Question: Is it possible to get a UTI if you shave your pubic hair and you accidentally cut yourself?

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  • As far as I know, UTIs are mainly caused by disruptions to the bacteria inside your vagina, not on the outside of it, but Elisabeth can tell you that for sure! But if you cut yourself when shaving, the cut will be susceptible to infections just like any other wound on your skin. Definitely keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't start showing signs of infection.
  • I think it's amazingly cool that practically everything on (or in) our bodies serves a purpose. That's even true of pubic hair. The hair down there helps keep bacteria out of the urethra, vagina and urinary tract, so it does serve a purpose and helps keep you healthy. Shaving removes that hairy barrier and can let in bacteria in where you don't want it -- and a cut can be a perfect place for bacteria to find its way in -- though it's very unlikely to cause a UTI specifically. So if you do shave, be as careful as possible to avoid getting nicks or cuts. Generally speaking, there are many things you can do to keep yourself from getting a urinary tract infection (UTI): change pads and tampons often, always wipe from front to back and stay away from douches, which can change the natural balance in your body that helps fight off infection. Getting a UTI is no fun, so it makes sense to do what you can to avoid one.
  • A UTI, short for "urinary tract infection", means that bacteria has gotten into the urethra or bladder and caused an infection. It is extremely unlikely that this type of infection would be caused by a cut that you get while shaving your pubic hair. If you suspect that you have a UTI, it's important that you see a healthcare professional who can diagnose this condition and provide the proper treatment. Cuts that you get while shaving, assuming they are small, can be handled like any other small wound. Keep it clean and dry and watch for signs of infection and it should heal quickly.

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