Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

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Urinary tract infections (UTIs), also known as cystitis, are very common. Women are especially prone to UTIs because they have shorter urethras. This reduces the distance bacteria must travel to reach the bladder.

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SYMPTOMS

  • Burning feeling during urination
  • Frequent urination or intense urge to urinate
  • Pain or discomfort in the lower stomach or abdomen or lower back
  • Cloudy, dark, bloody, or strange-smelling urine
  • Other symptoms may include fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, fatigue or malaise

Causes

UTI disease causes vary depending on the type. Bladder and urethra infections are the most common types, and they’re more common in women.

  • Bladder UTIs are usually caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli), but other bacteria can also cause them. Sexual intercourse can cause a bladder UTI by pushing bacteria into the urethra. But you can get a bladder UTI even if you’re not sexually active. The short distance between the urethral opening to the bladder puts women at higher risk of bladder infections.
  • Urethral UTIs can happen when bacteria from the anus travel to the urethra. They can also be caused by sexually transmitted infections, such as herpes, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.