As urethritis has so many potential causes, part of the doctor’s diagnosis will involve any identifying underlying conditions.
The crucial question is whether your urethritis has been caused by an infection, an injury, or if there’s no obvious reason behind it. This will help them prescribe the correct treatment to help you recover as quickly as possible.
What will happen during your consultation?
The doctor will ask you about your symptoms. You might be asked if you’re experiencing any discomfort, burning when you pee or unusual discharge.
It’s important that you answer these questions honestly, in order to get the most effective treatment. Anything you say during your consultation will remain completely confidential.
How do our doctors diagnose urethritis?
If our doctors suspect that an infection is to blame for your urethritis, they can arrange for a test kit to be sent to your home. There are two main types of test that can be used to detect urethritis, or an underlying cause such as a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
- Swab test - This involves using a cotton swab to collect a sample from your urethra.
- Urine test - This involves giving a urine sample into a specially provided container. You will be asked to avoid urinating for up to an hour before giving your sample. This is because doing so might flush any infection out of your urethra and result in an inaccurate test result.
The tests will arrive at your home in discreet packaging, so no one you live with will be able to tell what the package contains.
Each test kit comes with full instructions and when your sample is ready, all you need to do is post it back to us. Our laboratory technicians will process your sample and your results will be available in just a few days.
In some cases, if the doctor thinks there’s a specific cause for your urethritis, such as an STI, they may suggest a blood test to confirm this.
If you’re not comfortable taking these tests at home, our doctors can arrange for you to take them at a local medical facility.
What happens next?
Your treatment will depend on what has caused your urethritis. Based on their observations, along with any test results, our doctors will recommend the best treatment to ensure you recover as quickly as possible.
This can involve a range of steps, from avoiding sexual activity for a period of time, to taking medication to clear up an infection.
When is it safe to have sex again?
You should avoid any form of sexual contacted (even if you use a condom) until you and your partner have had follow-up tests to confirm that the gonorrhea infection is completely gone.
These follow-up tests are usually given 1-2 weeks after you’ve had treatment. You’ll both be tested again to see if any gonorrhoea bacteria is still present.
Remember that successful treatment does not mean you can’t get gonorrhoea again, so you should continue to practise safe sex afterwards.