Why are UTIs so common in women?
Urinary tract infections or UTIs will affect almost 60% of women. The reason being that a woman's urethra (tube that drains the bladder) is short and close to the rectum.
As a result bacteria have a very short distance to travel to the urinary tract and quickly and easily cause infections. Movement such as intercourse and physical exertions also cause bacteria
to move from the skin into the urethra.
What causes UTIs?
Bacteria present on the skin, rectal area and gastro-intestinal tract cause UTIs when they enter the urethra, bladder, ureters (tubes that drain urine from kidneys to the bladder) and the kidneys as well.
What are the symptoms of a UTI?
UTIs present various symptoms including a painful, burning sensation when passing urine, urge to urinate frequently even though there may be little to no output, urine may be unclear and smelling foul.
In addition to these symptoms if there is fever, nausea or back pain, it may indicate a kidney infection.