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It Burns When I Pee After Sex

Published: April 12, 2016
Dear TeenHealthFX,

Hi, it burns when I pee after sex,it only burns for 2 minute. And I feel like I have to pee but I don't. I use condoms.

Signed: It Burns When I Pee After Sex

Dear It Burns When I Pee After Sex,

It is possible that you have a urinary tract infection (UTI). UTIs are so common that most women and some men get at least one at some point in their lives. They are usually caused by bacteria which travel from the colon to the urethra and bladder (and occasionally the kidneys). Trichomoniasis and chlamydia (sexually transmitted infections) can also cause UTIs, as can stress, a suppressed immune system, poor diet, damage to the urethra from childbirth, and surgery. A sudden increase in sexual activity could also trigger a urinary tract infection.

Cystitis is the most common form of UTI. It is rarely serious if treated. Symptoms may include:

  • Feeling like you need to pee every few minutes
  • Burning when you try to pee
  • Needing to pee with hardly anything coming out
  • Cloudy, dark, or bloody urine
  • Pain in your lower back or abdomen
  • Women may feel pressue above the pubic bone; men may feel fullness in the rectum
  • Strong odor to your morning's first pee 

 

While it is possible you may have a UTI, it is also possible that there is another cause of your symptoms. Burning during urination can also be due to a vaginal infection which are sometimes caused by STIs. That said, TeenHealthFX recommends that you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician, gynecologist or adolescent medicine specialist so that you can be properly diagnosed and treated. TeenHealthFX cannot diagnose over the web, so please meet with your doctor soon so you can know for sure what is going and then get the help you need to address the symptoms you are experiencing.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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