Ask the Experts: Are UTIs More Common in the Summer?

Ask the Experts: Are UTIs More Common in the Summer?

Each year, urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for about 10 million doctor visits. A UTI can occur when bacteria gets into your urine and travels up to your bladder. Women are four times more likely than men to get a UTI. Your chances of getting a UTI are more common in the summer this is the time of year when the weather is warmer and it's easier for germs or bacteria to grow.

Dehydration can lead to UTIs. With summer temperatures reaching the highest point of the year, not staying hydrated could make a UTI more common. Holding in your urine for longer periods of time because you're outside and can't get to a clean bathroom may also contribute to UTIs.

More sexual activity tends to happen in the summer, and this may lead to more people getting UTIs as the weather warms up. Urinating after sex may lower the risk of UTIs by flushing out bacteria that may have gotten into the urinary tract during sex.

For more information about UTIs, read our UTI Condition Article.

Lisa N. Hawes, MD is a practicing general urologist with Chesapeake Urology Associates (CUA) in the greater Baltimore, Md. region.