Sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) can cause smelly urine in some cases. Other related conditions can also be the cause, however. Examples include:
- UTI Infections (Urinary Tract Infections or UTI’s)
- Yeast Infections
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases that Cause Stinky Urine
If you believe an STD might be the cause of your stinky urine, you should see a doctor or take an STD test. Visiting your doctor is the best option for determining the cause of stinky urine as well as for being evaluated for STD’s.
Read on to find out more about the top three STD’s that typically cause foul smelling urine.
Trichomoniasis and Stinky Urine
Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that causes smelly urine, among other symptoms.
Trichomoniasis is an infection caused by a protozoan parasite (Trichomonas vaginalis). The parasite kills its hosts’ cells for food. Most of the time, this infection takes hold in the vagina or urethra. It can then start causing stinky urine as one of its symptoms.
Symptoms usually begin from 5 to 28 days after contracting trichomoniasis, if they occur at all.
Trichomoniasis Symptoms in Women
Although trichomoniasis can infect both men and women, women are more likely to have symptoms from it. These may include:
- Foul smelling urine
- Pain/discomfort during sex
- Painful or uncomfortable urination
- Itching, burning and inflammation in the cervix, vagina or urethra
- Vaginal discharge- usually yellow-green in color, frothy and fishy-smelling
- Occasionally, this STD may cause pain in the lower abdomen
Trichomoniasis Symptoms in Men
Some men who become infected with trichomoniasis show no symptoms. However, when symptoms do appear, they may include:
- Discharge from the penis
- Irritation in the penis
- Irritation/burning after ejaculating
- Irritation/burning after urinating
- Stinky urine
Keep in mind that even if symptoms go away, this does not necessarily mean the trichomoniasis has gone away.
Complications from Trichomoniasis
Regardless of your gender, you should not skip treatment for trichomoniasis or any other STD. Doing so increases your risk of certain health problems later. For the STD trichomoniasis, these include:
- Premature birth
- Low birth weight
- Increased risk of cervical cancer or prostate cancer
- Increased risk of transmitting HIV
To protect yourself against trichomoniasis and other STD’s, always practice safe sex.
How Do I Get Tested for Trichomoniasis?
While at-home test kits exist for STD’s such as HIV, gonorrhea and Chlamydia, no such test exists for trichomoniasis and many other STD’s. Therefore, it is important to get tested for STD’s according to your doctor’s instructions.
Another way to get tested for STD’s is to do STD testing online. You schedule the test online and then you need only go to the lab. Your results will be available to you online afterwards.
The way STD testing online works is you schedule a time to go to a testing lab near you (usually there are so many locations that you’ll find one very close by). The STD testing center is confidential and the test usually only takes a few minutes. Then you will receive your test results online. Many companies send your results fast- within 1-2 days.
STD testing online is also good if you want to do the test before seeing your doctor.
Do not let embarrassment or fear stop you from getting an STD test. Put your health first!
There are several major companies that offer STD testing online, including: