Painful urination (dysuria)

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Definition

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).

Causes

A number of conditions can cause painful urination. In women, the most common cause of painful urination is a urinary tract infection. In men, urethritis and certain prostate conditions are the most frequent causes of painful urination.

Common medical conditions and external causes of painful urination include:

  • Bladder stones
  • Chlamydia
  • Cystitis (bladder infection)
  • Drugs, such as those used in cancer treatment, that have bladder irritation as a side effect
  • Genital herpes
  • Forgotten (retained) tampon
  • Having a recent urinary tract procedure performed, including use of urologic instruments for testing or treatment
  • Kidney infection
  • Kidney stones
  • Prostatitis (prostate inflammation)
  • 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)
  • Yeast infection (vaginal)

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