What causes urination pain?

Urination pain, including burning, pressure, or other types of discomfort, is generally a symptom of an underlying disease or disorder, including infection, inflammation, or other conditions of the urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra) or reproductive system.

Urination pain can be caused by:

  • Atrophic vaginitis (changes in the vagina due to menopause)

  • Bladder tumor or prostate cancer

  • Cervicitis (infection of the cervix by a sexually transmitted disease) or urethritis (inflammation or infection of the urethra)

  • Chemotherapy

  • Cystitis (inflammation or infection of the bladder)

  • Exposure of the genital area to irritating substances or allergens, such as perfumed soaps or spermicides

  • Genital herpes

  • Kidney stone

  • Long-term use of an indwelling bladder catheter, a tube that drains urine from the bladder

  • Prostatitis (inflammation or infection of the prostate gland)

  • Urinary tract infection (UTI), such as a bladder infection or kidney infection (pyelonephritis)

  • Vaginitis including yeast infections

What are the potential complications of urination pain?

Complications associated with urination pain vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Complications of untreated diseases, such as pyelonephritis, bladder cancer, and prostate cancer, can be serious and even life threatening. You can minimize the risk of serious complications of underlying causes of urination pain by following the treatment plan you and your health care professional design specifically for you.

Underlying causes of urination pain can lead to serious complications including:

  • Permanent kidney damage, kidney disease, and kidney failure (renal failure)

  • Septicemia (blood infection)

  • Shock

  • Spread of cancer (metastasis)

  • Urosepsis (severe urinary tract infection that has spread and led to systemic inflammation called sepsis)

INTRODUCTION

What is urination pain?

Urination is the elimination of urine from the body and is normally a painless process. When urination occurs with pain, burning, pressure, or other types of discomfort, it is generally a symptom of an underlying disease or disorder. This can include infection, inflammation, or other conditions of the urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra) or reproductive system. Urination pain i... Read more about urination painintroduction

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with urination pain?

Urination pain includes burning, pressure, or other types of discomfort before, during, or just after urination. Urination pain may occur in the urethra (the opening where urine leaves the body) as well as the bladder area in the lower abdomen or pelvis. Pain with urination may also occur in the flank or lower back, or a woman’s genital or vaginal area.

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 11, 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


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