No, it’s not men. It’s UTI.
A UTI is an infection that is anywhere in the urinary tract system, from the two kidneys to the uretha. The most common bacterium that causes a UTI is E. Coli, and moves to the Urethra when you wipe from the back forward.
The symptoms of a UTI vary but according to South Australia Health there are a few common ones. These include a burning sensation when going to the toilet, passing urine more frequently than usual, cloudy urine, and if the infection has spread to the kidney you might experience chills, fever, and back pain.
There’s a reason it’s women who are most commonly affected by the impairment too, because our urethra (the tube where urine exits the bladder) is significantly shorter than men’s. Unfortunately we can’t blame the patriarchy for this one, but we can avoid it.
We spoke to qualified GP Preeya Alexander about the best ways to prevent a UTI, so that you’ll (hopefully) never have to treat one again.
Dr Alexander says there are three main ways to prevent getting a UTI.
“There are lots of myths out there! The things that actually work are keeping well hydrated to ensure you keep flushing the tract and any bacteria out. For women, wiping front to back post toileting is crucial – it prevents bacteria from being introduced into the bladder. It’s crucial to teach little girls this when they are toilet training,” Dr Alexander began.
While most women are aware of the golden rule, it’s always worth repeating.
“You need to empty the bladder after intercourse – it’s called post coital urination. This ensures that any bacteria that have been pushed into the bladder or urinary tract during intercourse are flushed away so they can’t hang around and cause an infection,” says Dr Alexander.