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.

Painful urination can be caused by a number of conditions and certain substances, including:

  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. Soaps, perfumes and other personal care products
  8. Kidney infection
  9. Kidney stones
  10. Prostatitis (prostate inflammation)
  11. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  12. Vaginitis (vaginal infection)
  13. Urethral stricture (narrowing of the urethra)
  14. Urinary tract infection
  15. 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