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Urinary Tract Infections & Men

Planned Parenthood Men's Health Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) & Men at a Glance

  • More common among women than men
  • Symptoms include painful and/or frequent urination
  • Testing and treatment are available

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by bacteria that have spread to your urinary system including the

  • bladder — the organ that collects and stores urine
  • ureters — the tubes that lead from the kidneys to the bladder
  • urethra — the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body

Urinary tract infections are far more common among women than men. But men still get them. Urinary tract infections should be taken seriously. Severe cases may cause kidney or prostate infection if left untreated.

Common symptoms of urinary tract infections include

  • burning pain during urination
  • an urge to urinate when your bladder is nearly empty
  • feeling like you need to urinate all the time, especially at night
  • difficulty controlling when you urinate
  • lower abdominal pain or back pain
  • blood and/or pus in urine
  • fever

If you have symptoms, make an appointment with your health care provider. Testing and treatment are simple. For more detailed information, see our general page on urinary tract infections.

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Urinary Tract Infections & Men