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. In women, urinary tract infections are a common cause of painful urination. In men, urethritis and certain prostate conditions are frequent causes of a painful urination.
Medical conditions and external factors that can cause painful urination include:
- Prostatitis (infection or inflammation of the prostate)
- Bladder and kidney stones
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Cystitis (bladder inflammation)
- Having a recent urinary tract procedure performed, including use of urologic instruments for testing or treatment
- Kidney infection (pyelonephritis)
- Soaps, perfumes, and other personal care products
- Urethral structure (narrowing of the urethra)
- Urethritis (infection of the urethra)
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Yeast infection (vaginal) Some medications, such as those used in cancer treatment, that have bladder irritation as a side effect
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