Ever since I started having sex I get urinary tract infections very frequently. Does that mean there could be something else wrong? – Mandy* If you have burning or pain with urination, it could be a number of things. One possibility is a urinary tract infection (UTI), but other possibilities include a sexually transmitted disease (STD), such as chlamydia, or just chemical irritation from a spermicide. It is difficult to tell the difference without seeing a doctor or nurse practitioner. Urinary tract infections tend to be more common in girls who have sex. Often, UTIs are the result of bacteria entering the urethra. Following these steps will help you to decrease the chance of developing UTIs: Don't touch your vagina with anything that has been in contact with your anus (this includes condoms, toilet paper, fingers, etc.). Do not go from anal to vaginal sex. Wipe front to back after going to the bathroom. Pee immediately before and after sex. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. STDs can have symptoms similar to those of a UTI. Depending on the organism causing it (and how your body reacts), you could have burning, vaginal discharge, abdominal pain, irregular bleeding, or other signs. Many times, though, STDs have few symptoms, which is why it is important for anyone who has had sex to be tested. And always use condoms with any type of sex to help prevent STDs. In any case, the best thing to do is get checked out ASAP by a doctor or nurse practitioner who can look for the reason you're having symptoms. It's really important to get the right diagnosis and treatment! *Names have been changed to protect user privacy. Back to Articles Related Articles Urinary Tract Infections A urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of the most common reasons that teens visit a doctor. Learn about the symptoms of UTIs, how they're treated, and more in this article. Read More STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) You've probably heard lots of discouraging news about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. Find out how to protect yourself. Read More Condoms Condoms may be a good birth control option for couples who are responsible enough to use one each time and people who want protection against STDs. Read More Hygiene Basics Puberty causes all kinds of changes in your body - and some may not make you feel very desirable. Read this article for information on dealing with greasy hair, perspiration, and body hair. Read More Kidneys and Urinary Tract The kidneys perform several functions that are essential to health, the most important of which are to filter blood and produce urine. Read More Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor. © 1995-2021 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.