UTI stands for Urinary Tract Infection. It is an infection that commonly occurs with the entry bacteria in the urinary tract. These bacteria manage entry through the urethra and start multiplying inside the bladder. The incapability of the urinary system to resist the invaders give hold of our bodies to these bacteria. This results in a full-blown infection what we call UTI.
UTI can occur in both the genders, however, is more common in males. The major culprit is the bacterium known as E.coli (Escherichia coli).
How can UTI infect you?
Bacteria is the major cause of UTI and our body can catch bacteria from a number of sources. Unhygienic conditions being the major source of infection. However, there are a variety of UTI causes as bulleted below: -
- Constipation: Constipation holds toxins inside body giving time and place for bacterial growth. It is a condition that facilitates bacteria to grow and multiply in your bladder, resulting in UTI. On the other hand, diarrhea can lead to contracting UTI from the bacterium stuck to your vagina and urethra through stool. Hence, it is essential to wash up well after a bowel movement.
- Dehydration: Water is essential to flush out toxins from the body. Compromising with water requirements of your body can give a home to bacteria to grow out of toxins infecting you with UTI. Not drinking adequate amounts of water daily can form kidney stones which in turn hinders urine flow and facilitate bacterial infection.
- Birth control pills and Hygiene: Contraceptive pills can cause changes in hormones and disturb the natural bacteria in the vagina. Moreover, not maintaining proper hygiene during menstruation can lead to the growth of infection and may also infect with UTI.
- STD: Medically, UTI is not a sexually transmitted disease (STD). But it can be of risk during sex. It's better to take precaution.
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