Urinary Tract Infections
Signs and Symptoms
The symptoms of UTI can include:
- Pain or burning with urination
- Lower abdominal pain or pressure
- The need to urinate frequently
- The urine may look cloudy or darker in color or it may appear bloody
A fever, flank pain, nausea or vomiting accompanying any of these symptoms could signal that the infection has reached the kidneys, and you should seek immediate medical attention.
However, some women, especially older women, may have very subtle or no symptoms. If you experience a sudden increase in the need to urinate often, or start to leak urine involuntarily, UTI could be the cause — especially if this is a new problem.
UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.