CausesBy Mayo Clinic staff
Painful urination can be caused by a number of conditions and certain substances, including:
- Bladder stones
- Drugs, such as those used in cancer treatment, that have bladder irritation as a side effect
- Genital herpes
- Ingredients in personal-care products, such as soaps or perfumes
- Kidney infection
- Kidney stones
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Urethritis (infection of the urethra)
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Yeast infection (vaginal)
Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.
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