How do you get a UTI? Dr. Payal Bhandari explains

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How do you get a urinary tract infection (UTI)?

Dr. Payal Bhandari, Uqora’s Scientific Advisor, explains the mechanics and causes of a urinary tract infection, including why some people are at higher risk.



Here’s the video transcript in case you’d rather read than watch:

"Hello! I am Dr. Payal Bhandari, an integrative family physician practicing in San Francisco, CA since 2005. Urinary tract infections are an extremely common problem among women; causing more doctor’s visits per year than everything but the common cold.

In my last video I explained what a urinary tract infection is — now let’s talk about how you might develop a urinary tract infection.

UTIs can occur at all ages and in both men and women.  Women are at a greater risk of developing a UTI because of their anatomy. Unlike men, women have a shorter urethra, the tube that transports urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. A woman’s urethra is also closer to the anus than in men causing bacteria normally on the skin of the genital to easily travel through the urethra and into the bladder.

Some women are naturally more prone to urinary tract infections due to their anatomy and possibly having a compromised immune system such as in pre-diabetes and diabetes.  

One of the most common reasons women develop a UTI is after having sex. During sexual intercourse foreign bacteria is commonly introduced into the urethra which can travel into the bladder.

Infections can also occur after a recent urinary procedure like a catheter being placed in the urethra.

In my next video, I’ll elaborate on activities that increase our risk of developing a UTI."



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