Colorado Springs, CO
A 19-year-old female asked:
Can holding in your urine really cause a uti? i thought urine was sterile.
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Yes. Good question: Urine is sterile, however bacteria are liable to travel up a female urethra, which is short, from within labia & area around urethral meatus (opening). Regular or frequent urination empies bladder of urine & unattached bacteria. This prevents utis in many women. However, bacteria have time to multiply & attach to bladder lining & cause UTI when subject holds urinating. Specially true after sex.
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