Urinary Tract Infection

A bladder infection is a bacterial infection of the bladder. It is also sometimes known as a urinary tract infection because the urinary tract includes the bladder, urethra, ureters, and kidneys.

Women's Health Partners will give you the right course of treatment to heal a UTI if it occurs.

Although an uncomplicated bladder infection is often easily treated with a short course of antibiotics, it can be considerably uncomfortable for the person who has it.

Factors that can increase the risk of getting a bladder infection.

  • frequent sexual intercourse

  • having sexual intercourse with a new partner

  • using a diaphragm and a spermicide for birth control

  • not urinating immediately after sexual intercourse

  • having diabetes

  • having a bladder or kidney infection within the past 12 months

  • changes in the urinary system

Urinary Tract Infection

Symptoms

  • pain or burning when urinating

  • urgent and frequent need to urinate, often passing small quantities of urine

  • discomfort in the lower abdomen

  • offensive-smelling urine

  • cloudy urine

  • blood in the urine