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Cystitis is an inflammation of the urinary bladder often caused by a bacterial...

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hotmamma18 | Student, College Freshman | Honors

Posted April 15, 2013 at 12:22 AM via web

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Cystitis is an inflammation of the urinary bladder often caused by a bacterial infection. Typically, bacteria from outside the body enter the bladder. Are males or females more prone to cystitis? Explain.

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 15, 2013 at 12:54 AM (Answer #1)

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Females are more likely to have a urinary tract infection than males and that is due to anatomical differences between females and males. There is a shorter distance from the urethra to the bladder in females than in males. In males, the tube leads that connects the bladder to the outside environment is inside the penis and is a longer distance. Therefore, any bacteria that get introduced from outside the urethra have a shorter journey to the bladder in females, than in males and can more likely cause an infection. Also, the opening to the urethra in women is closer to the anus than it is in men and E. coli bacteria are more easily introduced to the area in women.

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