Four UTI symptoms all women should be aware of

The chances of having a urinary tract infection (UTI) are particularly high for women. Chances are, you will get a urinary tract infection (UTI) at some point.

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney and Digestive Diseases, urinary tract infections result in around eight million visits to the doctor each year. By being aware of what symptoms and signs to look out for, you can prevent a UTI from turning into a more serious infection and keep yourself comfortable.


Half of all women in the UK are thought to get at least one UTI during their lifetime. Image © designer491 / Adobe Stock.

Below are four symptoms you should look out for:

1. Burning, pain or stinging when peeing

This is often the first sign of a urinary tract infection or a bacteria build up in the bladder or urethra. However, this pain needs to be consistent in order for it to mean it’s a UTI.

If you only experience this pain and burning once and it doesn’t repeat during the day, then the chances are, your body has worked to flush out the bacteria and you won’t need to worry. If it is persistent, you can start by drinking plenty of water to help flush out some bacteria and stop the growth of the infection.

2. A frequent or intense urge to urinate

If all you can focus on is how badly you need to pee, especially if you’ve just been, then you’ve probably got a UTI.

The bacteria irritate the lining of the bladder and the urethra which can make you feel like you constantly or desperately need to pee.

3. Peeing doesn’t bring the relief it should

Another red flag for a UTI is frequent urination.

A UTI can give you a false sense of having a full bladder, but only little dribbles come out when you try to go. Frequent trips to the toilet and no relief are common signs to watch out for.

4. Your urine smells

You don’t need to sniff your pee each time to go to the toilet, but a pungent, strong smell is a common sign of an infection. Be aware, however, that particular foods and drinks can also make your pee smell, such as asparagus and coffee, so be wary if you have just consumed these.

If your urine continues to smell after a few trips to the toilet and paired with a red, cloudy colour, then it’s probably a good time to seek medical advice.

If you’re suffering from all of these symptoms, then it’s definitely a good idea to seek advice from a doctor.

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