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Bladder infections are a common problem in women (rare in men, however). The most reported symptom of bladder infections is a burning or painful sensation when urinating. Other signs include a frequent urge to urinate and/or passing small amounts of urine despite the urge. Symptoms of a bladder infection can be vague and could actually be an STD that causes similar symptoms.
When experiencing possible bladder infection symptoms, it’s important to know that other conditions can cause these symptoms. Possible causes include:
STD testing can determine if symptoms are caused by the STDs chlamydia and gonorrhea. If testing returns negative, a doctor can determine other causes.
If symptoms are caused by chlamydia or gonorrhea, antibiotics can clear up these infections. It’s important to finished STD treatment and make sure than any partners are treated to avoid reinfection. If symptoms are caused by another condition, a doctor can administer treatment.