A urinary tract infection, commonly known as a UTI, is a bacterial infection that affects the urinary tract. While UTIs can occur in various parts of the urinary system, including the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra, most cases involve the bladder or urethra (lower tract).
It is essential to address UTIs promptly as they can lead to serious conditions or complications if left untreated. Among women, approximately 20 percent experience a UTI at some point in their lives.
Neglecting UTIs can result in complications like sepsis, permanent kidney damage, and an increased risk of preterm birth and low birth weight babies. Additionally, recurrent infections may become a concern.
A urinary tract infection can develop when bacteria enters the urethra and starts to multiply in the bladder.
• Uncontrolled diabetes
• Not urinating when you have to go (holding it)
• Birth control
• Feminine products
• Kidney stones
Risk factors of urinary tract infections