Symptoms of a urinary tract infection
There’s nothing pleasant about suffering from a urinary tract infection — just ask anyone who’s experienced one. Unfortunately they’re extremely common among women, mainly due to a woman’s anatomy. “In women, it’s common to have bladder infections because their urethra tends to be very short,” explains Dr. Erika Feuerstein, a family physician and educational director at the Bay Centre for Birth Control at the Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. “And it’s close to the anal opening.” Meaning it’s easy for bacteria like E. coli to transfer back up into the bladder. Think you might have one? Some of the signs can be subtle. Read on to find out what they are.