Risk Factors for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
A risk factor is something that raises the chances of getting a health problem. A person can get a UTI with or without the ones listed below. The chances of getting one is greater in people who have many risk factors.
Things that can raise the risk are:
Age and Gender
This problem is more common in women. This is because the female urethra is short. Bacteria sometimes enters the urinary system after a woman passes stool and does not wipe from front to back.
The risk of getting an infection goes up even more after menopause in women and after age 50 in men.
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- James Cornell, MD
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