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Urine infection (UTI) in women

Senior-taking-medicineUrine (wee) infections (also known as UTIs or cystitis) are common in women. They are usually easily treated with short courses of antibiotics.

Symptoms of a urine infection include having to urinate more often than usual, burning, stinging and fever.

Around half of all women will have a urine infection in their lifetime. Some women get repeat infections, which is known as recurrent cystitis.

Sometimes the infection can spread up the urinary system, infecting the kidneys. This is called pyelonephritis and can make you very unwell.

It is important to see a doctor if you have symptoms of an infection and they do not go away quickly on their own.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director, Urology, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed May 2016.


See also:

Interstitial cystitis

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