Urethritis is an inflammation of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. Urethritis may be caused by:
- Gonorrhea: a bacterium that usually causes symptoms in two to six days.
- Chlamydia: a bacterium that causes symptoms in seven to 21 days.
- Non-specific urethritis (NSU): means you have an inflammation of the urethra, but your test results are negative for gonorrhea and chlamydia. Possible causes for NSU are:
- “Minor” organisms that can be picked up from a partner’s throat, vagina or anus. These may include mycoplasma, ureaplasma, strep bacteria (from the throat) and vaginal organisms like trichomonas. These organisms may also cause symptoms and while the symptoms may clear up on their own it is important to treat these infections as they can cause complications.
- Non-infectious causes include too much alcohol, spicy foods, reactions to soaps or cosmetics, stress or minor damage from rough sexual activity (including masturbation).