What is painful urination (dysuria)?

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Painful urination or "dysuria" is any discomfort you experience when urinating. Often people with dysuria experience a burning sensation while urinating or a sense of urgency just before they urinate.

Dysuria may be due to an infection anywhere in the urinary tract, including the bladder or the urethra (the small tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body). It can also be caused by irritation or infection of the prostate gland in men, or the vagina in women and girls. Some sexually transmitted diseases, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes simplex virus can also cause dysuria.

If you are experiencing pain upon urinating, call your doctor, who may do a physical exam and order a urine culture to determine the cause of your pain.