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Understanding Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)Tracto urinario: Infecciones

Understanding Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

How UTIs Occur

  • Sexual activity

  • Poor hygiene

  • Urine that remains in your bladder after you urinate

  • A blockage in the kidneys

  • A blockage caused by an enlarged prostate (in men)

The urinary tracts of women and men are similar in many ways. But there are differences that make it easier for bacteria to enter a woman's urinary tract. Most UTIs are caused by bacteria that grow uncontrolled in the urinary tract. The bacteria may come from outside the body. Or they may come from the rectum or vagina.

Cutaway view of urinary tract

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2006-04-05T00:00:00-06:00

  

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