Vaginal burning during urination can be caused by a number of conditions, diseases and infections. Urinary tract infections and yeast infections may both cause burning. Vaginitis, an inflammation of the vagina and vulvodynia, a condition that isn’t well understood, can cause vaginal burning while urinating as well. Additionally, women may experience burning after the vaginal birth of a child if the vaginal area is torn. In order to eliminate the burning sensation, patients must find out the cause of the symptom first.
Make an appointment with your family doctor or gynecologist to discuss your symptoms and concerns. Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may ask to run some tests including tests for sexually transmitted diseases and a urinalysis to check for the presence of bacteria. Further evaluation may be required at the doctor’s discretion.
Follow your doctors recommended treatment plan based on your condition. If the burning is caused by an infection or sexually transmitted disease, you may be required to complete a course of antibiotics. Make sure you take all of the prescribed pills and do not stop taking the prescription even if the burning stops.
Avoid things that increase your chance of developing an infection. Wear cotton panties instead of synthetic fabrics to allow for air flow. Use proper hygiene, always wiping front to back to avoid introducing bacteria from the rectum into the vaginal area. Do not use products such as vaginal sprays or douches that interfere with the vagina’s pH level and good bacteria.
Use a spray bottle filled with warm water to cleanse the vaginal area during urination to dilute the urine and decrease the burning sensation. This is especially helpful for women after childbirth until the vagina and perineum has healed.