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Burning When I Pee

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I am a 20 year old female. Today, I noticed that I always feel like I have to pee, even after I just went. I go to the bathroom, but nothing comes out. Then, I went to the bathroom and it began to burn. Also, there is a little blood in my urine. It is not from my period because I already had it at the beginning of the month. I am sexually active with my boyfriend of thirteen months and he always uses condoms. We are very careful. I am sure neither of us have any sexually transmitted diseases because we were each other's first people we slept with. Could this be a bladder, kidney or urinary tract infection? I heard that drinking cranberry juice sometimes helps this. If you think it is an infection, are they serious? Please tell me what you think so I know if I should go the doctor or not. Thanks for your help.
Signed: Burning When I Pee

Dear Burning When I Pee,


TeenHealthFX recommends that you go the doctor for your painful urination problem as soon as possible. It does sound like you may have some type of infection, but we cannot diagnose you over the Internet. Your symptoms need to be properly diagnosed and treated and should not be self treated with the use of Cranberry juice without speaking to your doctor first.


Urinary tract infections, also called bladder infections are a common health concern in teen-aged women. Some symptoms include painful urination, pain or itching in the genital region, frequent urge to pee and blood in urine. You seem to have many of these symptoms and need medical treatment to prevent the infection or irritation from getting any more painful.

So call your doctor. Urinary tract infections are easily treated with medications and are not serious if treated in a timely manner. If you cannot go to your doctor about it, call a teen health center or local Planned Parenthood in your area. Teen health centers can see teens for sexual health reasons without your parent's consent and on a low/no cost basis. When making the appointment, let the receptionist know that you need an appointment quickly and explain your symptoms.


In the meantime while you are waiting to go to the doctor and for prevention of this problem in the future, practice these methods:

·         Drink plenty of water

·         Try to urinate when you feel the urge and try to urinate after intercourse

·         Wipe your vaginal area after peeing from front to back to avoid and reduce the spread of bacteria

·         Do not have sex until your doctor says that you are okay

·         Wear cotton underwear

·         Avoid tight fitting clothing around your vaginal area

·         Wash genital area daily using a mild soap

·         Do not douche

Also, TeenHealthFX congratulates you and is glad to hear that you are practicing safer sex and using condoms every time you have sex. This is great in the prevention against pregnancy and STDs. FX does advise you refrain from sexual activity until this condition is diagnosed and treated.



Signed: TeenHealthFX