Painful Urination

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Painful urination

Painful urination (dysuria) is discomfort or burning with urination, usually felt in the tube that carries urine out of your bladder (urethra) or the area surrounding your genitals (perineum).

A number of conditions can cause painful urination (dysuria). In women, urinary tract infections are a common cause of painful urination. In men, urethritis and certain prostate conditions are frequent causes of painful urination.

Medical conditions and external factors that can cause painful urination include:

    Bladder stones
    Chlamydia trachomatis
    (bladder infection)
    Drugs, such as those used in cancer treatment, that have bladder irritation as a side effect
    Genital herpes
    Having a recent urinary tract procedure performed, including use of urologic instruments for testing or treatment
    Kidney infection
    Kidney stones
    Prostatitis (infection or inflammation of the prostate)
    Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
    Soaps, perfumes and other personal care products
    Urethral stricture (narrowing of the urethra)
    Urethritis (infection of the urethra)
    Urinary tract infection (UTI)
    Vaginitis (vaginal infection)

Painful urination