Bladder infections (cystitis) are far more common in women but men can also suffer from them too
They are relatively rare in men aged under 50, and the risk tends to increase as a man becomes older. For example – Approximately 3 in 100 men in the age 60 bracket – increasing to 1 in 10 men in the age 80 bracket. The reason why women urine infection are much more common in women is because their urethra is shorter compared to a mans and opens nearer the anus.
Symptoms of bladder infections include:
- Dysuria, (burning feeling during urination)
- Frequent trips to the toilet
- Hematuria (blood in urine)
- An urgency to urinate
- Cloudy Urine
Causes of bladder infection include:
- An enlarged prostate An enlarged prostate are more common in the over 50’s,and causes the bladder to stop emptying
- kidney problems may lead to urine infection. For example, such as ‘kidney stones’ or conditions that cause urine to ‘pool’ and not drain sufficiently
- Unprotected anal sex (increases the risk of infection)
- A low immune system (increases the risk of developing all types of infection)
Note: Most bladder infection are caused by bacteria. They can be quickly cleared up by a course of antibiotics. If left untreated – the infection can travel up your eurethra and affect one or both kidneys. (a common symtom of a kidney infection is pain in one or both sides). The common medical term for a urine infection will be referred to as a ‘urinary tract infection’ (UTI) by doctors.