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.
Paloma de la Fuente Vaquero
M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc.
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 IVI Sevilla.