What Causes UTIs?
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are fairly easy to get, especially depending on your anatomy. Bacteria that live in the vagina, genital, and anal areas may enter the urethra, travel to the bladder, and cause an infection. This typically occurs during sexual activity when bacteria from your partner’s genitals, anus, fingers, or sex toys gets pushed into your urethras. Other causes of UTIs also include chlamydia, gonorrhea, or other organisms.
UTIs aren’t contagious like STDs, but having sex can lead to or worsen UTIs. However, UTIs don’t always occur from having sex. Anything that brings bacteria in contact with your urethra can cause a UTI.
You’re more likely to get a UTI if you:
- Have had one before
- Have diabetes
- Are obese
- Use spermicides or a diaphragm
- Have kidney stones or other obstructions in your urinary tract
Are UTI services not yet available on the app in your area? Your local Planned Parenthood health center offers tests and treatments for UTIs as well!