What is a UTI? Understanding Urinary Tract Infections

Dr. Phil Mitchell
Medically reviewed by Dr. Phil Mitchell

What is a UTI?

A UTI or Urinary Tract Infection is a common condition that affects the urinary system, which includes the bladder, kidneys, ureters, and urethra. It is caused by bacteria that enter the urinary tract through the urethra and multiply in the bladder or other parts of the urinary system.

Symptoms of a UTI include a strong, persistent urge to urinate, a burning sensation when urinating, passing frequent, small amounts of urine, cloudy or strong-smelling urine, and pelvic pain. Women are more prone to UTIs than men due to their shorter urethra.

If you suspect you have a UTI, it is important to see a healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment. With proper care and prevention, you can reduce your risk of developing UTIs and maintain good urinary tract health.