Urethritis in Men (cont.)
Causes of Urethritis in Men
- The sexually transmitted diseases gonorrhea and chlamydia cause the majority of cases of infectious urethritis. The virus that causes herpes and other infections transmitted during sexual activity can also cause urethritis.
- Chemical irritation caused by soaps, lotions, and colognes can cause temporary pain in the urethra. Spermicide in condoms and contraceptive jelly, cream, or foam can also cause irritation.
- Mechanical manipulation of the penis or minor trauma may lead to urethritis. Medical procedures, rubbing on rough clothing, as well as vigorous sexually activity or masturbation can cause a temporary irritation of the urethra.
- Sometimes ejaculation can cause a temporary feeling similar to urethritis. This usually goes away in a brief period without any specific treatment.
- Chronic urethritis (when the condition lasts for weeks or months or goes away and comes back) may be caused by bacteria, or it can also be caused by a narrowing of the tube (urethra) itself.
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