Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by Janine Acero
Urethritis refers to the inflammation of the urethra, the tube that runs from the bladder through the penis (in men) and the labia (in women) that carries urine out of the body.
Non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU) is a type of urethritis caused by any of several different organisms, except gonorrhea. The most common cause of NGU is a bacterium called Chlamydia trachomatis, and is a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Half of the cases of NGU is caused by chlamydia infection. It is spread almost exclusively through sexual contact. A person can spread NGU from the time they are infected until they are cured.
NGU is sometimes referred to as non-specific urethritis (NSU) when no cause can be found.
Other possible causes of NGU include:
A non-infective problem could also cause NGU, albeit rarely. This includes:
NGU can cause the following symptoms in men:
NGU rarely causes any symptoms in women.
Major risk factors include being sexually active under the age of 25 and have had a recent partner change; men who have sex with other men; unprotected vaginal intercourse; and an existing sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Serious complications are rare, but may include:
While women are often asymptomatic, NGU can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) if it’s caused by chlamydia and left untreated. PID can cause infertility in women.
Herbal medicine is a safe way to improve the functioning of your body’s various systems, including the urinary tract.
Herbal and homeopathic treatments are best used in conjunction with conventional treatment methods for urethritis.
NGU is commonly treated with a short course of antibiotics. Symptoms should clear up after about two weeks.
After treatment has been completed and the symptoms have disappeared, it should be safe to start having sex again.
It’s important that past and current sexual partners are also treated to prevent spreading any infection. There are other ways to prevent the spread of NGU:
Non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU) is a type of urethritis that’s not caused by gonorrhea. The most common cause of NGU is a bacterium called Chlamydia trachomatis.
NGU is a type of STD.
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