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Cystitis Symptoms

Do I have a urinary tract infection?

Dr Louisa Draper

"Bladder infections tend to heal within three to five days, which means your symptoms should improve within that time frame. Some women find that keeping their abdomen warm, for example with a hot water bottle, can help alleviate symptoms of abdominal pain. "

Dr Louisa Draper

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Cystitis causes abdominal pain
Cystitis (bladder infection) is a very common condition, which can cause a range of symptoms. It is estimated that one in three women experience the symptoms of a bladder infection at some point in their lives.

The most common symptoms of urine infections in women are:

  • pain during urination
  • needing to urinate frequently (but sometimes only passing small amounts of urine)
  • dark, cloudy or smelly urine
  • traces of blood in the urine
  • abdominal or back pain
  • fever and feeling weak

In mild cases, the symptoms will disappear without treatment. If your cystitis recurs frequently or you are suffering from more severe symptoms you may wish to consider an antibiotic to treat cystitis.