Painful Urination: When to See a Urologist

Something we all do everyday without really thinking about it is urination. We don’t think about it because it doesn’t hurt. At least it shouldn’t hurt. If and when it becomes painful, we pay attention. It tells both men and women something isn’t right, and it’s known as dysuria. Painful urination: when to see a urologist.

Man with painful urination.

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

A UTI is one of the most common causes of painful urination, especially in women. It happens if bacteria enters into the urethra and travels to the kidneys or the tubes connecting the kidneys and bladder. It is typically easily treated with antibiotics.

You may have a fever, foul smelling urine, an increased need to pee, plus cloudy or bloody urine when suffering with a UTI.

Yeast Infections

This is a vaginal infection, and you can experience changes in your vaginal discharge and odor. In addition, you will have the urge to frequently urinate. 

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

These infections namely genital herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea will also cause painful urination. You should see a doctor as soon as possible if you have any of the following symptoms.

Symptoms include:

  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Blisters or sores with genital herpes
  • Abnormal discharge

Prostate Issues in Men


This is an inflammation or a bacterial infection of the prostate gland. Not only will a man experience painful urination, but also burning, stinging, and general discomfort.


Another prostate condition causing painful urination is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It typically affects aging men in their 60s and 70s. A man will experience a weak urinary stream and frequent urination due to a non-cancerous enlarged prostate gland.

Kidney Stones

Another common cause of painful urination is kidney stones. These tiny mineral deposits which develop in your kidneys and move through your urinary tract are severely painful as they move or become lodged. Sometimes they will pass on their own.

Any of the aforementioned conditions should initiate a call to the urology specialists at Siouxland Urology for treatment in Sioux City, SD.

Schedule a Consultation with Our Urologists in Sioux City

If you are experiencing painful urination, contact Siouxland Urology at (605) 217-7000 to schedule a consultation and discuss the underlying cause of your condition.