Why do men have to take longer courses of antibiotics for treatment of UTI compared to women?

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Male UTI treatments are often longer and more complicated than those for women. Because of how the male urinary tract system is naturally, when men get UTI they are classed as ‘complicated UTIs’. This means it is more difficult to treat UTIs in men and therefore requires a longer course of antibiotics compared to women. In most cases this is 7 days for men compared to a 3-day course for women.

It is always important to consultant your doctor about course length of antibiotics as this will also be based on your symptoms.