Nurse Practitioner Dale Ann Dorsey shares if urinary tract infections are hereditary and whether women are more susceptible to these.
Dale Ann Dorsey:
There are some women that are predisposed to urinary tract infections because of heredity. There may be some immune problems that they have inherited and in case you are wondering, bladder infections are not contagious.
One of the important things to remember is to make sure that you are wiping also from front to back. The biggest bacteria or the most common bacteria for bladder infections is E. coli.
And that is from the rectum and wiping from back to front can bring that bacteria up and that is probably the number one cause of bladder infections in women.
Women are much more susceptible to bladder infections because of our anatomy. The urethra is in such close proximity to the anus, as you see here in this diagram with the anus being right here, the urethra is right here.
There’s such a less amount of distance to travel for that bacteria to get into the urethra and cause an infection.
About Dale Ann Dorsey:
Dale Ann Dorsey, M.S.N., W.H.N.P., received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from ASU and worked in maternal/child health as a labor and delivery nurse, childbirth educator and clinical nursing instructor. She completed her Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner training at Harbor/University of California, Los Angeles, and her Master of Science in Nursing at California State University, Long Beach. Before entering private practice, she worked at 2 valley OB/GYN offices and the ASU Student Health Center. She is also an Associate Faculty at ASU College of Nursing. She believes in providing patient care with a holistic perspective, incorporating mind-body-spirit and brings over 20 years experience to her practice.