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Why are females more prone to urinary tract infections v males?

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 more

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Dr. Marvin Ott
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Infection (Definition)

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


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Why do females have urinary tract infections (utis) more often than men?

Why do females have urinary tract infections (utis) more often than men?

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 more

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Why are some women more suseceptible to uti's (urinary tract infections) than others?

Why are some women more suseceptible to uti's (urinary tract infections) than others?

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

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Why are urinary tract infections more common in diabetics?

Why are urinary tract infections more common in diabetics?

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 more

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I'm wondering why are some people more suseceptible to uti's (urinary tract infections) than others?

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

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Are some people more prone to getting urinary tract malformation?

Are some people more prone to getting urinary tract malformation?

No: Most urinary tract malformations are congenital some may be traumatic and some from surgery. But you don't "get" a urinary tract malformation. ...Read more

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Why are some people more suseceptible to uti's (urinary tract infections) than other people?

Why are some people more suseceptible to uti's (urinary tract infections) than other people?

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 more

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Are men or women more susceptible to hemorrhoids?

Are men or women more susceptible to hemorrhoids?

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 more

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Are some women more prone to getting vesicovaginal fistula?

Are some women more prone to getting vesicovaginal fistula?

Yes: Women with more scarring either from surgeries, infections, or trauma (including radiation) can increase the risks of vvf. Hysterectomies along with trauma at delivery (both c-sections and vaginal) are predisposing factors. ...Read more

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Are young females prone to uti's if taking lots of baths?

Are young females prone to uti's if taking lots of baths?

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

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Is a urinary tract infection more common in men or women?

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 more

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Are males or females more likely to have epilepsy?

Are males or females more likely to have epilepsy?

Both the same.: No significant sex difference is the risk of epilepsy. Some types are more often in girls (jme) and others in boys (absence) but overall the same risk. Some types are more related to age and some to puberty, and some are very genetic. ...Read more

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Are males more susceptible to having a lingering illness?

Are males more susceptible to having a lingering illness?

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

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Are young children more susceptible to staph infections?

Are young children more susceptible to staph infections?

Not necessarily: Healthy young children are no more susceptible to staph infections than anyone else. Indeed, human immunity undergoes dips and blips throughout life, but i see no more staph infection in children than I do in adults if not more in the latter. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting urinary retention?

Are some people more prone to getting urinary retention?

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

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I'm wondering why are autoimmune diseases more common in females than males?

I'm wondering why are autoimmune diseases more common in females than males?

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

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Which sexual positions are better to prevent urinary tract infections?

Which sexual positions are better to prevent urinary tract infections?

There is no: Evidence for which I am aware, pointing 2 less risky positions. Most infection come from the rectum so try to shower first 2 reduce bacteria. Front 2 front is likely less risky. If persistent a low dose abx after intercourse can b used. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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Urinary Tract Infections (Definition)

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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Urinary (Definition)

Any subject, be it anatomy, physiology, or object pertaining to urine. For example: urinary tract (anatomy), urinary catheter (object), ...Read more