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Why Are Females More Prone To Urinary Tract Infections V Males
Anatomy.: The urethra is the tube that connects the bladder to the exterior of the body. Women have a shorter urethra than males, so bacteria have easier access to the bladder. Also, female urethras are close in proximity to the anus and vulnerable to contamination by gut bacteria. Bacteria from the anal area, such as e. Coli, are a common cause of UTI in women, especially those who are sexually active. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Anatomy: The male and female urinary tract is different when it comes to anatomy. Females have shorter urethras than their male counterparts. A shorter urethra makes it easier for bacteria to travel up the urethra to the bladder. The urethra in a female is also closer to the rectum allowing for a shorter distance for bacteria to travel. This is why proper hygiene is recommended for females to prevent uti. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Anatomy: The bladder's opening, or urethra, and the vagina are in close proximity. Intercourse may force bacteria into the bladder. However, endometriosis may often feel like recurrent uti's . Check with your physician. True recurrent UTI may be suppressed by longterm low dose antibiotics. ...Read more
Sugar in urine: Diabetes, if uncontrolled, can lead to higher amount of "sugar" spilling into the urine. Bacteria like sugar, thus they proliferate better when there is more sugar around. Diabetes also decrease the effectiveness of your immune system, leading to higher infection rate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm wondering why are some people more suseceptible to uti's (urinary tract infections) than others?
Honeymoon cystitis: Some women are genetically more prone to cystitis. The cells lining their bladders tend to be "sticky" in regards to adhering to bacteria pushed through the urethra during intercourse. Empty your bladder immediately after sex, drink lots of water to flush the bladder and try cranberry juice or pills daily. This helps prevent bacteria from adhering. If infections persist, see a urologist. ...Read more
Depends : Infections of any kind are caused for a variety of reasons. Uti's are no different. Getting a UTI depends on the type of bacteria, the strength of the immune system (immunocompromised people are much more prone to all infections), gender ( females are more susceptible to uti), and underlying medical or urologic conditions ( ex, diabetes, stones). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tossup: This one is a toss-up. Women are more prone to hemorrhoids because of pregnancy. This causes dilatation of the hemorrhoidal veins. Men who are overweight, drink excessively, or have jobs requiring lots of sitting are prone to hemorrhoids. I've seen the frequency roughly equal in my practice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Potentially: Females are at higher risk for utis for many reasons but primarily because of a shorter urethra (tube that connects the bladder to the outside world). The biggest risk factor is being sexually active, but baths can certainly also make females more prone to developing utis, particularly if they have poor hygiene since the organisms in the vaginal and peri-anal area have easy access to the urethra. ...Read more
Much more in woman: Urinary infections are rare im men until they reach the prostate enlargement age group, usually >>50-years. More cmmon in uncircumcised baby boys < 1-year-of-age than baby girls or circumcised boys. Urinary infections become common in women when they become sexually active, and again around menopause (age 45 -55 years) when they stop procing estrogens. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not neccessarily.: There are many factors that can cause an illness to linger. In the case of a viral upper respiratory infection, certain activities such as lack of hydration, rest, and excessive physical activity can cause the infection to last longer and sometimes create a situation where a secondary infection can develop. The gender of the person, in it of itself, is not a predictor of a lingering illness. ...Read more
Yes: Older men, in particular, can develop obstruction of the urethra by an enlarged prostate gland. Patients with certain neurologic conditions can also have problems with urinary retention. People with tumors can have compression of the ureters or urethra which may produce an obstruction of the flow of urine. Rarely a large kidney stone may cause urinary retention. ...Read more
We don't know: The truth is we really do not know why. Hormonal differences and other suggestions have been offered as explanations but none have been proven. ...Read more
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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