I am a woman, about 48 years old and in very good health. I have pain in just the urethral opening. It doesn't burn when I urinate and I feel no urgency to urinate. It isn't terribly incapacitating, but it is worrisome because it is almost always present.
What it feels like is as if there is a sliver of glass pricking the tissue, kind of tingling discomfort. It's very strange. I haven't had anything like this before. An herbalist I see thinks it could be some candida that is irritating the opening. I had a mild yeast problem around my vulva that some yeast cream and herbs have taken care of, but the pain in my urethra is persisting. I am concerned about this. Anyone ever experience anything like this?
The only thing I can relate it to is a new sexual partner. Maybe some bacteria has gotten into the urethra during sex. Anyone ever have urinary tract infection that just affected the opening and didn't work itself up into the urethra?
The other thought is that maybe some foreign body has lodged itself in there. I can't think of anything that would have, but if anyone has ever heard of something that could produce this sensation, I would be most grateful.
Another thought is that it could be from soap irritation, but this seems doubtful.
By the way, I always wear cotton lined underwear, practice good hygene at the toilet, go to the bathroom after sex, etc.