Why Does It Hurt When I Pee? Does This Mean I Have An STD?

Dear Heather,

So for the past few days, I’ve been peeing a lot. It seems like I’m in the bathroom every 10 or 15 minutes. It’s not like I’m peeing a lot when I’m in there – it’s just a little bit. It hurts at the beginning, but not for long. The last time I had sex was a days ago and now I’m worried that I caught something. Do you have any clue what could be wrong?

I’m not your doctor, so I can’t tell you for sure, but it sounds to me like you probably have a urinary tract infection, also known as a UTI. This is a really common infection women get, especially after sex, but it’s definitely something you need to go to the doctor about.

When you have a UTI, it will hurt to pee, but you’ll also be peeing a lot more often even though just a little bit comes out. Do you have any other symptoms? Some other common UTI symptoms are pain in your lower abdomen, cloudy or bloody pee and a strange odor down there. UTIs are caused by different bacteria getting down there, so while they can be caused by many things, they can also happen after sex, especially if you didn’t use a condom.

Fortunately, UTIs are easy to treat and there are ways to avoid them in the future – go to the bathroom when you have to rather than holding it in, keep clean down there, wipe properly, use condoms and wear cotton underwear. However, left untreated, UTIs can get a little more serious, even leading to a possible kidney infection, which is much more painful.

So, you definitely need to go to the doctor. He/she will provide you with the medication you need to get better and they’ll also tell you exactly what is going on. While it sounds like this is a case of a UTI, that doesn’t mean it definitely is. Painful urination could also mean you have a bacterial infection (that can also be caused by sex), a yeast infection (a very common symptom of this is white discharge and a funky smell), cysts, kidney or bladder stones, or STDs such as gonorrhea, chlamydia or herpes. Since you’re sexually active, it’s a good idea to get tested, even if you do end up having a UTI.

Try not to freak out, though. Make a doctor’s appointment as soon as you can, because whatever is going on, it’s better to treat it quickly rather than to wait around. In the future, just be a little more careful with your down there area. Always make sure you pee after you have sex (don’t wait more than 30 minutes), clean yourself properly and wear cotton undies. And, obviously, always use a condom. Good luck!

take care,

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  • Favi

    Hello so lately it stings when I pee. There’s no blood no odd discharge or constant need to urinate. I got tested earlier this year for Gonorrah and chlamaydia both negative… So I’m wondering why does it sting when I pee? Could it be soap?

    • alicia

      drink alot of water..

  • Melina

    Im only 14 and i think i have a UTI.. ive never had sex before but like, ive touched myself for a long time… ive never been to a doctor like that and im scared to tell my mom about it… Can i do something at home to make it disapear..?

  • Amanda

    Why does it hurt when I pee and then when I wipe there is a little blood

  • Amanda

    Why when I wipe I see a little blood not like a period tho

  • Alicia

    I think i have one but dont know where i cant get a check up at

  • Weston

    Yes it is a UTI. I just suffered a UTI.