Urethritis: Causes and Remedies

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The home remedies for urethritis include the use of cat’s claw, green tea, cranberry juice, water, juniper berry, and cypress essential oil. You can also make lifestyle and behavioral changes like using condoms regularly, taking hot baths, and reducing caffeine and alcohol to see positive results.

Urethritis is a condition where the urethra becomes inflamed and irritated. It is most commonly caused by a bacterial infection or through sexual contact. Painful urination is the main symptom of urethritis.


If you are experiencing the symptoms of urethritis, you should speak to a doctor and go in for an examination, in order to determine the cause and severity of the condition. A typical urethritis examination consists of the following:

  • The doctor physically examines your abdomen and genitals.
  • A physical exam is accompanied by a urine test and taking specimens of any discharge.
  • Blood tests are occasionally done but are rarely necessary.


The treatment will depend on the cause:

  • You need to see a doctor, in case chlamydia or a more serious infection is the underlying cause.
  • The most common solution for the problem is a range of antibiotics to neutralize the infection, including erythromycin and azithromycin.

A young man holding his groin, suffering from urethritis

While medications are certainly effective at battling an infection but many people prefer a more natural solution. Let’s look at how to cure urethritis naturally.

Home Remedies for Urethritis

Here are some of the best home remedies for urethritis:

Cat’s Claw

This herb has antibacterial and antiviral effects, making it a potent immune system booster that can help to recover quickly from a bout of urethritis.

Green Tea

The well-known antioxidant and immune-improving components of green tea make it a perfect remedy if you’re suffering from painful urination. If you drink 1-2 cups of green tea every day, the catechins and volatile components will reduce inflammation and pain, while seeking out infections and neutralizing them.

Cranberry Juice

Drinking a few glasses of cranberry juice a day is highly recommended, as cranberries are able to prevent bacteria from attaching to the walls of the urethra.


Remaining hydrated is essential as you will likely feel the urge to pee more often; drinking water will help you flush out the infection. Water is very beneficial used in conjunction with a more formal medication or antibiotic.

Hot Bath

Soaking in a hot bath can soothe the inflammation and get rid of the pain you may be experiencing as the result of urethritis.  This stimulation of the body (no more than 15 minutes) can stimulate circulation, promote healing, and provide relief from the pain.

Reduce Caffeine & Alcohol

These two substances have been directly linked to exacerbated symptoms of urethritis. By cutting back on the coffee and alcohol, you will improve circulation, give your immune system a break, and lower inflammation throughout the body – including the urethra.

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Use Condoms

Using condoms is both a preventative approach for urethritis, as well as a remedy. Condoms help to prevent the vast majority of sexually transmitted infections, and can also make sex less painful if you are, in fact, having sex while suffering from urethritis. They are the safest way to protect yourself and your partner!

Juniper Berry

Juniper berry has been closely linked to urethral inflammation and can benefit urethritis sufferers by strengthening the immune system and soothing painful irritation. They are also helpful in preventing the infection from spreading to other parts of the reproductive system.

Cypress Oil & Pine Oil

Cypress essential oil or pine essential oil can be used in very small amounts when mixed in water and then applied gently to the urethral opening. The powerful antiviral and antibacterial components of these essential oils can rapidly clear up the infection and eliminate the pain.

Word of Caution: These natural remedies are recommendations based on anecdotal evidence. However, some of the infectious causes of urethritis can be more dangerous than others. Even if you are planning on taking a natural or herbal approach to treating the condition, a medical professional can point you in the right direction by helping you understand more about your specific case.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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