Managing Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) In Men

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection located in the urinary system. Urinary infections can be located in the bladder, the urethra, the kidneys and the ureters (tubes that allow the urine to travel from the kidneys to the bladder). Areas most affected with UTIs are the bladder and the urethra, but the other areas can also sometimes be affected. 

The female anatomy makes it easier for infection causing bacteria to reach the bladder. This is why women tend to be more susceptible to develop urinary tract infections than men. A majority of urinary tract infections in men are caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). 

How Does BPH Cause Urinary Tract Infections?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia occurs when the prostate enlarges and blocks a part of the urethra. When this happens, the urine flow is much weaker and can prevent the bladder from emptying completely. Bacteria can grow from the remaining urine, hence triggering an infection.   

Not all men who have BPH will develop UTIs. However, the risk of developing a urinary tract infection is much higher for men with BPH. 

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Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms in Men

Urinary tract infections are rare in men. However, having one or more of the following symptoms might mean you have a UTI: 

  • Frequent urination 
  • Urgency (intense urge to urinate) 
  • Dysuria (painful urination or a burning sensation during or after urination) 
  • Cloudy or foul smelling urine 
  • Fever
  • Blood in the urine 
  • Trouble urinating

Because some of these symptoms can be caused by BPH or other conditions such as diabetes or kidney stones, it is important to seek medical help if you are experiencing any these symptoms. Chronic urinary tract infections can also be linked to an inflammation or infection of the prostate.  

The cause of the urinary tract infection will determine the long term treatment, if any. However, UTI treatment usually includes antibiotics.

How to Prevent UTIs

There is no way to prevent UTIs. However, a few lifestyle changes can significantly decrease the chances of getting a UTI: 

  • Keep your BPH symptoms under control by learning how to cope with BPH symptoms (including staying active and avoiding stress, caffeine and alcohol) 
  • Urinate after sex 
  • Practice good hygiene by keeping your genitals clean and dry 


Remember that if your urinary tract infections are caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia, managing your BPH will be the best way to reduce your chances of getting another UTI.

If lifestyle changes are not enough and your symptoms are becoming too difficult to manage, do not wait and seek medical attention. Several treatments are available to reduce BPH symptoms.

If you want to take control of your BPH symptoms and avoid developing urinary tract infections, take the one-minute BPH quiz