What is it?

Urethritis is an inflammation of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. If the inflammation is not caused by the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea it is usually referred to- non gonococcal urethritis (NGU) or non- specific urethritis. It can be caused by damage to the urethra and infections such as urinary tract infection. Many times, the cause for urethritis will not be found- then treatment for infection will still be offered. In women, NGU typically does not cause any symptoms. In men it can cause pain and discharges from the penis, burning sensation while urinating and pain and swelling of the testicles. If left untreated, complications may include spreading of the infection into the prostate or testicles, infertility and spreading it to a female partner.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Urethral Abscess
- Urethral cellulitis

Signs & symptoms

Urethritis can sometimes be asymptomatic. In other cases, symptoms may include a white cloudy discharge from the tip of the penis, difficulty, pain or burning sensation while urinating, urine urgence, itching, pain or irritation at the tip of the penis or the end of the urethra.


Diagnosis of urethritis can be done in a swab test, taken from the urethra or a urine test.


Treatment for urethritis with antibiotics, even if the reason is not found. You shuld avoid any kind of seaxual activity until you complete the treatment. Sexual partners should also be treated.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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