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What are the signs and symptoms of a bladder infection in women?

Because cystitis is seen more commonly in women, most signs and symptoms listed below pertain to cystitis in women unless otherwise indicated.

General symptoms of bladder infection may include:

  • Dysuria (painful urination)
  • Urinary frequency
  • Urinary urgency (urge to urinate)
  • Hesitancy to void urine
  • Bladder pain (pain around the pelvic area)
  • Incomplete voiding of urine
  • Urinary incontinence (involuntary loss of urine)

Fevers, chills, nausea, vomiting, and poor oral intake are rarely seen in bladder infection, although they are more common in more severe urinary infections such as kidney infection.

Some common signs of bladder infection are:

  • Lower abdominal tenderness
  • Blood in urine (hematuria)
  • Tenderness on the sides of the back (flanks)
  • Foul-smelling urine
  • In elderly patients, lethargy or confusion may be the only signs
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Comment from: Vd, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I've had quite a few urinary tract infections (UTIs) but this last one has been different. I tried to self-treat it with cranberry juice, etc. After 2weeks I started having a stinging pain in my bladder region, then cramps. Now I've been on antibiotics for 5 days, but the abdominal pain is the same. Urologist has no answer for me. Thanks!

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Comment from: h9096, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 16

I've had chronic bladder infections for almost 2 years now. Sometimes I can recognize my symptoms, other times I don't know I have one until I'm suddenly in extreme pain and decide to make a visit to the emergency room. More often than not I present with painful urination and frequency, but that's about it. When they go unnoticed, I often develop somewhat extreme abdominal pain (usually middle to lower area) and diarrhea, along with lots of spasming in my lower abdomen. Like any medical condition, it's always important to get checked out, even if it could be nothing, because it also could be something. Listen to your body!

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