Urinary tract infections often start with a faint prickly, ‘unfinished’ feeling when you’re urinating.

You might also experience other common symptoms of cystitis including:

  • A burning or stinging sensation when urinating
  • An urge to urinate frequently, but only passing small amounts of urine
  • Cloudy, bloody or strong-smelling urine
  • Pain above the pubic bone

If left untreated, cystitis can lead to serious complications. If you have any of the following symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible:

  • Blood in your urine
  • Fever
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Back pain or pain on your sides (in the kidney area)
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