Infections of the urinary system are the common to women. In fact, the risk of urinary tract infections (UTI) is twice as high in women compared to men. A number of anatomical and physiological peculiarities in women are responsible for this. The first peculiarity is the length of the female urethra (the tube which transports urine from the bladder where it is normally stored, to the outside). Women have a much shorter urethra compared to men. The second is the closeness of the anus to the female urethra. This means that the germs which cause infections of the urinary tract can easily enter through the urethra opening lying just a few centimeters in front of the anus, and move up to infect any of the organs making up the urinary system.

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Dr. Abayomi Ogunwale is a Nigerian physician with a medical degree from the University of Ibadan and a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Texas, Houston. He has extensive training in women health and is passionate about channeling his abilities and experiences into projects which will improve the lives of women worldwide. His literary articles have appeared in several online and print platforms like Subjective Substance, Sentinel Quarterly Literary Magazine, and Klorofyl magazine. His political commentaries have also been published in national dailies and online platforms like Sahara Reporters and the Nigerian Village Square. Abayomi loves God, people and truth. He blogs regularly at, diaryoffaith.blogspot.

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