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I am a 25 year old female with Type 1 Diabetes which I have had for 21 years. For the past year and a half I have suffered from kidney infections, at least 1 a month and I had never suffered from any prior to this. I have had a CT Scan, ultrasound and cystoscopy done over a year ago but nothing was found. All they found was the infection I had was uncommon and my right kidney was larger but was nothing to worry about. It is my right kidney that is always sore and I feel it niggles me constantly. My infections have varied between feeling generally unwell to full blown fever, sickness and leg pain. I was put on a course of anti-boitics for 2 months but I am still getting infections and my right kidney always seems to be sore. I was also tested for kidney disease over a year ago but again this was not found. I am worried it could be the case or that something is there but not found. Is there anything else it could be or am I just really prone to infection?
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replied March 27th, 2017

Females have a higher risk for UTIs than most males, probably because of their anatomy, because ‎their urethra is short and its exit (or entry for pathogens) is close to the anus and vagina, which can be ‎sources of pathogens. ‎

In addition, females who become sexually active seem to have a higher risk of UTI. This is due to the ‎fact that during sexual intercourse, bacteria in the perineal region (Vaginal Introitus, Anal opening) can ‎be propelled into the urethra. The resultant friction associated with sex also creates urethral tissue ‎damage increasing the severity of infections. ‎

The risk of such ascending infections to the kidney , causing damage and symptoms is more likely in such cases.

Going forward, if tests including a urinalysis, renal function tests, a renal ultrasound are all normal then there is no reason for you to worry.


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