Updated: August 26, 2011

"Sports injuries oroverly strenuous exercise cancompress spinal discs and damagethe nerves that control yourbladder," she explains. "As aresult, the organ doesn't emptyproperly, leaving behind bacteriathat can cause infections." Thiscan happen when your spinalalignment is off-say, from liftingtoo-heavy weights or sittingimproperly on an exercise bike."Pay attention to when yoursymptoms occur," says Gillespie."Many women wrongly assumethat sex, which can also introduceinfection-causing bacteria, isalways responsible for their UTIs."

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