By Mayo Clinic Staff

Painful urination (dysuria) is discomfort or burning with urination, usually felt in the tube that carries urine out of your bladder (urethra) or the area surrounding your genitals (perineum).

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.

Make an appointment to see your doctor if:

  • Your painful urination persists
  • You have drainage or discharge from your penis or vagina
  • You see blood in your urine
  • You have a fever
  • You have back pain or pain in your side (flank pain)
  • You pass a kidney or bladder (urinary tract) stone

If you're pregnant, tell your doctor about any pain you have when you urinate.

Aug. 27, 2014