We all have had painful urinations at some point of our life. Painful urinations are quite a discomfort which sometimes makes you hold your pee in order to avoid the pain. This is termed as dysuria. This pain may originate in the bladder, urethra, or perineum. The urethra is the tube that carries urine outside of your body.
What causes painful urination?
- Urinary Tract Infection(UTI)
A UTI can be the result of a bacterial infection. It can also be due to inflammation of the urinary tract. People who are pregnant or menopausal also have an increased risk of developing urinary tract infections.
- Sexually Transmitted Infection(STI)
Painful urination right after you have sex is common. If it persists you might have contracted STI. Some of the common STI are
Genital Herpes, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. It is always a good idea to get yourself tested for STIs if you are sexually active as they do not have symptoms.
This indicates that your urethra has become inflamed due to bacterial infection which often causes painful urination.
This is inflammation of your bladder lining. Symptoms include tenderness in bladder and pelvic region.
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
This affects the fallopain tubes, ovaries, cervix, and uterus It can cause pain in the abdomen, painful sex, and painful urination. PID is a serious infection that is usually caused by an initial bacterial infection in the vagina that then moves into the reproductive organs.
WHAT TO DO?
Determining the cause of the pain will be the first step before treatment. And consult a doc if pain persists for a long period of time. Painful urination due to a bacterial infection usually improves fairly quickly after you start taking medication. Always take the medication exactly as your doctor prescribes.
HOW TO PREVENT?
- Steer clear of synthetically scented products.
- Use condoms or other methods of protection during sexual activity.
- Eliminate food and drinks that can irritate the bladder (such as highly acidic food, caffeine and alcohol)
- Stay well hydrated