Answers to Common Urology Questions

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about urology.

What puts you at a higher risk for developing a urinary tract infection?

Women are at higher risk of developing a urinary tract infection (UTI) than men, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). This is because women have a shorter urethra, making it easier for bacteria to reach the bladder. 

Sexual intercourse can also cause a UTI, especially in women, because bacteria can easily be pushed into the urethra. 

The risk of UTIs also increases in women who use a diaphragm, because the diaphragm makes it harder for the bladder to empty, which makes it more likely for bacteria to cause infections. 

Talk to your doctor for more information about who is at higher risk for developing a urinary tract infection. 

For more information about symptoms of a urinary tract infection, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Nicholas Davis, MD, Centerville Family Medicine