Health Tip: What Causes Urinary Tract Infections in Women?

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(HealthDay News) -- A urinary tract infection occurs when certain bacteria invade the urinary tract. Symptoms may include itching, burning, and painful urination.

The National Women's Health Information Center lists these common causes of urinary tract infections in women:

  • Wiping from back to front after a bowel movement.
  • Having sex.
  • Holding urine for too long.
  • Being diabetic.
  • Having a kidney stone or other factor that makes it difficult to urinate.
  • Producing less estrogen, such as after menopause.
  • Having recently had a catheter inserted.

-- Diana Kohnle

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