Common cUTI Symptoms

Common cUTI symptoms




Symptoms for cUTI are varied and cover four main categories.  People can experience symptoms from all four categories or just one:


Stress Urinary Incontinence

–       Cough/sneeze incontinence

–       Exercise incontinence

–       Laughing incontinence

–       Passive incontinence

–       Bending incontinence

–       Standing incontinence


Over Active Bladder

–       Urgency

–       Urgency incontinence

–       Latchkey urgency

–       Latchkey incontinence

–       Waking urgency

–       Waking incontinence

–       Running water urgency

–       Running water incontinence

–       Cold urgency

–       Anxiety urgency

–       Premenstrual aggravation



–       Suprapubic pain

–       Filling bladder pain

–       Voiding bladder pain

–       Post-void bladder pain

–       Pain fully relieved by voiding

–       Pain unrelieved by voiding

–       Loin pain

–       Iliac Fossa pain

–       Pain radiating to genitals

–       Pain radiating to legs

–       Dysuria (painful urination)

–       Urethral pain



–       Hesitancy

–       Reduced stream

–       Intermittent stream

–       Straining to void

–       Terminal dribbling

–       Post-void dribbling

–       Double voiding

(Symptoms list researched and compiled by Professor James Malone-Lee, Emeritus Professor of Nephrology, UCL, and Head of the Community LUTS Service, Whittington Hospital, London)

Patients report that common triggers that bring on or increase symptoms include:  sexual intercourse, internal gynaecological procedures, vigorous exercise such as horse riding and cycling, stress, alcohol and some foods that individuals are sensitive to.

It’s important to be aware that you don’t need to have burning/painful urination (dysuria) to have a UTI.  This is a well-known classic acute UTI symptom, but is far less common with cUTI.