Urethritis is inflammation of the urethra from any cause
Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors
Urethritis may be caused by bacteria or a virus. The same bacteria that cause urinary tract infections (E. coli) and some sexually transmitted diseases (chlamydia, gonorrhea) can lead to urethritis. Viral causes of urethritis include herpes simplex virus and cytomegalovirus.
Other causes include:
- Sensitivity to the chemicals used in spermicides or contraceptive jellies, creams, or foams
Risks for urethritis include:
- High-risk sexual behavior (such as anal sex without a condom)
- History of sexually transmitted diseases
- Male, ages 20 – 35
- Many sexual partners
- Young women in their reproductive years
Pictures & ImagesFemale urinary tract
The male and female urinary tracts are relatively the same except for the length of the urethra.Male urinary tract
The male and female urinary tracts are relatively the same except for the length of the urethra.
Review Date : 9/7/2008
Reviewed By : Linda Vorvick, MD, Seattle Site Coordinator, Lecturer, Pathophysiology, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Louis S. Liou, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Urology, Department of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.