More than fifty per cent of women will get at least one urinary tract infection (UTI) in their lifetime, and many will experience recurrent UTIs, according to Medical News Today. Often caused by E. coli, a bacteria usually found in the digestive system, the infection can be easily treated, but if not properly taken care of, it can lead to serious complications.
Untreated UTI's can have negative effects on the urethra, kidney, and bladder, including causing permanent damage, which could be fatal when the bacteria enters the bloodstream.
To avoid such problems, especially when you're sexually active or menopausal, it's important to be able to recognize the symptoms associated with UTIs, so you know exactly what to look for.
1. Frequent urge to urinate
When you spend a good chunk of your day taking trips to the bathroom because you have persistent urges to pee, then there's a chance that you have a UTI. The feeling that you need to urinate frequently is brought on by the bacteria that's irritating the urethra and the bladder's lining.
2. Burning sensation when urinating
Now that you've made it to the bathroom, peeing becomes a nightmare because there's a burning sensation when the urine trickles down. This doesn't necessarily mean that you have a full-blown infection, but if the stinging continues and you start to experience other symptoms, then it's time to seek treatment.
3. Strong-smelling urine
While eating certain foods, like asparagus, can cause your urine to smell, it shouldn't last longer than a couple of hours. If there's a consistently strong and pungent smell every time you take a pee break, then it may be time to call the doctor.