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. Ingredients in personal-care products, such as soaps or perfumes
  8. Kidney infection
  9. Kidney stones
  10. Prostatitis (prostate inflammation)
  11. Sexually transmitted diseases
  12. Vaginitis (vaginal infection)
  13. Urethritis (infection 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. 20, 2011