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Uncertainty and confusion around the symptoms of common Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) is causing people to mistake them for other conditions. In some cases the confusion leads to worries over cancer, diabetes, dementia and ovarian cysts according to new research from TestCard.

Social media data analysing 28,000 posts about UTIs from 16,000 women saw mass confusion around the symptoms of a UTI. In 6% of all posts fear of a more serious condition being the root of the symptoms was identified. The analysis further showed ‘fear’ was expressed in almost a third of all posts (31%) on UTIs.

UTIs such as cystitis can make life miserable for many. It’s estimated half of all women in the UK will have a UTI at least once in their lifetime*. They can cause uncomfortable and painful symptoms such as burning when urinating, frequency of urination without passing much urine, bloody or cloudy urine...

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