Bacterial & Bodily Infections: Symptoms & Causes
For most boys and girls, healthy bacteria grow in their reproductive organs, including their vaginas and penises. Much of this bacteria helps to keep us healthy, and controls the overgrowth of bad bacteria. However sometimes, in the fight of good bacteria versus bad bacteria, the bad side wins. When this happens, infections including Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and yeast infections, can occur in both boys and girls. Learn more here.
UTIs and yeast infections can be caused by something simple, like a lowered resistance to bad bacteria because you are stressed, not getting enough sleep, or have another infection your body. Other causes include douching (using scented sprays on or in your vagina) or small bits of feces can enter the urethra during sex play or even when toilet water back splashes. Unprotected anal intercourse is a very high-risk behavior for urinary tract infections.
Urinary Tract Infections (UITs)
Urinary Tract Infections are common infections in women (less common in men) that can make you feel like you need to urinate all the time, even when your bladder is nearly empty and can cause a burning sensation when you urinate.
Yeast Infections, Vaginitis & Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
Yeast infections and vaginitis are some of the most common reasons why women see a health care provider. Many women have yeast infections or other kinds of vaginitis more than once. It usually is not serious. But it can be annoying and uncomfortable.