What Are the Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections?
The symptoms of urinary tract infections include:
Pain or burning during urination
Abdominal pain in the area over the bladder (above the pubic bone)
A need to urinate immediately, as soon as any urine collects in the bladder
Need to urinate frequently
Passage of small amounts of urine at a time
Need to get up from sleep to urinate
Low back or flank pain
Pain behind the scrotum
Painful ejaculation or, rarely, bloody semen
Symptoms such as fever or chills or nausea suggest the presence of a more serious infection, such as a kidney infection, and should receive immediate medical attention. Pregnant women may not have any symptoms of infection, so their urine should be checked during their regular prenatal doctor visits.
Women should urinate right after sexual intercourse.
Women should wipe from front to back after urinating or having a bowel movement.
Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
Drink cranberry juice or any citrus juice.
Use a form of contraception other than a diaphragm and/or spermicidal jelly.
Women should use vaginal estrogen cream if they are past menopause.
Women should avoid bubble baths, which do not cause infections but can irritate the urinary tract.