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Why do women get uti infections

By Anonymous February 9, 2019 - 6:56am
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Hello, Anon!

Thank you for your question today.

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system (kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra). The most common UTIs occur mainly in women and affect the bladder and urethra. This type of UTI is usually caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli), a type of bacteria commonly found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. However, sometimes other bacteria are responsible.

The following can increase the likelihood of developing a UTI:
-sexual intercourse, especially if more frequent, intense, and with multiple or new partners
-not urinating after sex
-poor personal hygiene
-problems emptying the bladder completely
-some forms of contraception
-not wiping front to back after having a bowel movement
-suppressed immune system
-heavy use of antibiotics, which can disrupt the natural flora of the bowel and urinary tract


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