Likely due to the differences in anatomy, men and women differ greatly in how frequently they experience urinary tract infections. Women are much more likely to develop a UTI, but men are much more likely to have concurrent issues such as inflammation of the prostate and testicles.
Urine is normally sterile as it travels from your bladder to the urethra (small tubes that carry urine out of the body). An infection occurs when bacteria enter the urethra and multiply as they move up the urinary tract. The bacteria typically enter the urinary system via the urethral opening where your urine empties out of your body.
Wiping incorrectly — back to front rather than the preferred front to back — can transport bacteria (typically E. coli) from the anus to the urethral opening. From there, it’s a quick trip to the bladder and even into the kidneys if you don’t receive appropriate treatment. Sexual intercourse can also introduce bacteria into the urinary tract.
While UTIs in men are also due to bacterial growth in the urinary tract, adult males under the age of 50 rarely develop UTIs. It’s felt that the more complex male urinary system is somewhat protective against infection. After 50, UTIs in men often include anatomical abnormalities that may require referral to a urologist for surgical repair. Use of urinary catheters is one factor that may increase the risk of males developing UTIs.
Once a urine test has confirmed you have a UTI, treatment requires:
If you have repeat UTIs, Dr. Polavarapu may suggest prophylactic treatment with antibiotics or referral to a genitourinary specialist for further workup and treatment recommendations.
Habits that may help prevent recurrent UTIs in women include:
At the office of HP Medical PC, we accept most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you have any questions. It is the patient's responsibility to ensure eligibility. If you are a new patient and your insurance plan requires you to select a PCP, please do so before you come to the office. Dr. Polavarapu must be listed as your PCP in order to be seen. If you are participating in an Affordable Care Act Plan (aka Gold, Silver, etc), and have a deductible that has not been met, HP Medical PC policy requires you leave a $100 deposit. Should the insurance company remit the payment for your visit, the deposit will be refunded to you.
"Dr. Polavarapu made me feel comfortable- I didn't feel like I was being rushed. He was very thorough and knowledgeable."
"Dr. P has been my doctor for years, he always takes his time to listen and cares. I highly recommend him."
"I found the doctor to be really helpful. Dr Polavarapu addressed my health concerns and the staff was helpful in coordinating all my care."
"Excellent Doctor, wonderful bedside manner!"