A bladder infection can cause discomfort, including pain in your groin. It is important to seek treatment because the infection can lead to serious complications, like kidney damage or sepsis.
A bladder infection is caused by bacteria that enter the urethra or bladder and grow and spread too quickly to be cleared by urination, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Symptoms of a bladder infection include cloudy urine, painful urination and cramping and pain in the lower abdomen. You could feel pain or a burning sensation in your bladder or urethra. The sensation of needing to urinate immediately after voiding can also contribute to discomfort in your groin.
Risk factors for a bladder infection include age, having diabetes and having a blockage in your urethra. Women are more likely to experience pain just above their pubic bone.
Treatment for a bladder infection usually begins with a course of antibiotics. Your doctor could also prescribe phenazopyridine for you to help reduce the sensation of burning, pain and pressure in your groin.
Symptoms of a bladder infection, including groin pain, usually disappear within 48 hours of beginning treatment. It is important to take the entire course of antibiotics to ensure the infection does not return.