What is UTI? UTI stands for Urinary Tract Infection. The urinary tract is a term for the parts of the body that are involved in making and passing urine.
- Kidneys, two bean-shaped organs that clean the blood by removing waste products (urine)
- Ureters, the tubes through which urine flows from the kidneys to the bladder
- Bladder, the organ that holds urine until it is discharged
- Urethra, the tube through which urine flows from the bladder out of the body
What Causes UTIs?
UTIs occur when bacteria (or germs) enter the urinary tract and multiply, causing an infection. This infection can occur in any part of the urinary tract and may spread to other parts. In most cases, bacteria enters the urinary tract through the urethra and travel up to the bladder, where they multiply.