How do you get a Bladder Infection?

Updated at: Feb 17, 2012
How do you get a Bladder Infection?

Most of the bladder infections in men and women are not serious.

Vatsal Anand
Women's HealthWritten by: Vatsal AnandPublished at: Feb 17, 2012

Bladder infections are usually caused by different strains of E. Coli. It is a type of bacteria that live in the gut of humans. There are different reasons for men and women to contract this infection.


Bladder Infection in Women

Women quite often contract bladder infection during sexual intercourse. The bacteria can reach the bladder through the urethra after vaginal intercourse.

Women sometimes get bladder infections after sex. Vaginal intercourse makes it easier for bacteria to reach the bladder through the urethra. There are women who catch this infection after every instance of sex.

Women using diaphragm as the major birth control method are more vulnerable to bladder infections. This is because this device puts pressure on the bladder and prevents it from getting completely empty. That leaves the bladder with stagnating urine, conducive for rapid reproduction of bacteria.


During pregnancy women’s bladder gets compressed due to the growth of foetus. Moreover, birth control measures like condoms and spermicides make a woman more prone to urinary tract infections. Not only are bladder infections very uncomfortable but they can also cause serious complications. Fortunately they are usually harmless and can be healed quickly.


Bladder Infection in Men


Bladder infection in men can be due to some underlying disorder. The infection is usually a symptom of that disorder and need to be taken seriously. It can be due to some sort of obstruction messing up the functions of the urinary tract. Uncircumcised baby boys are at a greater risk of contracting bladder infection during the first year of their life. The spot under the foreskin gives a good place for bacteria to get collected.

Of late bladder infections result from two bacteria that are transmitted sexually - chlamydia and mycoplasma. Another cause is use of catheters in hospitals and homes. Catheters involves insertion of tubes into the bladder for emptying it.

There are also some rather odd cases of bladder infection that some people develop. All the symptoms of an infection exist but there is no infection at all. This condition has been termed interstitial cystitis. It becomes difficult to treat a person suffering from this disease even though it is usually benign.

Circumstances other than infection during intercourse that result in this complication are wearing  tight clothes and oral sex. It would be prudent to take care not to provide favourable environment for bacteria to reproduce. The infection grows in moist areas of the body.


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