Causes Of Burning When Urinating In Women

It is essential to know the origin of a symptom in order to apply the most convenient treatment. What are the causes of burning when urinating?

Painful urination or burning when urinating can be a symptom of various ailments. And, contrary to what we usually think at first, it does not always have to be an infection. Therefore, below we tell you what are some of the possible causes of burning when urinating in women.

It should be noted that it is convenient to pay attention to the way in which the discomfort manifests itself in order to provide the doctor with as much information as possible. In this way, you will help to make a proper diagnosis of the problem.

Causes of burning when urinating

As we have been commenting, burning when urinating is a nuisance that can vary in intensity depending on its cause and other factors, such as the person’s hygiene habits, their level of hydration, etc.

So that you can get an idea of what may be behind the problem, below we will share some of the most common causes for which it usually occurs in women. Take note!

1. Urinary tract infection

Causes of burning when urinating
One of the main recommendations to reduce the risk of infections after having sex is to urinate after the act.

In women, there are certain urinary infections that are more common due to the constitution of the urinary system. They, in general, have a slightly short urethra and located near the anus (unlike men, who have a little more separation).

Often swimming in pools, using contraceptive diaphragms, not taking care of intimate hygiene and even poor care of sexual activity are acts that can lead to urine infections.

But not only that, sometimes a simple action in practice is the cause of pain. For this reason, after urinating, you have to wipe with paper from the vagina to the anus, never in the opposite direction; since, in this way, you would drag bacteria that are typical of the digestive tract to the genital area causing infection.

In this line, an infection originating in the bladder, and that was not well cured, can also spread to the kidney.

The kidneys are responsible for filtering the blood, producing urine and eliminating what the body does not need. And it is possible that, at a given moment, you do not carry out this filtering in an adequate way, that toxins accumulate and with it, an infection occurs that leads to burning when urinating.

2. Bladder stones

Bladder stones are not something not as common as urinary tract infection, but you should know that it is also a direct cause of pain when urinating. How are they produced?

According to the Mayo Clinic, bladder stones appear when urine in the bladder becomes concentrated, forming crystals. The more crystals, the more likely stones will appear.


Vaginitis is an inflammation of the mucosal wall of the vagina; It would be what is known as “vulvovaginitis”, and it is a common gynecological problem.

A symptom to notice is when the flow stops having the characteristic whitish tone. If one day you notice that it is somewhat darker, that it acquires an unpleasant odor and you feel burning when urinating, go to the doctor so that he can offer you the most appropriate treatment.

4. Chlamydia

Chlamydial infections
Chlamydial infections

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease. Having it, you feel burning when urinating, as well as discomfort in the lower back, groin and hip. According to an article published in the Panacea Medical Journal, “chlamydial infections are usually asymptomatic in 30 to 50% of cases and can persist for years, patients with cervicitis due to this disease may present yellow-greenish mucopurulent vaginal discharge, burning when urinating, pain in the lower abdomen, fever, nausea, painful intercourse, postcoital bleeding.

It is an infection and should be treated as such. In addition, it should be said that you have to be careful when dealing with this type of sexually transmitted diseases ; so do not ignore the doctor’s instructions.

5. Herpes

As an article published in the National Library of Medicine of the United States explains, genital herpes is another cause to take into account when looking for the origins of burning when urinating. Sometimes, herpes occurs without too many symptoms, or it can even be confused with a simple urinary tract infection.

But sooner or later, a sore or blister will appear. This occurs when they have sexual relations with people who, in turn, also have genital herpes. In a nutshell, contact between mucous membranes -and even more so if there is some type of sore or blister- favors this appearance.

When to see a doctor?

Go to the doctor if you identify with any of the causes of burning when urinating.

There are times when, when you feel burning when urinating, you think only of the infection and not of reviewing or correcting those daily habits that may have caused it. In this sense, although it is important to know the cause, it is also important to apply corrective measures to improve hygiene and take care of health.

Likewise, it must be taken into account that there are elements used for intimate hygiene that are capable of causing allergic reactions, in addition to irritation: lotions, soaps, creams, and even some type of compress or underwear.

To conclude, any time you feel burning when you urinate, it is best to go to the doctor for a thorough physical evaluation. And once he provides a diagnosis, you must follow his instructions and respect the treatment measures. Remember, your health depends on you.

Dr. Ashwani Kumar is highly skilled and experienced in treating major and minor general medicine diseases.