Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) in Men
Although it is more common in women due to our urethra's being much shorter than men's, which makes bacteria needing to reach only a short distance to reach our Bladder, men can still catch UTI from intercourse with a woman as the bacteria is already present in the man's urinary tract.
However, UTI's in men tend to be more common as they age. One reason is that older men are more likely to develop non-cancerous enlargement of their prostate gland. The prostate wraps around the neck of the bladder, where the urethra connects to the bladder. Enlargement of the prostate gland can choke off the bladder neck, making it harder for urine to flow freely. If the bladder doesn’t empty completely, bacteria that are normally flushed out with the urine might gain a foothold.
Men, check yourself regularly, know your body parts and sizes, and keep an eye on your urinary habits plus I go as far as keeping an eye on the temperature of your urine. Discuss any discrepancies with your TICM doctor.
Reasons, why men may get UTI's, is due to being immobile for long periods, not drinking enough fluids, diabetes, being uncircumcised, anal intercourse exposing the urethra to bacteria,
recent urinary tract surgery, and faecel incontinence.
The signs and symptoms in men are as follows:
- Painful urination and a burning sensation.
- Needing to urinate frequently.
- Stop start flow.
- Sudden urge to empty your Bladder, called urinary urgency.
- Pain in your central lower abdomen, just above the pubic bone.
- Blood in your urine.
- Fever and chills.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Difficulty urinating or dribbling.
- Pain in your sides or back that doesn’t change when you change position.
- Pain in your pelvis or the area between your rectum and scrotum (perineum).