Why are urinary tract infections (UTIs) more common in women than in men?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Raisa O Platte, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Overall, UTIs are 14 times more frequent in women than in men. This difference is attributed to the following factors:

  • The urethra is shorter in women

  • In women, the lower third of the urethra is continually contaminated with pathogens from the vagina and the rectum

  • Women tend not to empty their bladders as completely as men do

  • The female urogenital system is exposed to bacteria during intercourse

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