Urethritis is inflammation of the urethra (the urine passage). The urethra is inside the penis in men (where it also carries semen), and just below the clitoris in women. The urethra is often affected by sexually transmissible infections (STIs). The symptoms of urethritis are usually discomfort passing urine and discharge from the urethra.

Diagnosing Urethritis

However, urethral infection may be present with no symptoms at all. Urethritis is diagnosed by either a urine test or by taking a swab from the urethra.

Urethritis Symptoms

Symptoms usually appear 7-28 days after infection. White, clear or yellowish discharge from the penis

Stinging or burning sensation during urination

Itching, tingling, burning or irritation inside the penis.

Pain or swelling in the testicles in advanced infections.


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Urethritis can usually be treated with a single dose of antibiotic, either orally or by injection, depending on the cause and circumstances. In some instances you may need a longer course of medication. Symptoms should start improving within a few days, but can take a week or more to resolve completely.

If left untreated, non-specific urethritis can cause complications. It can spread to the bladder which will cause pain during urinating and perhaps some bleeding. It may also spread to the testicles and cause infection or inflammation which will result in pain, swelling and tenderness of the testicles and/or rectum. If NSU spreads to the prostate there will be pain in the groin. Less commonly there may be conjunctivitis or pain and inflammation in the joints. In extreme cases it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease in women and infertility in both men and women.

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