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Can Gallstones Cause Urinary Tract Infections
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Can an ovarian cyst cause urinary tract infections? Have gotten a UTI two months in a row following growth and pain in ovarian cyst.
Intercourse: Many urinary tract infections in women occur after sex because the vaginal and rectal areas are so close to the urethra where women urinate from. Sex allows bacteria from these close areas to be spread toward the urethra. Urinating immediately after sex can decrease the number of infections. If they are still frequent, sometimes doctors will prescribe a medicine to take each time after sex.
Enlarged prostate: Prostatic enlargement can lead to progressive urethral + bladder neck obstruction leading to impaired bladder drainage + various degrees of urinary retention. Also can develop bladder diverticula (outpouchings) from increased voiding pressures in bladder, which do not empty with urination. Retained urine "stagnates" and is fertile ground for utis.See 1 more doctor answer
Your own bacteria: Urinary tract infections (UTI) come from bacteria already living on your perineal ("bottom") area. These "bad" bacteria that cause UTI are usually kept in check by other "good" bacteria living in the same area. Reasons women get infections are multifactorial (multiple reasons) including sexual activity, state of immune system, anatomy, bladder function, genetic predisposition, possibly diet, etc.See 1 more doctor answer
Basic concepts-: Normally, the human urinary system is designed to 1) flow one way (i.e. Out) and 2) completely empty the bladder. Disrupting forward flow can cause "back wash" of urine (with bacteria) into the urethra (eg. Chronic catheter use, wiping improperly); if urine is left standing in the bladder (like an enlarged prostate, weak bladder, anatomical problem), then bacteria can grow and cause infection.See 2 more doctor answers
Find a specialist: (urologist or urogynecologist) who is interested in evaluating women with this problem. Uti is not always sucessfully treated just with antibiotics and there are other causes of bladder symptoms besides urinary infection. Hope this helps.
Yes: It's common for a woman to get a urinary tract infection shortly after she begins having intercourse. The anatomy and physics send the bacteria up the urethra into the bladder. It's a wonderful time, and remembering to drink plenty of water and empty the bladder often may not fit so well with the mood -- but try to remember. Best wishes.
A urinary tract infection (often called UTI) is most commonly caused by bacteria and usually refers to an infection in the bladder. Not all bacteria that grows from the urine represents an infection, so the need for antibiotics is determined by your ...Read more
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