Nongonococcal Urethritis is an inflammation of the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body) that is not caused by gonorrheal infection.

Street Name: NGU

Symptoms: Pain or burning during urination and an urge to urinate more frequently. Another symptom is redness around the opening of the urethra – the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body.

Men with nongonococcal urethritis also often have a yellow discharge from the urethra. Women are less likely to have symptoms from sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhea and chlamydia.

Treatment/ Relief: Infectious urethritis can be treated with a variety of antibiotics. Because certain strains of bacteria have become resistant to specific antibiotics, a doctor may need to prescribe a different antibiotic if symptoms continue after taking the first prescription.

How you get it: Urethritis is transmitted through sexual activity.

What should you know Having sexually transmitted urethritis may increase your risk of HIV infection. If you already have HIV, urethritis may increase the risk that you will pass HIV to a sex partner.

How does this impact pregnancy?

NGU can increase the risk of infertility and ectopic pregnancies.