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 March 26, 2017



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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