Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): Symptoms
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a type of infection that occurs in the urinary system, most commonly in the bladder and urethra. UTIs are caused when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply. This eventually leads to an infection.
These infections are more common in women because the female urethra is shorter than a male’s, making it easier for bacteria to enter the bladder. Nonetheless, UTIs can occur in men as well. UTIs can be painful and uncomfortable. They can cause serious complications if left untreated without medical treatment.
UTI symptoms for women and men can have some commonalities. These may include:
- Strong, persistent, urge to urinate, even when you just emptied your bladder
- Passing small amounts of urine
- Burning or pain during urination
- Cloudy looking urine
- Red or pink-colored urine
- Urine with a strong smell
A UTI symptom for women may also show up as pain in the pelvic area. UTI symptoms for men can differ and may sometimes overlap with other prostate symptoms. Evaluating the underlying cause of the symptoms you are experiencing is essential to getting the right treatment.
Depending on the location of the infection other symptoms may also occur. For example, if the infection is in the kidneys, you might experience back or side pain, fever, chills, nausea or vomiting in addition to the symptoms described above.
Urinary Tract Infections: Causes
UTIs are commonly caused by a bacteria called Escherichia coli (E.coli). This type of bacteria lives in our digestive tract and due to women’s anatomy, it can be easily transferred to the urethra.
Sexual intercourse can increase the chance of UTIs in women, but that is not always the cause. Menopause, pregnancy, and certain types of birth control may also increase the chance of UTIs.
Other causes of UTI symptoms for men and women include:
- Blockages, like kidney stones or prostate problems for men
- Urinary tract abnormalities
- Suppressed immunity
- Catheter use
- Recent urinary surgery or procedure
While you can experience different causes and symptoms of UTIs, medical treatment is required to help prevent complications.
Other Conditions GoHealth Urgent Care Treats
Painful urination or pain in the pelvic area can not only be a sign of a UTI, but also other genital or urinary-related conditions. At GoHealth Urgent Care we can help with those as well.
Other medical conditions we can help diagnose and treat include:
- Vaginal yeast infections
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Sexually transmitted diseases (testing and treatment)
- Vaginal discomfort
- Kidney stones
- Other urinary problems
Note that we do not offer pap smears, HPV testing or other routine annual gynecological visits. We would be happy to connect you with an in-network provider if needed.
For more information about how GoHealth Urgent Care can help you and the services offered, please visit our services page.