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Why do females have urinary tract infections (utis) more often than men?
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Mazin Albert
General Practice
8 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Mazin Albert
Mazin Albert
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Anatomy
1)women have much shorter urthras than men.
2urine can be trapped behind labia if women do not spread thighs widely enough to seperate labia. 3)soapy bathwater/bubble bath can enter bladder via urethra, cause irritation permitting bacteria to adhere & penetrate lining. 4)rectum is closer to urethra. 5)sex act pumps bacteria from meatus up to bladder.5)thong underwear rub & push bacteria up urethra.

In brief: Anatomy
1)women have much shorter urthras than men.
2urine can be trapped behind labia if women do not spread thighs widely enough to seperate labia. 3)soapy bathwater/bubble bath can enter bladder via urethra, cause irritation permitting bacteria to adhere & penetrate lining. 4)rectum is closer to urethra. 5)sex act pumps bacteria from meatus up to bladder.5)thong underwear rub & push bacteria up urethra.
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. George Valdez
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Length of urethra
Females have shorter distance for bacteria to travel to get into bladder and start colonizing.

In brief: Length of urethra
Females have shorter distance for bacteria to travel to get into bladder and start colonizing.
Dr. George Valdez
Dr. George Valdez
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