Although men can also develop these infections, women are more susceptible because of our anatomical make-up. Our habits, genetics, health conditions and other factors make some of us even more susceptible than others. Fortunately, there are precautions that all women can take to prevent urinary tract infections from developing. Dr. Laura M. Rosch of the American Osteopathic Association shared some of her expert medical advice on how women can take control of their urinary health.
The main culprit of UTIs in women is bacteria, and the way our bodies are built makes it that much easier for it to thrive and become a huge pain (literally and figuratively). Rosch explains how the urethra — the small tube that urine passes through from the bladder to outside the body — is much shorter than the same organ in men, making it much easier for bacteria to get into the bladder and for an infection to ensue.
Rosch notes that there are multiple reasons some women are more likely to get an infection than are others, but she specifically points out the following:
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