UTI Research

Goals

To provide information about women who get UTIs. Specifically to provide the following information: 1) data about age groups/demographics at highest risk for contracting a UTI, 2) data about incidence of UTIs among age groups/demographics, 3) how UTIs are treated among different age groups/demographics.

Early Findings

  • "The prevalence of UTI increases with age, and in women aged over 65 is approximately double the rate seen in the female population overall." Women in this age group are at a higher risk of UTIs depending on their health status and whether they have health factors that increase the chances of contracting a UTI, for example if they have a catheter.
  • For younger women, increased sexual activity is the primary risk factor of UTIs.
  • In adult women, UTIs have a lifetime incidence of 50-60%.
  • One study of older women found that antibiotics were used as a treatment in 75% of cases analyzed.
  • "A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that about 4 in 10 women with UTIs during early pregnancy filled a prescription for nitrofurantoin or trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole."
  • Insights published in JAMA suggests that proper use of feminine care products during menstruation is a key method of preventing UTIs in female teens.
  • Women in the 14-24 age range are among the highest risk for UTI according to prevalence statistics.
  • "Data show that females ages 15-19 have the highest incidence of uncomplicated UTIs compared to another age group."

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