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A 20-year-old female asked:

Can endometriosis cause occasional symptoms of a uti?

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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 15 years experience
Rarely: Dysuria, or burning with urination, is not caused by endometriosis and should be investigated as a uti. However, the abdominal symptoms of uti, including suprapubic discomfort, could sometimes be caused by endometriosis. Typically endometriosis causes abdominopelvic pain that is distinct from uti; until a certain alternate diagnosis is made, UTI symptoms should be worked up as uti.
Dr. Cindy Mosbrucker
Urogynecology 31 years experience
Yes: Endometriosis is frequently associated with interstitial cystitis. This is where you feel like you have a UTI but there are no bacteria. In many patients the endo causes so many impulses along the pelvic nerves that the signals start going backwards and cause neurogenic inflammation that triggers the bladder pain and sensitivity. All causes of pelvic pain need to be identified for adequate relief.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

Can endometriosis cause UTI like symptoms?

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Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine 19 years experience
Yes: It can cause pelvic, bladder and GI symptoms. So there is a lot of overlap between the symptoms related to different causes of chronic pain such as ulcerative colitis, interstitial cystitis and endometriosis.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Is a UTI only when you have symptoms? Could there be a UTI off and on, but only sometimes causing symptoms?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Complicated: Generally UTI is broken down into upper vs. Lower tract infection. Chronic pyelonephritis can be asymptomatic. Cystitis, or lower tract infection, is seldom without symptoms. You should consult with a urologist.

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Last updated Feb 7, 2021

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