Painful to urinate
Dysuria is a symptom of pain, discomfort, or burning when urinating. It is more common in women than in men. In men, it is more common in older men than younger men.
These are some of the more common causes of painful urination:
Infections. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the leading causes of painful urination. Infections can occur in any part of the urinary tract, including:
- Ureters (tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder)
- Urethra (the tube from the bladder that carries urine out of the body)
Urinary tract infections are most often caused by bacteria that get into the urinary tract through the urethra.
Factors that can increase your chance of developing a UTI include:
- Being a woman
- Advanced age
- Enlarged prostate
- Kidney stones
- Having a urinary catheter in place