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Why do women get frequent urinary tract infections?

Sexual activity is associated with recurrent urinary tract infection in young women. Those who have bacteria that colonize the vagina are more likely to have infections. Women who use a diaphragm and/or condoms coated with spermicide are also at increased risk. Those with a family history of UTI or who have their first infection before the age of 15 are more likely to suffer from recurrent infections.

Post-menopausal women with bladder emptying problems are also at increased risk. As we age the tissues of the urinary tract thin which also can increase the chance for infection.

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