Harvard Women's Health Watch

When urinary tract infections keep coming back

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If you are prone to bothersome UTIs, you can head them off before they take hold.

Unless you're in the fortunate minority of women who have never had a urinary tract infection (UTI), you know the symptoms well. You might feel a frequent urgency to urinate yet pass little urine when you go. Your urine might be cloudy, blood-tinged, and strong-smelling. You could have pelvic pain and even chills and fever. For 30% to 40% of women who've had a UTI, the infection returns within a few months.

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