Most of us suffer from urethritis at one or other point of our lives. Urethritis is inflammation of urethra. Urethra is the tube that carries urine out of the body. Urethritis is caused by bacteria and if left untreated can affect bladder and reproductive organs of a woman.
Urethritis occurs in women of all ages. Women are considered more at risk than men because urethra in women is shorter in size than men and is placed quite close between anus and vagina. This increases the chances of infection transmission.
Women can also catch the infection due to frequent rubbing of genitals or bacterial transmission during intercourse. Some women catch the infection due to use of vaginal deodorants, fancy body odors, soaps, etc. Certain sexually transmitted diseases like Chlamydia, Gonorrhea can also give this infection to women whereas sometimes yeast infection in vagina can also lead to urethritis.
This is more common among older women who have reached menopause. The declining female hormones lead to thinning down and drying of bladder and urethra which makes it prone to infections. Urethritis may have symptoms or may have no symptoms in women. If they experience symptoms, they can include following :
8 Symptoms of Urethritis
Women may feel pain in their lower abdomen for no apparent reason. The pain may be constant or it may get intense sometimes and mild at other times. Some women describe it as dull, aching pain whereas others describe as sharp shooting pain.
Burning Pain While Urinating
A burning sensation and difficulty in urinating is one of the most common symptoms of urethritis. It is known as ‘Dysuria’.
Sometimes the pain and burning sensation gets so sharp that the woman dreads going to washroom. This burning pain can be sharpest when you visit bathroom first time in the morning.
Unusual Vaginal Discharge
A woman may experience unusual discharge from vagina which can be white, brown, yellow or blood tinged in color. The thick sticky substance can cause a lot of discomfort to the woman.
Some women experience a lot of itching, pain and discomfort even when not urinating. This makes it a very unpleasant experience and makes it hard to manage day to day chores.
Urge to Urinate Frequently
You may feel the urge to urinate frequently especially at night time. You may not pass urine every time but the urge is quite strong to urinate and you may find it difficult to start to urinate.
Pain During Sex
A woman will feel intense pain during intercourse. The sharp pain can make penetration tough. Sometimes, women also experience mild bleeding after sex.
Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding
You may experience abnormal bleeding from your angina. This may indicate that the pain has progressed to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.
Fever And/or Chills
A woman may suffer from fever and chills due to urethritis. The symptoms of urethritis are quite painful and uncomfortable and can affect a person’s ability to fulfill day to day chores.
It is important to take appropriate treatment for the inflammation. Your doctor will prescribe you antibiotics and will also give you some pain killer to relieve you of pain. Neglecting the infection can make it worse since the infection can graduate from urethra to bladder walls and can cause severe problems.