Urethritis is an inflammation of the urethra, the duct that urine flows into before being expelled from the body. Bacteria or viruses may be to blame for the inflammation. Despite the fact that the same bacteria are present in both cases and the signs are similar, it is important to note that urethritis (inflammation) is different from urinary tract infection.
Urethritis can happen at any age and affects both men and women, but it affects women more often than men. This is mostly due to anatomical conditions. The urethra appears to be thinner in females, making it more vulnerable to infection. Furthermore, in females, the anal orifice is adjacent to the urethra than in males, making it easier for bacteria in stools to migrate to the urethra. The signs that women encounter differ from those that men experience.