What is the Urethra?
The urethra is a tube that carries urine from the bladder out of your body through your urinary tract. It connects with the outside world via ducts called tubes (urethral glands). The ureters are located on either side of each kidney, just above the kidneys. They connect to arteries and veins in your legs, arms, chest and back. A catheter may be inserted into one or both of these tubes to drain urine from the bladder. The urethra is part of the urinary tract, which includes all organs in your lower abdomen that empty urine from their own bodies into a container called a bladder.
The Urethra: An Overview When you urinate, urine flows down the urethra from your bladder. Your prostate gland secretes a fluid called prostatic juice when it squeezes during sexual stimulation. This liquid passes into the urethra and mixes with other fluids inside the tube before exiting through your urinary opening.
Urethra : Urethral Glands The urethral glands, also known as bulbourethral glands, are located at the base of the urethra and secrete a thin, mucus-like fluid that washes over the urethra and helps to lubricate the opening.
How Does the Urethra Relate to Female Genital Organs?
The urethra is a tube that carries urine from your bladder out through your genitals. For women, the urethra is much shorter than it is in men and opens just below the urinary opening.
Does the Urethra Play a Role in Ejaculation?
For men, the urethra plays a role in ejaculation. Sperm passes through the urethra during ejaculation. Urine and ejaculate do not come into contact with one another.
What is an Urethritis?
The term urethritis means an inflamed urethra. It is often caused by a bacterial infection or more rarely, a sexually transmitted disease. Most cases are easily treated with antibiotics. In some cases, the treatment can be more involved and may require a short course of steroids. There are times when a man will experience recurring urethritis due to the fact that he may engage in unprotected sexual activity with multiple partners.
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- Urethral strictures (AR Mundy, DE Andrich – BJU international, 2011 – imop.gr)
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- Urethral valve (SM Osthagen, HM Wise Jr – US Patent 3,642,004, 1972 – Google Patents)
- Hypospadias and urethral development (LS Baskin – The Journal of urology, 2000 – Elsevier)
- Urethral prosthesis (R Schulte – US Patent 3,789,828, 1974 – Google Patents)