Cystitis often starts off with just 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 such as kidney infections. 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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