• A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection occurring anywhere along the urinary tract. The parts of the urinary tract include the bladder, kidneys, ureters and urethra.


    Women are more likely to get urinary tract infections because they have a shorter urethra. Women can also be more susceptible to UTIs after sexual intercourse or after using contraception.

    Urinary Symptoms

    Urinary tract infections in women may cause several different urinary symptoms. Some of these include pain or burning, frequency, discharge, smelly urine and bloody urine.

    Abdominal Symptoms

    UTI infections, especially infections of the bladder, may cause abdominal pain or cramps. UTIs may also cause nausea and vomiting.

    Additional Symptoms

    Other symptoms may be fever or chills, night sweats or skin flushing.


    Women with a UTI normally need antibiotics for three days, compared to seven to 14 days for men. Common antibiotics include amoxicillin, Augmentin, doxycycline and fluoroquinolones.


    University of Maryland Medical Center: Urinary tract infection in women

    Medline Plus: Urinary tract infection - adults

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