There are many common causes of contracting a UTI, but many times it is dependent on age, sexual activity and the sex of the individual. Males rarely contract urinary tract infections because it is harder for bacteria to enter the urinary tract. Women, however, are extremely susceptible to the infection, which enter the body during intercourse or improper whiping after using the restroom. Young girls should learn early that it is necessary to wipe front to back after using the restroom and adult women should urinate after sexual intercourse to expel as much bacteria as possible that might become trapped in the folds of the vaginal opening. Wearing cotton underwear to allow for good air flow is another great way to prevent the spread of a UTI.
Though UTIs should regularly be contracted by women, girls or infants, they can occur rather easily and medical treatment should be given in order to prevent additional pain and the bacteria from spreading further into the urinary tract. UTIs are commonly contracted as a result of the bacteria E. coli entering the urinary tract and spreading to the bladder as it multiplies, consuming nutrients that are found in the urinary tract. As the infection spreads so do the symptoms which can include the urgency to urinate, a sharp pain or sting when urinating and constant irritation of the urinary tract.
Anyone that is constaantly contracting a UTI, or has had an infection for a long period of time, should seek a medical consultation because it can be a sign of another problem or issue.