It’s painful to urinate; what could be the problem?

Dysuria refers to pain, discomfort, or burning sensation when urinating. This symptom is more common in women than in men. However, it is common in older men than young people.

Some of these are the common causes of painful urination:

  • Urinary tract infections (UTI) caused due to several factors such as diabetes, advanced age, enlarged prostate, kidney stones, pregnancy and having a urinary catheter in place.
  • Vaginal infection
  • Sexually transmitted infections such as Genital herpes, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.


How can I urinate less frequently at night?

Some of the things you can do to reduce urinary frequency are:

  • Bladder retraining or retraining your bladder to hold urine for a longer time and to urinate less frequently over a period of about 12 weeks.
  • Kegel exercises help to strengthen the pelvic muscles around the bladder and urethra so as to increase bladder control and to minimize urinary urgency and frequency.
  • Avoid consuming foods that upsets your bladder or acts as a diuretic such as caffeine, alcohol, carbonated drinks, chocolate, artificial sweeteners, and spicy foods.
  • Consume plenty of high-fiber foods, as constipation may tend to worsen the symptoms associated with an overactive bladder syndrome.
  • Drink plenty of water to prevent constipation and over-concentration of urine,
  • Please avoid drinking too much water just before bedtime. This can lead to nighttime urination.
  • If diabetes has been diagnosed as the cause, take measures to keep your blood sugar levels under strict control.