UTI Facts

  • Nearly 20 percent of women who have a UTI will have another and 30 percent of those will have yet another. Of this last group, 80 percent will have recurrences.
  • About 80 to 90 percent of UTIs are caused by a single type of bacteria.
  • People who get repeated UTIs may need additional tests to check for other health problems.
  • If a UTI is not treated promptly, the bacteria can travel up to the kidneys and cause a more serious type of infection, called pyelonephritis (pronounced pie-low-nef-right-iss).
  • Pyelonephritis is an actual infection of the kidney, where urine is produced. This may result in fever and back pain.
  • Women are more likely to develop UTIs than men because women have a shorter urethra, which makes it easier for bacteria to reach the bladder.
  • People with diabetes are more susceptible to UTIs.
  • Men with enlarged prostate glands are more likely to develop UTIs.