Symptoms and Signs of Urethritis in Men

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

Doctor's Notes on Urethritis in Men

Urethritis in men refers to inflammation of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder through the penis and to the outside of the body. This inflammation most commonly results from bacterial infections. Many sexually-transmitted diseases can cause urethritis in men, including Chlamydia, Trichomonas, and gonorrhea. Urethritis can also be caused by bacteria that are present normally in the stool, such as E. coli. Certain herpesviruses (HSV-1 and HSV-2) can also cause urethritis.

The Characteristic symptoms of urethritis in men include painful urination with a burning or stinging feeling, frequent urination (urinary frequency), penile discharge, blood in the semen or urine, and feeling a powerful urge to urinate (urinary urgency). Other associated symptoms are pain during sexual intercourse, cloudy urine, and difficulty starting the urine stream.

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