1. First and foremost, being a woman
“There are anywhere from 15 to 20 cases per 10,000 women,” said Dr. Ja-Hong Kim, an associate clinical professor of urology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. “That’s compared to three to five cases per 10,000 among men.” The reason, Kim explained, is women have a shorter urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. That means bacteria have a shorter trip to the bladder.