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Does “holding it in” cause urinary tract infections (utis)?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. George Valdez
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: It can

It gives more time (if they are there) for bacteria to grow.

In brief: It can

It gives more time (if they are there) for bacteria to grow.
Dr. George Valdez
Dr. George Valdez
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Dr. Morton Levitt
Pathology
3 doctors agree

In brief: UTIs

Women are generally more prone to utis than men, presumably due to the short urethra.
Bacteria enter the bladder through this short urethra during inter course or "improper wiping." "holding it" does not contribute to an increased risk of infection, but if the bacteria have gained entrance already, "holding it" provides a more stagnant environment for them to multiply.

In brief: UTIs

Women are generally more prone to utis than men, presumably due to the short urethra.
Bacteria enter the bladder through this short urethra during inter course or "improper wiping." "holding it" does not contribute to an increased risk of infection, but if the bacteria have gained entrance already, "holding it" provides a more stagnant environment for them to multiply.
Dr. Morton Levitt
Dr. Morton Levitt
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