What Is Painful Urination a Symptom Of?

Painful urination (dysuria) is a symptom that can be caused by a variety of conditions. If you’re experiencing pain, burning, stinging or general discomfort while urinating, it’s best to let your healthcare provider know right away. Some conditions that can cause painful urination include:

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

UTIs are a common cause of symptoms like painful urination, frequent urination, fever, cloudy urine and the feeling that you can’t empty your bladder completely. UTIs are caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract and causing inflammation and infection. Luckily, most urinary tract infections can be cleared up by simply taking antibiotics. 


Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate and there are three levels—nonbacterial, acute bacterial and chronic. Experiencing a burning sensation or pain while urinating is a common symptom of prostatitis, along with frequent urination, chills, painful ejaculation and blood in the urine. Treatment depends on the type of prostatitis that you’re suffering from, but your doctor will be able to discuss the best options for you.

Kidney Stones

It’s no secret that kidney stones can cause a lot of pain. A common symptom of kidney stones is experiencing a burning sensation while urinating. Kidney stones can also cause blood in the urine, vomiting, and back or side pain. Most kidney stones will pass on their own as long as you stay properly hydrated, but larger stones may need to be broken up and removed by your doctor.

Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer occurs when cancer cells develop in the bladder. The first symptom that people often notice is blood in the urine, but some people experience pain during urination and frequent urination as well. While painful urination is often caused by something less serious, it’s important to get checked out just in case instead of waiting for symptoms to get worse. 

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