How to ease the pain while urinating

Updated February 21, 2017

Pain while urinating may be caused by a urinary tract, vaginal or prostate infection, certain medications that cause bladder inflammation, pressure on the bladder from a cyst or kidney stone, and local irritation from soaps, douches or toilet paper. If your pain is from a urinary tract infection, you may experience fever and chills. The pain may be severe and may affect your lower back and sides. There are steps you can take to ease the pain while urinating.

See your doctor. You will need a physical examination to determine the cause of your painful urination. Your treatment will be dependent upon the cause. Your doctor will request a urine specimen to check for infection or evidence of blood. Your doctor may recommend further testing such blood tests, a pelvic examination or X-rays of the urinary tract.

Take antibiotics. If you have an infection, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics. You need to finish your antibiotics to make sure the infection is completely gone. Do not assume because your symptoms have subsided after a few doses of antibiotics that your infection has been resolved.

Use urinary tract pain relievers. Ask your doctor about over-the-counter medications that ease painful urination. The medications may turn your urine bright orange and may stain your undergarments. These are not antibiotics and will not alleviate the infection.

Take anti-inflammatory medication. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication will reduce inflammation in the urinary tract that can cause irritation. Ask your doctor before taking it, and follow the label's instructions.

Drink plenty of water. Water will help flush toxins from your system and increase urinary production. Urinary pain increases when you void scant amounts of urine. Water will increase fluid volume and encourage a steady flow of urine, which will ease your pain.


Drink cranberry juice. Cranberry juice may be beneficial in treating urinary tract infections. Cranberry supplements are also available if you are unable to tolerate drinking the juice.


If urinary pain is accompanied by blood or pus your urine, fever, nausea, vomiting or pain in your back or side, call your doctor promptly. This may indicate a severe infection that may damage your kidneys if you do not get quick treatment.

Things You'll Need

  • Physical examination
  • Antibiotics
  • Urinary tract pain reliever
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Plenty of water
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About the Author

Meadow Milano has been a registered nurse for over 20 years, with extensive experience in emergency nursing, labor and delivery and general medicine. She has written numerous articles for nursing publications pertaining to health and medicine, and enjoys teaching in the clinical setting.