A urinary tract infection (UTI) is caused when bacteria makes its way into the bladder through the urethra. According to the National Institute of Health, it’s the second most common type of bodily infection and is most prevalent in women.
There are three different types of urinary tract infections: Cystitis, Urethritis and Pyelonephritis.
Bladder inflammation is the most common type of UTI and is known as Cystitis. Urethritis, or urethra inflammation, is the second most common type of UTI and is typically contracted through sexual intercourse with a partner who has a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Pyelonephritis is when bacteria from your bloodstream spreads to your kidneys.
Urinary Tract Infection Causes
Bacteria typically lives near your colon and rectum. A UTI is formed once bacteria is introduced into the urethra. The bacteria then multiplies and travels up to your bladder. Since women have a shorter urethra than men, a UTI is most common in females because the bacteria is closer to their bladder and settles there.
Other factors that increase your chances of a UTI may include:
Symptoms of an UTI:
Prevention guide to avoid UTIs
- Stay hydrated! Water is your friend. And, go to the bathroom when you feel the urge
- Avoid irritating your bladder with overuse of alcohol and caffeine
- After sexual intercourse, make a trip to the bathroom and try to urinate even if you feel you do not need to go
- Maintain good personal hygiene, especially in the genital area – avoid scented soaps, douches, etc.,
- While tampons are a popular choice among women, we suggest using sanitary pads or menstrual cups
- Women should wipe front to back, not back to front
If you believe you have a UTI, you will want fast treatment. If you contact your primary care physician, you may have to make an appointment which could take up to several weeks to get in, and the longer you wait the worse your UTI can become. Save time and money while receiving fast, quality care from our walk-in clinic with no appointment necessary! MyCare Express Clinic is open seven days a week with our convenient urgent care locations!