How does a kidney infection affect women differently than men?

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Because the female urethra is shorter than the male urethra, a kidney infection is much more likely to occur in a woman. Women are also at risk because their urethra is located very close to the anus where bacteria that can cause kidney infections originate. Pregnant women are more at risk for the infection due to pressure on the ureters. Men who have prostate problems are at a higher risk.

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