Many of the factors that put women at risk for urinary tract infections also put them at risk for kidney infections, say researchers according to a new study.
Researchers interviewed 242 women who were treated for kidney infections. They also collected information about the women's treatment from automated databases. They then compared data from these cases to those of 546 similar women who did not have a history of kidney infections.
Results of the study showed kidney infections in women younger than 50 are linked to frequent sexual intercourse (more than three times per week), having a new sexual partner the previous year, and recent spermicide use. The infections were also linked to having a recent urinary tract infection or having a mother with a history of urinary tract infections.Researchers also found a higher risk for kidney infections among women with a history of incontinence and diabetes.
Thus researchers say more studies need to be done to understand the actual cause of urinary infections in women.