There’s no shame in getting a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). The urinary tract is the name for the body’s urinary system, which includes the bladder, the ureters, the kidneys and the urethra (where wee comes out).
Cystitis is a common UTI. It occurs when the bacteria that live in the bowel get into the urethra (the urinary canal). They can sometimes make their way up to the bladder, where they can cause inflammation. As the opening to the urethra is close to the anus, it’s quite easy for bacteria to get into it.