Frequent urination is a relatively common symptom that can be caused by many different conditions. But you may have wondered if an STD can cause frequent urination. It’s important to know the possible causes of this symptom so you can seek medical assistance, and get tested for STDs and other conditions when appropriate.
Do any STDs cause frequent urination? Keep reading this article to find out.
Yes. In fact, it’s common for frequent urination to be a sign of STDs, along with other common STD symptoms. However, not all STDs cause this symptom. Since frequent urination and STDs are so frequently related, it’s very important to know exactly which STDs can cause this symptom.
Chlamydia is caused by a bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis, and it’s one of the STDs that makes you pee a lot. According to Stanford Health Care, symptoms and signs of chlamydia can include:
Gonorrhea is an STD caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae and frequent urination is one of this STD’s symptoms*.* According to Planned Parenthood, many cases of gonorrhea are completely asymptomatic, and signs of gonorrhea may be milder in women, which makes it easy to confuse this STD with a UTI or a different infection.
Other signs of gonorrhea can include:
Frequent urination and STD infections can also be caused by trichomoniasis. This infection is caused by a parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. According to the MSD Manual, signs of trichomoniasis can include:
Although a constant urge to pee can be caused by an STD, there are many other conditions that can lead to this issue. If you’re experiencing frequent urination, it’s important to seek medical assistance in order to rule out possible underlying diseases that can also cause this symptom. Let’s go over some of the other causes of frequent urination that you should keep in mind.
According to The Cleveland Clinic, urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common cause of frequent urination. UTIs can affect different parts of your urinary system, including your urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidneys. Other bladder problems can also cause frequent urination, including:
Diabetes is a chronic condition that’s characterized by abnormal levels of blood sugar. One of the most common symptoms of poorly managed diabetes is frequent urination, which happens because your kidneys are forced to work harder in order to filter the additional sugar from your blood. According to the Mayo Clinic, other signs of diabetes include:
In some cases, pelvic tumors can increase the frequency and urgency of urination, since tumors can put pressure on the bladder. Other signs of an undiagnosed pelvic mass include:
The prostate is a small gland that is located just below the bladder in males, and it produces part of the sperm fluid. The prostate can become enlarged and put pressure on the bladder, leading to frequent urination and urinary incontinence. This can be due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and in some cases, prostate tumors.
There are several medications that can cause frequent urination as a side effect, including:
Diuretics, on the other hand, are medications that are specifically used to increase urination for different reasons. Some blood pressure medications can also contain additional diuretics to help manage hypertension.
Since frequent urination can be caused by such a wide range of undiagnosed conditions, it’s important to seek medical help to determine the root of the issue.
Additionally, it’s also important to get tested for STDs.
Symptoms of Chlamydia - stanfordhealthcare.org
What are the symptoms of gonorrhea? - plannedparenthood.org
Trichomoniasis - msdmanuals.com
Urination: Frequent Urination - my.clevelandclinic.org
Diabetes symptoms: When diabetes symptoms are a concern - mayoclinic.org