The reason women are more likely to suffer from a UTI is that their urethrae are shorter than in men. So this means that harmful bacteria have a much shorter path to travel. In addition, the urethra is much closer to the anus, which means that bacteria travel faster from the anus to the urethra. What symptoms should we look out for, and if so, are there any differences between men and women?
Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection
- Urination hurts or gives a burning sensation
- You feel the need to urinate more often. But you only pee a little bit each time
- The sensation of having to pee can be painful
- You may also have pain in your lower abdomen or back
- The pee looks different (cloudy) or may contain blood
- The pee may smell strong or bad
There is no difference in symptoms in men and women, but it is good to know that these symptoms in men can also refer to other medical problems. Think of a prostate or pelvic inflammation (also applies to women). Symptoms include fever, feeling sick, pain between the anus and scrotum, and pain in the side. Other symptoms that may occur, but are often caused by the pain, are nausea and vomiting. If you recognize yourself in these symptoms, it is important that you contact your professional healthcare provider as soon as possible. Explain your symptoms and he or she will investigate you further. Often this will be a physical examination, and they will also ask if you can submit urine to be tested for elevated inflammation levels. Continue reading quickly on the next page and find out what the next steps – such as a treatment plan – are.