How Do I Know If I Have a UTI?

January 29, 2016

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are an unpleasant and uncomfortable condition that affect roughly 50 percent of the female population. A UTI occurs when bacteria gets into the urethra. This bacteria can travel up the urethra to the bladder and kidneys, so it is important to seek out treatment as soon as possible. However, it can sometimes be difficult to tell if discomfort is caused by a UTI or other issues with the reproductive or urinary system. Here is how you can figure out whether or not you have a UTI.

UTI Symptoms

The most common symptom of a UTI is a burning feeling while urinating, and a constant urge to urinate. If the infection has traveled farther up the urinary system, you may feel pain and pressure in your lower back and stomach. Urine may appear dark, cloudy, or even bloody. If the UTI has reached your kidneys, you may feel tired, and you might get a fever or chills.

Rule Out Other Possibilities

Sometimes, the symptoms of a UTI may be similar to the symptoms of many medical conditions. A sexually transmitted infection (STI) can also cause painful urination, but a STI is often accompanied by rashes and abnormal discharge. Appendicitis can cause painful urination, but unlike a UTI, it affects bowel movements and the pain is higher up the torso.

Talk to the Medical Professionals at OB-GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch

Since a UTI shares symptoms with many other conditions, the best thing to do if you suspect that you have a UTI is seek advice from a general physician or a gynecologist. Contact the doctors at OB-GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch for more information about UTIs or any of your gynecological needs.