Non-gonococcal urethritis is an infection or inflammation of the
urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to
the outside. Urethritis is usually caused by bacteria, most often
Chlamydia. It may also be caused by a urethral narrowing or
stricture, or an infection in the prostate. At times, there may also
be an infection of the bladder. There is no known cause in about 20
to 30% of patients. Urethritis is usually spread by sexual
intercourse. Risk increases if there is more than one sexual
Symptoms may include:
• A yellow-green or white discharge from the end of the penis
• Pain with urination or ejaculation
• Frequent urination
• Dribbling of urine in men over age 50
• Rarely, there is blood in the urine
WHAT YOUR DOCTOR CAN DO:
• Diagnose non-gonococcal urethritis by asking about your symptoms,
doing a physical exam, and taking a sample of the discharge to be
• Prescribe antibiotics for a bacterial infection
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
• Take all of the antibiotic, even after symptoms are gone.
• Drink plenty of water.
• Avoid consuming caffeine or alcohol during treatment.
• Keep the genital area clean with a mild soap.
• Avoid sexual activity until you have no symptoms for 2 weeks.
• Inform your sexual partner who may also need to be treated.
• Help prevent recurrence by using a condom with sexual contact
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:
• Urethritis can recur and become chronic.
CALL 1061 OR SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL
If you have symptoms of urethritis, or if symptoms continue or
recur despite treatment.