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5 Things You Need to Know About Sex and Bladder Infections

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5 Things You Need to Know About Sex and Bladder Infections
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Bladder infections can be caused by a variety of infectious agents. An infection of the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra is known as a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). When bacteria is introduced into the bladder or kidney and multiplies in the urine, it causes a urinary tract or bladder infection. Although they may be uncomfortable, these infections are usually harmless and easily treated. An infection isolated to the urethra is called urethritis, but if it spreads to the bladder it is called cystitis

Common symptoms of bladder infections include frequent urges to urinate and a painful burning sensation during urination.

Women are more likely than men to contract bladder infections, and some women get them often due to the shape and length of their urethra. A female with a shorter urethra is more like to get frequent bladder infections. According to WebMD, 20 percent of all women get at least one bladder infection at some point in her life.

Bladder infections can be caused by a variety of infectious agents. An infection of the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra is known as a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). When bacteria is introduced into the bladder or kidney and multiplies in the urine, it causes a urinary tract or bladder infection. Although they may be uncomfortable, these infections are usually harmless and easily treated. An infection isolated to the urethra is called urethritis, but if it spreads to the bladder it is called cystitis

Common symptoms of bladder infections include frequent urges to urinate and a painful burning sensation during urination.

Women are more likely than men to contract bladder infections, and some women get them often due to the shape and length of their urethra. A female with a shorter urethra is more like to get frequent bladder infections. According to WebMD, 20 percent of all women get at least one bladder infection at some point in her life.

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