7 Reasons Why It Could Be Burning When You Pee

Peeing is one of those things that we do every single day. But we don’t give that much thought to it apart from the concentration it takes to undo our pants, aim, wipe, and do our zip and button back up again. But if anything seems amiss down there, you’ll suddenly be inspecting your pee like an investigator in a murder mystery. And that’s especially true if you’re experiencing a burning sensation while peeing.

If it feels less than comfortable when you’re peeing, that is a big clue that something is definitely up. There is no need to be panic, however, since chances are it’s nothing serious. There are many things it could be. I’ve rounded up some of the reasons it can burn when you pee.

Just be aware that if you’ve experienced the burning for a couple of days and it isn’t going away, the best thing to do is see a doctor. That way, if you have an infection, they can prescribe the antibiotics to help treat it so you can go back to peeing without discomfort.

You Drank Something Acidic

You've probably discovered that what you drink can affect the color of your pee, but it can also impact it in other ways. Hello, burning. This is especially true if you drink something acidic like coffee. If you’re a caffeine addict and you're experiencing some burning, try alternating your lattes with water.

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You're Dehydrated

You don’t need me to tell you that our bodies need lots and lots of water. There are many things that happen when we get dehydrated like dry skin and foggy brains, but dehydration also impacts you pee. It can make it more *concentrated* which can lead to a burning feeling when you're going number one.

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You Ate The Wrong Things

Like drinks, the wrong foods can make things feel less-than-pleasant down there. Acidic foods are a culprit, but spicy things can also have an impact on your pee. If you find that you're experiencing burning pee on a frequent basis, you might want to consider keeping a food and pee diary to see if there's a link. It might sound lame, but your vag will thank you.

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You Have An Infection

This is the one that you're probably stressing about, but it probably isn't anything serious. Chances are it is a urinary tract infection or cystitis. It could simply be a case of vaginal infection that will clear up with some antibiotics. The important thing is to not be afraid to go to your doctor to get it checked out. Don't suffer hoping that it will clear up on its own.

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You Have An STI

I don't want you to panic, but if you are sexually active, know that this one is a possibility. Certain STIs, such as chlamydia or gonorrhea, can cause stinging when you pee . The only way to know for sure is to go to your doctor or gynecologist. So, go get tested.

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You Held Your Pee Too Long

Are you one of those people that likes to hold their pee until they get home rather than using a public toilet? I get it. Alas, it is doing your body no favors. Holing your pee isn't good and it can lead to burning, kidney issues, and even infections. So, if you've got to go, go.

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Your Vagina Is Irritated

When you're peeing, try to pay attention to where the burning is actually coming from. Is it coming from your actual vagina, or is it on your clitoris or vulva? If it is one of the last two options, you could have an irritated vagina from sex, masturbating, or your clothes rubbing up against your vagina and causing chafing, which means that the pee is enhancing the irritation.

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Has it ever hurt when you’ve peed? Let us know in the comments!

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