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Urinary infections (cystitis)
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) occur when bacteria enter the urethra and then the bladder. Women are more susceptible to UTIs than men.


Lower urinary tract infections (cystitis)

Urinary infections are caused by the growth of bacteria in the bladder. Usually the bladder is germ-free. Sometimes, however, bacteria travel up the urethra (the canal through which urine is eliminated) and reach the bladder, causing cystitis. Women have shorter urethras than men, so they are more at risk of infection. In fact, more than half women will suffer from at least 1 episode of cystitis in their lifetime.
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