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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. 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)
  • Vaginitis
  • Yeast infection (vaginal) Some medications, such as those used in cancer treatment, that have bladder irritation as a side effect

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