Urethritis

  • Alternative Names

    Urethral syndrome; NGU; Non-gonococcal urethritis


    Symptoms

    In men:

    • Blood in the urine or semen
    • Burning pain while urinating (dysuria)
    • Discharge from penis
    • Fever (rare)
    • Frequent or urgent urination
    • Itching, tenderness, or swelling in penis or groin area
    • Pain with intercourse or ejaculation

    In women:

    • Abdominal pain
    • Burning pain while urinating
    • Fever and chills
    • Frequent or urgent urination
    • Pelvic pain
    • Vaginal discharge

    Signs and tests

    The health care provider will perform a physical examination. In men, the exam will include the abdomen, bladder area, penis, and scrotum. The physical exam may show:

    • Discharge from the penis
    • Tender and enlarged lymph nodes in the groin area
    • Tender and swollen penis

    A digital rectal exam will also be performed.

    Women will have abdominal and pelvic exams. The health care provider will check for:

    • Discharge from the urethra
    • Tenderness of the lower abdomen
    • Tenderness of the urethra

    The following tests may be done:

    • Complete blood count (CBC)
    • C-reactive protein test
    • Pelvic ultrasound (women only)
    • Pregnancy test (women only)
    • Urinalysis and urine cultures
    • Tests for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and other sexually transmitted diseases