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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

What's a UTI?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of the urinary system, including your bladder and urethra. Anyone can get a UTI, but they're more common if you have a vulva.

There are two kinds of UTIs: cystitis and urethritis. Cystitis is an infection of the bladder. Urethritis is an infection of the urethra. If left untreated, either of these can spread and cause a kindney infection, so even though UTIs are really common, you've got to take them seriously.

What causes UTIs? we

It's pretty easy to get a urinary tract infection. Bacteria that live in the vagina, genital, and anal areas may enter the urethra, travel to the bladder, and cause an infection. This can happen during sexual activity when bacteria from your partner's genital, anus, fingers, or sex toys get pushed into your urethra. UTIs can also be caused by Chlamydia, gonorrhea, or other organisms.

Although UTIs aren't spread from one person to another like STDs, having sex can lead to or worsen UTIs. But you don't have to have sex to get a UTI. Anything that bring bacteria in contact with your urethra can cause a UTI

You're more likely to get a UTI if you have had one before (sex), diabetes, obese, or use of spermicides or a diaphragm and having a kidney stone or other obstruction in your urinary tract. Most people aren't able to pinpoint the exact cause of their UTI because so many things can lead to it.

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