5 Signs You Might Have a UTI

Find out the symptoms of a urinary tract infection.

5 Signs You Might Have a UTI

By Toni Gasparis

A urinary tract infection, referred to as a UTI, is an infection that most commonly occurs in your bladder or urethra. This condition isn’t serious at the outset, but if left untreated can spread to the kidneys and cause more serious issues. While this condition is more prevalent in women, men are not exempt from getting an infection. Learn what the signs of a UTI are and see if some of the symptoms you are experiencing are a direct result of this infection.

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What is a UTI?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is caused by bacteria making its way into the bladder or urethra. The bacteria can stem from sexual activity, improper wiping from anus to urethra, kidney stones, or prostate issues. Women are usually more at risk for developing UTIs in their lifetime because they have a shorter urethra than men so the bacteria can move faster through it. Additionally, the risk of a UTI increases after menopause. People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing a UTI because their immune system is lowered and the bacteria have a better chance of festering and causing an infection.

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