What would cause my penis to burn every time I start to urinate, then desist? My urine is crystal clear.
You have an inflammation of the urethra, the tube leading from the bladder and through the penis to the outside.
There are a number of causes for this condition, including bladder infections and gonorrhoea, but by far the most common cause in men is a venereal disease called non-specific urethritis (NSU). This may be associated with a slight white discharge from the penis, but many men have no other symptoms than burning when passing urine. Unfortunately, women may not develop symptoms until the disease has been present for months or years, by which time they may have develop a widespread infection in their pelvis that can lead to infertility, abnormal pregnancies, and damage to the cervix and womb.
Diagnosis is sometimes difficult, because a negative test does not mean that the disease is not present, only that the test has failed to detect it. All men with this problem, and all their sexual partners, will need to be treated with a special course of antibiotics. Fortunately this is successful in curing the vast majority of these cases.
My GP has diagnosed my vaginal irritation as a ‘chlamidya’ infection after taking some tests. She has given me some tablets to take, but I would like to know more about this problem.
Chlamydial vaginal infections are one of the most common forms of sexually transmitted disease in both sexes.
Chlamydiae are a group of organisms that are not bacteria, but closely resemble bacteria. They act as parasites inside human cells, cause the destruction of the cell where they multiply, and then move on to infect more cells.
They cause irritation of the vagina in women, and urethra (urine tube from bladder to outside) in both men and women, so that passing urine may be uncomfortable. In rare severe cases it can sptead to the nearby lymph nodes in the groin to cause lymphogranuloma venereum.
The infection is difficult to diagnose, but swabs from affected area are sometimes positive. Blood tests can also be used to make the diagnosis with internal infections.
Once suspected, it can be successfully treated with appropriate antibiotics.