Are constant urinary tract infections (UTIs) ruining your life? Have you been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome and told you must learn to live with it?

CUTIC – the Chronic Urinary Tract Infection Campaign – was started by people like just you. We know first hand the pain and misery of living with a long-term infection. We’re campaigning for better recognition and treatment for sufferers.

Our information and advice is based on the latest research and has been put together with the help of doctors specialising in chronic UTI.

Chronic UTI – commonly asked questions

What is chronic UTI and how do I know if I have it?

Chronic UTI often starts when a simple infection is left untreated or fails to get better with standard treatments. Read about how and why chronic UTI develops.

I feel like I have a UTI but my tests are negative

Sound familiar? Find out why dipstick tests and urine cultures fail to detect many urinary tract infections.

I’ve been told I have interstitial cystitis (IC) or painful bladder syndrome (PBS)

Evidence suggests many people diagnosed with IC or PBS and other bladder conditions could be suffering from an untreated bacterial infection.

What treatment is there for chronic UTI?

It can take time to find the right combination of treatment or treatments to successfully reduce your symptoms and the infection. We explain current treatment options for chronic UTI.

Practical advice

How do I speak to my doctor about this?

Current guidelines for GPs don’t even mention chronic UTI. We know it can be difficult to explain all this and describe your symptoms in a short doctor’s appointment. Our GP information sheet gives advice on how best to help patients and explains the problems with testing.

How do I manage and treat chronic UTI?

Our friends at Chronic UTI Info have lots of useful advice on managing your illness. Including a list of specialists who treat chronic UTI, an overview of complementary medicines and alternative practitioners.

My child suffers from UTIs

Many children suffer from chronic UTI. Our help sheet offers advice for parents.

Get support

Having a chronic UTI can feel incredibly isolating, but you are not alone. Men, women and children get UTIs. Some CUTIC supporters have shared their stories.

If you would like to speak to someone Bladder Health UK run an advice line. One day a week you can speak to a continence nurse and urogynaelocogical nurse. Call 0121 702 0820.

Bladder Health UK also provide information, advice and support for chronic UTI sufferers on their website and run patient forums where you can talk to others.