Painful Urination: What Causes It & Treatments

Painful Urination: What Causes It & Treatments

Do you feel pain during urination? A burning sensation that can really make you feel sick and uncomfortable, this is called Dysuria. It is a symptom of pain, discomfort, or burning when urinating. It is more common in women than in men. This pain may originate in the bladder, urethra, or perineum. Painful urination is very common and normally is caused by medical conditions.

Here we will list the most common reason for experiencing Dysuria:

  1. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the leading causes of painful urination. Infections can occur in any part of the urinary tract, including:
  • Kidneys
  • Ureters (tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder)
  • Bladder
  • Urethra (tube from the bladder that carries urine out of the body)

  • Vaginal and yeast infection. Change in vaginal discharge can also be seen along with painful urination if you have this.
  • Sexually transmitted infections. Namely Genital herpes, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea if you have these itching, burning, blisters or sores for genital herpesand abnormal discharge can be experienced with dysuria.
    1. Stones in the urinary tract
    2. Irritation of the urethra from sexual activity
    3. Interstitial cystitis, a condition caused by bladder inflammation
    4. Vaginal changes related to menopause
    5. Activities such as horseback riding or bicycling
    6. Vaginal sensitivity or irritation related to use of scented soaps or bubble bath, toilet paper, or other products such as douches or spermicides
    7. Side effects from certain medications, supplements, and treatments
    8. Tumor in the urinary tract

    Normally painful urination can be treated with change in lifestyle, the food you eat and the activities that you do can ease the pain. Steer clear of scented laundry detergents and toiletries to reduce your risk of irritation. Use condoms during sexual activity to keep yourself safe from STIs. Modify your diet to eliminate food and drinks that irritate the bladder.

    Foods can be considered as irritants to avoid include alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods, citrus fruits and juices, tomato products, and artificial sweeteners. You should also avoid highly acidic foods to help your bladder heal. Try to stick with a bland diet for several weeks while you’re receiving medical treatment. 

    If you are experiencing pain in urination it is still best to contact your doctor right away for proper diagnosis.


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