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Urine infections or UTI’s can affect different parts of your urinary tract. If your bladder is affected it is called cystitis, if the urethra is affected it is called urethritis and if the kidneys are infected is is called a kidney infection. Urine infections are common, irritating conditions that usually affect women, though men and children can also be affected.
Over half the women in the U.K. will suffer from cystitis at some stage in their lives and though it can be painful, it doesn’t usually cause any long term complications. Cystitis is more common in women when they are pregnant and after the menopause.
The most common cause of cystitis is when bacteria, that usually lives harmlessly in the anus, enter the urethra and travel into the bladder causing inflammation. The bacteria which causes most cystitis infections is Escherichia coli (E.coli). Bacteria can get into your urinary tract during sexual intercourse, when inserting tampons or by wiping/washing your bottom from back to front. Women who use the contraceptive diaphragm may also be at risk of cystitis.