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Why are some people more prone to urinary tract infections?

By Dr. Paloma de la Fuente Vaquero.
Last Update: 02/04/2019

Many women have a tendency to develop repeated infections. The identification of risk factors is important to determine which are susceptible to change. Among them, it is important to highlight:

  • Sexually active women are more prone to the recurrence. In addition the risk increases with the number of sexual partners and risky sexual practices. Some spermicides are also harmful.
  • Deficient or excessive intimate hygiene: both situations alter the pH in the genitals.
  • Immersion baths in contaminated water.
  • Pregnant or menopausal women (in both coexist an alteration of hormone levels of estrogen and progesterone) are more prone to recurrent urinary tract infections.
  • The presence of foreign bodies in the urinary tract (probes, catheters) that favor the cantonment of pathogenic microorganisms.

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Dr. Paloma de la Fuente Vaquero
Dr. Paloma de la Fuente Vaquero
MD, PhD, MSc
Gynecologist
Bachelor's Degree in Medicine from the Complutense University of Madrid, with a Master's Degree in Human Reproduction and a Doctorate in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Seville. Member of the Spanish Fertility Society (SEF) and the Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (SEGO), she performs as a gynecologist specializing in assisted reproduction in the clinic YES! Reproducción.
License: 4117294
Gynecologist. Bachelor's Degree in Medicine from the Complutense University of Madrid, with a Master's Degree in Human Reproduction and a Doctorate in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Seville. Member of the Spanish Fertility Society (SEF) and the Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (SEGO), she performs as a gynecologist specializing in assisted reproduction in the clinic YES! Reproducción. License: 4117294.
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