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Who gets urinary tract infections (UTIs)?

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Anyone can get a urinary tract infection. But UTIs are more likely if you:

  • Are a woman
  • Have had UTIs before
  • Have a condition that affects your bladder's nerve supply, such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and spinal cord injuries
  • Have been through menopause
  • Are overweight
  • Have something that blocks urine, such as a tumor, kidney stone, or an enlarged prostate
  • Use a contraceptive diaphragm or spermicide for birth control
  • Have a catheter (a tube put in the bladder to drain urine from the bladder into a bag outside the body)
  • Are a man who has sex with men, is infected with HIV, or hasn’t been circumcised

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

American Academy of Family Physicians.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)."

Urology Care Foundation: "What Causes a UTI?"

National Association for Continence: "What Is a Fistula?"

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on April 17, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

American Academy of Family Physicians.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)."

Urology Care Foundation: "What Causes a UTI?"

National Association for Continence: "What Is a Fistula?"

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on April 17, 2018

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