Symptoms and causes

What is it?

A urethra infection or urethritis is an (usually bacterial) infection of the urethra that is transmitted through sexual contact. Sometimes, but rather rarely, the causes are mechanical or chemical in nature.

Patients with sexually transmitted urethritis should avoid unprotected sexual contact for the duration of the treatment and until all symptoms have disappeared.


Many urethra infections are asymptomatic. Some patients experience pain when urinating and suppurate discharge from the urethra.

Diagnosis and treatment


A urine test can demonstrate with certainty whether it is a urethra infection.


Antibiotics fight the urethritis.

It is also important to have the sexual partner(s) of the patient screened and, if necessary, treated.

Treatment centres and specialisations

Urology Centre

Latest publication date: 25/01/2021
Supervising author: Dr Ameye Filip