: “This washes out the urethra and can flush any bacteria that may have gotten in there from the normal vaginal flora.” 

Is there a reason why I shouldn’t pee after masturbating? 

No. Ultimately, there is no harm in peeing after masturbation. It can only help cleanse your urethra to prevent a UTI. 

Does peeing after masturbation prevent UTIs? 

Peeing after masturbation can help prevent UTIs, but will not 100 percent prevent UTIs. If you think you have a UTI, or cope with frequent UTIs, consult a healthcare provider immediately. 

Other precautions to take during masturbation: 

Peeing after masturbation isn’t the only precaution one should consider taking. “We always recommend cleaning any toys, vibrators, or other products which are used during [sex] and masturbation,” Dr. Ingber tells O.school. They also recommend that one has clean hands and trimmed nails since they “see plenty of patients who get cuts and scrapes incidentally during masturbation.”

When cleaning toys, Dr. Shepherd emphasizes that it’s important to follow the manufacturer's instructions because certain cleaning solutions may not be compatible with your toy’s composition. 

As for shared toys, Dr. Dweck states that condoms should be used. Dr. Shepherd adds that this is especially important because STIs can be transmitted through shared devices. There are plenty of resources to learn more about STI risks and testing.

Not sure what to do? 

If you experience discomfort during or after masturbation, be sure to mention it to your healthcare provider. If you think you have a UTI, you’ll need to talk to a healthcare provider about getting treatment. Untreated UTIs can lead to worse infections and there’s no reliable at-home treatment to prevent the worsening of symptoms.

Anna Gragert

Reviewed for Medical Accuracy

When Anna isn't trying to create a groundbreaking third-person bio for herself, she's working as a freelance writer, editor, and content strategist. She was previously the deputy editor at So Yummy and lifestyle editor at HelloGiggles, and has worked with publications such as Teen Vogue, Nylon, InStyle, Glamour, Bust, Catapult, and more.

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