Cloudy urine and sexual symptoms often go hand in hand due to the fact that they usually affect the same area of the body. Also cloudy urine is the body's response to most kinds of infection in the urinary tract system, which is also where sexually transmitted infections are to be found. Because of this, using cloudy urine as a means of detecting a possible sexual infection is now more common than ever, as people become better educated about sexually transmitted infections.
Cloudy urine is a very common side effect of recently having had sexual intercourse. The bodily fluids exchanged during sex are often expelled from the body shortly after during urination. The presence of vaginal fluid and ejaculate in the urine often causes it to have a cloudy appearance, although this is usually nothing to worry about. In these cases, the cloudy urine is only present shortly after sex, and after the next urination, will not be noticeable seen again.
The body's natural defense against bacteria and infection in the urinary tract system is that urination usually removes anything in its path. The pressure and frequency of the urine causes any foreign material in the tract to be pushed out, although if this fails to happen, then infection can ensue. Normally the urinary tract is a sterile area of the body, meaning that there are no bacteria present like there are in for example the anus.
Sudden increased sexual activity can often cause urinary tract infections, which in turn will cause cloudy urine. This is due to the fact that the urethra can often become irritated by more sexual contact than you are used to. This is particularly prevalent in women, although has been reported in men as well. The cloudy urine in these cases is caused by bacteria build up in the urethra, which is then expelled form the body during urination.
Urinary tract infections are the most common cause of cloudy urine, outside of temporary dietary causes. These can be caused by a variety of ways, although basically are caused when bacteria enters the urinary tract and can make its way into the bladder or kidney. In these cases, urination is often painful, and when it does come out, may be clouded with blood, bacteria or pus. Also passing urine may become difficult, and you might find that you feel the urge to urinate more regularly, although nothing will come out.
Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the world, and is thought to be currently affecting over 2 million people in the United States alone. The most common symptoms in men include inflammation of the urethra, discharge from the penis, pain when urinating and fever. However in woman, often there are no symptoms, although in some cases there is unusual bleeding, pain while urinating,painful sexual intercourse, or frequent urination urges.
Gonnorhea is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the world, and is known to cause cloudy urine as one of its main symptoms. Symptoms may include bleeding after intercourse, vaginal discharge, difficulty urinating and visibly infected urethral openings. Some people however, have asymptomatic infections where no symptoms are ever felt, and in effect the disease is dormant.
Several kinds of sexually transmitted diseases also have cloudy urine as a main symptom, and are often coupled with painful urination. Most of these diseases are not life threatening, although can cause infertility if left untreated for long enough. Most of these can be treated quickly and easily with a course of antibiotics, and can be easily identified by a doctor or sexual health clinic. If you suspect you have a sexually transmitted disease, then informing all recent sexual partners is essential, as is seeking medical treatment.
Many sexually transmitted infections tend to cause other urinary infections as a development of their own symptoms. For example pelvic inflammatory disease, prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate), Urethritis, can all be caused as byproducts of infections such as Chlamydia or gonnorhea. This is another reason why any sexually transmitted infections should be treated as quickly as possible.