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Why Women are More Prone to Bladder Infections than Men

Why Women are More Prone to Bladder Infections than Men

Gulfshore Urology Bladder InfectionsBladder infections, or cystitis, can occur in both men and women, but it is much rarer in males than their female counterparts. In fact, bladder infections are so common in women that most will experience at least one in their lifetime.

Why is that? To understand the reason behind female proneness to bladder infections, you must first understand what it is, what causes it, and how.

What is a Bladder Infection?

Cystitis is an infection that occurs when bacteria finds its way into the bladder. Particularly, E. Coli. When caught early, they are not very serious. However, if ignored, they can grow exponentially worse, traveling to the kidneys where they can leave permanent damage when left untreated.

For women, sex can often be the culprit of this kind of infection because vaginal intercourse makes it easier for the bacteria to reach the bladder via the urethra. Risks are also increased by the use of spermicides, condoms, and the hormonal fluctuations caused by pregnancy.

Why are Women More Prone to Bladder Infections than Men?

The reason women are more likely to develop bladder infections than men comes down to basic anatomy. Female urethras are much shorter than male urethras. Approximately an inch and a half in length to be exact. This means the bacteria doesn’t have to travel nearly as far to reach the bladder.

Another risk enhancing attribute involves the location of the urethra. Located next to the vagina and anus, it is much easier for bacteria to travel from those two areas to the urethra.

Symptoms

Symptoms of a bladder infection include:

  • A burning sensation or pain while urinating
  • Feeling the need to urinate frequently, but little to no urine is released when you do
  • Lower belly pain
  • Cloudy or smelly urine
  • Blood in your urine
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Pain in one side of the back just below your ribs (where your kidneys are located)

If you are experiencing these symptoms, you will want to make an appointment with your urologist.

How to Prevent Bladder Infections

The best way to prevent cystitis is to remain hydrated and urinate often. Always relieve yourself after engaging in sexual intercourse and maintain proper hygiene. For women who have already gone through menopause, it may be advantageous to use vaginal estrogen to help stave off these sort of infections as well.

Should you have any questions regarding bladder infections or urological health, you should contact your local urologist. Gulfshore Urology currently has several expert physicians on staff, as well as locations in Naples, Bonita Springs, and Marco Island.

  Rolando R. Rivera   Apr 17, 2016   Uncategorized, Urinary Tract Infection, Urology   Comments Off on Why Women are More Prone to Bladder Infections than Men   Read More

How to Lower Your Risk for Bladder Cancer

How to Lower Your Risk for Bladder Cancer

Gulfshore Urology Lower Risk for Bladder CancerWhile we can’t change genetics, we can choose to engage (or not engage) in behaviors that reduce our chances of developing certain diseases. Bladder cancer has several risk factors, some of which we can address in our daily choices and activities. Gulfshore Urology has compiled a list of simple changes you can make in your lifestyle to improve your health and reduce your chances of developing this form of cancer.

Reduce Chemical Exposure

Those working in certain industries are often exposed to chemicals that have been linked to the development of bladder cancer. Among those occupations are printers, hairdressers, painters, machinists, and truck drivers. This is mostly due to their daily and long-term interaction with certain poisonous chemicals found in:

  • Diesel Fumes
  • Hair Dyes and Other Dyes
  • Rubber
  • Leather
  • Textiles
  • Paint

Avoid Smoking

Smoking tobacco products has long been labeled as a factor in increased risks of cancer and other diseases. Studies have shown that individuals who smoke are 3 times more likely to develop bladder cancer than those who do not. In fact, it has been proven to be the cause of about half of all bladder cancer cases in men and women alike.

Choose Clean Drinking Water

Linked as a cause of bladder cancer, arsenic is a natural element that can be found in organic and inorganic compounds. It is often used as a preservative in lumber, in pesticides, and as an additive in lead, copper, and certain glass manufacturing.

However, this element can also be found in certain sources of drinking water. Due to the poisonous nature of this element, it is important to have your well or public water system inspected to ensure that it is not present in your water source.

Stay Hydrated

Water is one of the most essential benefactors to our health. It maintains the proper balance of your body’s fluids, promotes normal bowel function, energizes and maintains the health of your body’s organs, and assists your kidneys in flushing toxins out of the body. Individuals who drink a lot of fluids on a consistent, daily basis have a reduced risk for bladder cancer compared to those who do not.

Do You Think You May Have Bladder Cancer?

Bladder cancer typically affects older adults. It requires a medical diagnosis confirmed through lab and/or imaging tests. If you believe that you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of bladder cancer, then you should schedule an appointment with your urologist immediately.

Gulfshore Urology employs several expert urologists who specialize in the treatment of diseases such as this. We currently have locations in Naples, Marco Island, and Bonita Springs. To schedule an appointment with one of our physicians, simply give us a call at 239-333-3200.

  Rolando R. Rivera   Apr 15, 2016   Bladder Cancer, Urology   Comments Off on How to Lower Your Risk for Bladder Cancer   Read More