Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU) – Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU) is not an STD but it is an infection within the urethra that causes swelling, or inflammation. Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU) means that the inflammation of the urethra is not caused or related to gonorrhea. However, this condition often makes an appearance when another health issue is present.

Common Causes for Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU)

Parasites, herpes (HSV), adenovirus and Chlamydia based infections have all been linked to causing Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU) but a person can also have it from an injury from a cystoscope, catheter and from a reaction to chemicals including spermicides and various antiseptics. Chlamydia is currently the most common cause of Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU).

Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU) Symptoms

  • Burning and pain in the general area of the urethra especially while urinating
  • Discharge that is cloudy, milky and/or white
  • Men suffer from severe itching, tenderness and their discharge causes stains in the undergarments
  • Women are more apt to abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding not associated with their menstrual cycle.
  • Symptoms are not always present when infected

Diagnosis of Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU) is typically done by viewing a swabbing of the discharge under a microscope by a trained professional. The second part of the diagnosis is where a medical professional works with the specimen even further to figure out if it is gonococcal or Nongonococcal.

Gonococcal Urethritis is an inflamed urethra that is directly related to a gonorrhea infection within the body whereas Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU) is specifically found to be unrelated to gonorrhea most likely because it doesn’t exist within the infected person to begin with.

Treatment for Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU)

Antibiotics taken orally are the typical treatment for Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU). Doxycycline is the drug most often prescribed because it treats a broad spectrum of the known causes for the condition. It is very important to have yourself treated if you are infected as well as those who you have had sexual contact with while infected.

If left untreated, Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU) can lead to epididymitis which is when the epididymis, a tiny area behind the testicles responsible for storing mature sperm, is severely inflamed. Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU)can also lead to infertility with both male and females.

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