It's important to educate yourself on some of the signs of a bladder infection, so you know when to seek immediate help. If you ignore the signs too long, you can find yourself in big trouble in the middle of the night that can find you visiting your local emergency room for immediate help instead of simply paying a much more comfortable visit to your OBGYN for treatment. Here are some of the signs your body can be giving you letting you know you may have a bladder infection.
When you have to go to the bathroom, you really have to go
If you find you are really needing to run to the bathroom due to the strong and sudden urge to urinate, then you should consider you may have a bladder infection. Normally, you will have a feeling that you have to urinate that will start small, then grow until you finally relieve yourself. This quick onset and strong desire to relieve yourself instantly isn't normal.
Pain when you urinate
If you have a stinging feeling when you urinate or experience any other kind of pain, then you may have a bladder infection. As soon as you notice that there is any type of pain when you urinate, you should call to get in to see your OBGYN as soon as they can fit you in. Even if you don't have a bladder infection, there is something causing the pain, and the sooner you have the issue diagnosed and treated, the better.
An increase in the times you urinate
If you find that you are going to the bathroom much more than you normally do, then this may be a sign that you are suffering from a bladder infection. If there is a reason for the increase, such as you have doubled the amount of water you normally drink, then you may want to just watch things. However, if you can't think of any reason for the change, then it's best to get in for an exam as soon as possible.
Your urine really stinks
In most cases, you won't notice that your urine has a strong odor to it. If you do notice that it has a strong smell to it, then this odor may be caused from a bladder infection, and you should make an appointment to see your OBGYN.
You have blood in your urine
If you see that there is any amount of blood in your urine, then you need to be seen right away. This is a sign of trouble, and in most cases that trouble is a bladder infection. In any case, you want to have yourself examined right away to be diagnosed and to be properly treated.