What Are the Symptoms of UTIs?

If you have a urinary tract infection (UTI), you may have:

  • Pain or burning when you pee
  • Pain in your lower belly, over the bladder (above your pubic bone)
  • An urge to pee right away and often
  • Only being able to pee out small amounts of urine at a time
  • Low back pain


Your urine may be:

  • Cloudy
  • Bloody
  • Bad smelling


Men can get UTIs, too. They may have:

  • Pain behind the scrotum
  • Painful ejaculation or, rarely, bloody semen


If you have symptoms such as a fever, chills, or nausea, it might be a more serious infection, such as a kidney infection, so call your doctor right away.

A UTI during pregnancy is concerning. If you have symptoms, see your doctor ASAP. During your prenatal checkups, you’ll regularly get a urine test to check for a UTI.



Call Your Doctor If:

  • You have any pain, burning, or other problems when you pee.
  • You notice blood in your urine.
  • You start to pee often and in small amounts.
  • You have to urinate very urgently.
  • You have back pain or pain in the area over your bladder.
  • You notice that your urine appears cloudy or dark, or that it smells bad.
  • You get a fever or chills.


Referenced on 24/8/2021

  1. https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/uti-symptoms
  2. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
  3. American Academy of Family Physicians.
  4. The Urology Institute.
  5. WomensHealth.gov: “Urinary Tract Infection Fact Sheet.”
  6. American Urological Association.
  7. Urology Care Foundation.

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