Which other illnesses cause similar symptoms?
There are a number of conditions which cause the same symptoms as a bladder infection. Some sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea, can cause pain when urinating as well as abdominal pain.
The fungal infection thrush may also feel like the symptoms of a bladder infection, as it also causes a stinging sensation when you pass urine. Urethritis and inflammations of the pelvis can also cause similar symptoms as cystitis.
If you are unsure as to whether your symptoms indicate cystitis, you should speak to your GP.
If you have recently had unprotected sex and believe you may have contracted a sexually transmitted disease you should get tested as soon as possible.