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 fever, chills, or nausea, it might be a more serious infection, such as a kidney infection, so call your doctor right away. If you’re pregnant, you might not know if you have a UTI, so you’ll get a urine test at your regular prenatal checkups.

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.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Trina Pagano, MD on 6/, 017



National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

American Academy of Family Physicians.

The Urology Institute.

WomensHealth.gov: “Urinary Tract Infection Fact Sheet.”

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