Are UTI’s contagious?
Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, aren’t contagious. They occur when bacteria from the skin or rectum enter the urethra, the tube that drains urine from your bladder when you urinate.
UTIs are more common in women because of their anatomy. The opening of the urethra is close to the vagina and anus, which can harbor infection-causing bacteria, and their shorter urethras make it easier for bacteria to reach the bladder.
UTIs occur more often in women who:
- Start having sex or having it more often
- Use spermicide or a diaphragm
- Have had UTIs in the past
- Are pregnant
- Have had several children
- Have gone through menopause
- Are obese
- Have diabetes
In men, problems that restrict normal urine flow, such as an enlarged prostate, can cause bladder infections, a type of UTI.