Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
4 minute read
18 May 2020
11:06 am

What you need to know about urethritis

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

It is more difficult to diagnose the condition in women as it may not cause as many symptoms.

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Urethritis is inflammation of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. It is usually caused by an infection. If you think you have urethritis, you should visit your doctor for examination and tests. The usual infective causes are gonorrhoea and chlamydia, which account for up to 43 out of 100 cases. But there are many cases of urethritis where no infection is found. Urethritis is the most common condition diagnosed in men in clinics – about 80,000 men are diagnosed with it every year. It is more difficult to diagnose urethritis in women...