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Non-Specific Urethritis (NSU) Symptoms, Testing & Treatment

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NSU is a common condition which results in painful or frequent passing of urine. It can be sexually transmitted, but it can also be caused by your body’s own natural bacteria moving into the very tip of your urethra – the hole you pass urine through – and setting up an inflammation resulting in pain.

What is Non-specific Urethritis (NSU)?

It is an inflammation of the urethra – the tube you pass urine through. It can occur through sexual activity with others where bacteria which live in their throats, rectums or vaginas may get into your urethra and cause inflammation. These can be quite innocent bacteria which end up in the wrong place. Equally, you can spread bacteria from hands into the urethra during masturbation.

How can I get Non-specific Urethritis (NSU)?

Any sexual activity may result in you developing it. It is non-specific by definition so simple throat bugs may cause problems for example.

Unprotected penetrative sex (sex without a condom) may result in infection.

Unprotected oral sex may result in infection also.

How do I know if I’ve got Non-specific Urethritis (NSU)?

You may develop a slight discharge, especially if male. You are likely to notice discomfort when you pass urine and to want to pass urine more frequently.

Be vigilant and get yourself checked when you have unprotected sex with a new partner. If you’re having sex outside your usual relationship, make sure you protect your regular partner by getting tested before you have sex again.

Testing for Non-specific Urethritis (NSU)

Testing for NSU at Freedomhealth is straightforward and painless. A simple urine test and a painless genital swab are taken. Results are available within 48 hours.

Treatments for Non-specific Urethritis (NSU)

Treatment is easy once detected, with a course of antibiotics which will cure the infection.