Understanding the Causes of UTIs in Men: Common Risk Factors and Prevention Tips

Dr. Phil Mitchell
Medically reviewed by Dr. Phil Mitchell

What causes UTI in men?

While UTIs, or Urinary Tract Infections, are more common in women, men can also develop UTIs. The most common cause of UTIs in men is bacteria from the bowel entering the urinary tract. Here are some common risk factors for UTIs in men:

  • Enlarged prostate: An enlarged prostate can obstruct the flow of urine, increasing the risk of UTIs.
  • Urinary tract abnormalities: Urinary tract abnormalities such as a urethral stricture or bladder stones can increase the risk of UTIs.
  • Catheterization: The use of a catheter can introduce bacteria into the urinary tract and increase the risk of infection.
  • Recent urinary tract surgery: Recent urinary tract surgery can increase the risk of UTIs.
  • Sexual activity: Engaging in anal sex or having unprotected sex with a partner who has a UTI can increase the risk of UTIs in men.

If you experience symptoms of a UTI, such as pain or burning during urination, fever, or lower abdominal pain, it’s important to seek medical attention promptly. Your healthcare provider may prescribe antibiotics or recommend other treatments based on the severity of your symptoms and medical history.