A number of conditions can cause painful urination. In women, the most common cause of painful urination is a urinary tract infection. In men, urethritis and certain prostate conditions are the most frequent causes of painful urination.

Common medical conditions and external causes of painful urination include:

  1. Bladder stones
  2. Chlamydia
  3. Cystitis (bladder infection)
  4. Drugs, such as those used in cancer treatment, that have bladder irritation as a side effect
  5. Genital herpes
  6. Gonorrhea
  7. Having a recent urinary tract procedure performed, including use of urologic instruments for testing or treatment
  8. Kidney infection
  9. Kidney stones
  10. Prostatitis (prostate inflammation)
  11. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  12. Soaps, perfumes and other personal care products
  13. Urethral stricture (narrowing of the urethra)
  14. Urethritis (infection of the urethra)
  15. Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  16. Vaginitis (vaginal infection)
  17. Yeast infection (vaginal)

Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.

Aug. 27, 2014