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Are bladder infections more common in men or women?

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Bladder infections are more common among women and do not occur very often in men, according to WebMD. At least 50 percent of all women suffer from at least one bladder infection throughout their lifetime and men have an increased risk as they age since their prostates become larger as they grow older.

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Are bladder infections more common in men or women?
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The reason why women may experience more bladder infections than men do is unclear, but it may be due to the size of their urethra, which is around one and a half inches long, according to WebMD. The short length of a women's urethra makes it easy for bacteria to make its way into the urinary tract, leading to an infection. Another reason why women might get more bladder infections than men do can possibly be because of the location of their urethra, which is very close to the vagina and anus.

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