UTI in men

UTI Symptoms Men – how men can identify and manage their UTI

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UTI symptoms in men appear at a lesser rate than women, however, when they do happen it is important to recognise them and treat them effectively. In this article we look at the statistics behind UTI in men, what some of the causes are and how to recognise and gain treatment.

"About 60% of women and 12% of men will have at least one UTI during their lifetime".

UTI in men

UTI in men is most commonly caused by bacteria entering the urine and making its way into the urinary tract. Bacteria can be present in the urine without an infection being present, however, depending on the type and concentration of bacteria an infection may occur.

When bacteria causes an infection the bladder and urethra become red and infected. This is very similar to what happens to your throat when you have a cold. The infection can cause pain in the abdomen and sometimes the lower back, as well as make you feel like urinating more.

UTI in men can be a painful experience and result in burning sensation when peeing.

Incidence of UTI in men

About 12% of men will have at least one UTI during their lifetime. The statistic for women is about 60%.

Ascending infections are the most common cause of UTI. As the female urethra is short and intestinal bacteria tend to colonize the perineum (The section between the anus and the vulva), and the vulva itself, women tend to have more urinary tract infections that men.

Men can thank their biology for less UTI’s.

Types of UTI in men

There are diffrerent classifications of UTI in men depending on which part of the male urinary tract if infected. 

The diagram below shoes the male urinary system. Urine is formed in the kidneys and travels down the ureters into the bladder. The urine is stored in the bladder until urination occurs. The urine then travels down the urethra and exits the body.

The bacteria causing a UTI in men will travel in the opposite direction. The bacteria enters the urinary tract via the penis and the infection will start in the Urethra, travel up to the bladder and in extreme cases up into the kidney.

The following examples are categorised dependent on how much of the urinary tract is infected:

    • Urethritis: bacterial infection of the urethra
    • Cystitis: infection of the bladder
    • Pyelonephritis: bacterial infection of the kidney

A kidney infection can be extremely serious and extremely painful. You can see our article on kidney pain here which covers some of the symptoms of kidney infection.

Male Urinary Tract

UTI symptoms in men

As as already mentioned the main physical symptoms of UTI are:

    • feeling the need to urinate more
    • pain when urinating
    • pain in the abdomen or lower back

UTI can also be detected via the presence of leukocytes and/or nitrites in the urine.

Detecting UTI symptoms in men with a urine strip

The presence of leukocytes, nitrites and/or blood may be an indication of a UTI in men. The picture blow shows the important factors for a UTI in men urine test.

UTI home test strip
A urine test strip with the three measures relevant for UTI
A urine test for UTI in men can be done cheaply and easily at home. You can find more information in our article by clicking here. To do a home UTI test you need a urine test strip. The most important criteria for selecting a UTI home test is to find a urine strip which measure levels of Leukocytes, Nitrites and Blood in the urine. Below are a few popular examples to help you find what you need in your pharmacy or online:
    • DSI Dus 10 parameter
    • Acon Mission 10U
    • Roche Combur 5
    • All Test URS-10T
    • Atlas Medical Urinary Tract Infection Test
You can also speak to your local pharmacist or doctor. You can also consult our guide on our website by clicking here or reading our article on how to select a urine test dipstick by clicking here. Armed with these strips you can very quickly identify if your urine contains signs of a UTI.

Summary

UTI symptoms in men can be painful and if not treated can be dangerous. A home urine test can identify a possible UTI in men before the painful symptoms begin.

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PURI is a urinalysis app which helps you by providing templates for many popular urine strips. Simply enter your results into PURI with a few screen clicks and you will save an important part of your health record. PURI allows you to save your results and keep this important part of your health record, track your results and provides two unique views of your data and allows you to share your results with a carer, family member or medical professional.

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One Reply to “UTI Symptoms Men – how men can identify and manage their UTI”

  1. That is a really great article! I used to think that men are somehow “immune” to UTI due to their “specific” physiology. I will definitely consider some regular monitoring now. Thanks for sharing!

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