Health Tip: It Hurts When I Urinate

Take the Urinary Tract Infection Quiz

(HealthDay News) -- Painful urination is a common sign of an infection of the urinary tract. But you don't have to have an infection to experience painful urination, which should be evaluated by a doctor without delay.

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests these possible causes of painful urination:

  • A urinary tract infection.
  • A side effect of certain medications, such as chemotherapy drugs.
  • In women, an ovarian cyst or irritation of the vagina.
  • Also in women, a sensitivity to products such as douches, lubricants, soaps, scented toilet paper or contraceptive foams or sponges.
  • A kidney stone.

-- Diana Kohnle

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