What are the symptoms of urethritis?

Some people who have urethritis do not have any symptoms. Some symptoms, such as burning with urination, urinary frequency or urgency, and lower abdominal or pelvic pain, resemble those of a bladder infection. Other symptoms can include discharge, pain during sexual intercourse, and fever.

Common symptoms of urethritis

Common symptoms of urethritis include:

  • Abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Blood in the semen (hematospermia)
  • Bloody or pink-colored urine (hematuria)
  • Frequent urination
  • Itching feeling of the penis or groin
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Pain or burning with urination
  • Pain with ejaculation
  • Urgent need to urinate
  • Vaginal or penile discharge

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, complications of urethritis can be life threatening. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Severe nausea and vomiting
  • Severe pelvic or abdominal pain


What is urethritis?

Inflammation of the urethra, the small tube through which urine flows to exit the body, is called urethritis. Urethritis can be caused by irritation or infection. Sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea and Chlamydia, are common causes of urethritis. Other infectious agents that can cause urethritis include Mycop... Read more about urethritisintroduction


What causes urethritis?

Urethritis has both infections and non-infectious causes. Non-infectious causes of urethritis include physical injury or trauma and chemical irritation from soaps, spermicides, lubricants, bubble baths, or other substances.

Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis infections are two common, sexually transmitted causes of urethritis. Urethritis caused by N gonorrhoeae is ofte... Read more about urethritiscauses


How is urethritis treated?

Treatment of urethritis begins with seeking regular medical care throughout your life. Regular medical care allows a health care professional to provide early screening tests. Regular medical care also provides an opportunity for your health care professional to evaluate your symptoms and your risks for developing urethritis promptly.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 20, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

This Article is Filed Under: Kidneys and the Urinary System, Sexual Health

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