A urinary tract infection, commonly referred to as an UTI, is a bacterial infection in the urinary tract. Although urinary tract infection can occur in the kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra, most occur in the bladder or urethra (lower tract).
Approximately 20 percent of women experience a UTI at some point in their lives.
If left untreated, UTIs can cause other serious conditions or complications including sepsis, permanent kidney damage, premature and low birth weight babies or recurrent infections.
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