Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Burning with Urination: "Dysuria"

There are a host of reasons of why women may experience buring with urination.

Acidic urine- food consumption that is acidic, and/or low water intake

Food sensitivity- caffeine, alcohol, spices, etc

Urinary tract infection(UTI)/Bladder infection- these are common, andoften occur with lower abdominal pressure, low grade temperature or back pain

Irritation after sex- ensure good lubrication and hygiene before and after

Sexually transmitted diseases- get tested if you suspect something

Persistent pain after a UTI has been treated with antibiotics- give it time

Pelvic floor dysfunction- straining to urinate can lead to bad habits of not relaxing the sphincter to urinate and lead to pain during urination

Urethral Stricture- rare in women, usually post-surgical, or can occur in women who have had numerous dilations of the urethra

Urethral Diverticulum- even rarer, and usually occurs with painful intercourse and urinary dribbling

Interstitial Cystitis- does NOT cause burning with urination

Urethral syndrome- pain itself of the the urethra- may be multifactorial

Radiation injury- from radiation for any type of pelvic cancer

"Spirit of Women" Series- change of plans

Unfortunately due to a scheduling conflict I will not be giving the talk on Male Menopause on September 22, 2007 at Banner Desert Medical Center. It will be given by Dr. Pinnamaneni, an endocrinologist, in my place.

I am in the process of arranging several talks on women's urinary health issues in the next 5 months in the East Valley.