What are the risk factors for recurrent UTI in young women?

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There are a few key risk factors that are common with recurrent UTI infections:

  • Anatomy – Women are more likely to get UTI’s due to how their body is naturally making it easier for bacteria to get to the bladder and causing a UTI.
  • Bathroom Habits – It is important to wipe from front to back after going to the toilet as this lessens the risk of bacteria moving from the bottom into the urethra (a tube which transports urine from the bladder to an opening).
  • Sexual activity – Bacteria can spread more easily during sexual activity. Practicing good hygiene before and after sexual activity is also helpful.
  • Other health issues – Having underlying health conditions or a suppressed immune system can make you more prone to bacterial infections. Certain conditions or disease groups can make you more prone to UTI’s such as:
    • Diabetes
    • Autoimmune disease
    • Neurological disease
    • Kidney or bladder stones
    • Surgery to any part of your urinary tract