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Doctor insights on: Narrow Urethra In Women

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Urethra (Definition)

The canal through which urine exits the bladder, discharging the urine externally. In men, it is about 20-cm long with a membranous, prostatic, bulbar, and pendulous segments ending at the glans penis; it gives passage to the spermatic fluid as well as urine. In the female, the urethra is about 4 cm long & in close relation with the anterior ...Read more


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Is the female genitalia supposed to have 2 openings besides the anus? Because i only have the very narrow opening which I assume to be the urethra.

Is the female genitalia supposed to have 2 openings besides the anus? Because i only have the very narrow opening which I assume to be the urethra.

Normal anatomy: Yes normal female anatomy includes urethra, vagina and anus. If you are able to urinate you have a functioning urethra. You may not have an opening to your vagina or in rare cases the vagina can be absent. Please see a board certified ob/gyn for an exam. ...Read more

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Is an urethra located in women only? Or do men have it as well?

Is an urethra located in women only? Or do men have it as well?

Men & women: Urethra is the urinary passage, i.e. Urine flows thru it when people urinate. It is a short 1 1/2 inch tube in women located just in front of vagina when standing or sitting. It is much longer in men & passes thru the penis. It is also the passage for semen during ejaculation. ...Read more

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My urethra is white, is this normal? I am female. I have had pain coming from the urethra for 3 months and I'm sure it was pink before

My urethra is white, is this normal? I am female. I have had pain coming from the urethra for 3 months and I'm sure it was pink before

White urethra: Would be useful to know ageif sexually active, has partner had infections? Meds u are taking? Hx of diabetes? Suspect you mean the meatus (opening of your urethra). White suggests a monilia infection. I would google white urethra and look at the images and see if it looks like this. Or do video consult and show us. U sould go for a pelvic exams so you can find out what is going on. ...Read more

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How to find female urethra for caterization?

How to find female urethra for caterization?

See below: You may watch this video for instruction, but I would not recommend relying just on this for training. You should get instruction from a qualified nurse.
http://www.studentnursejourney.com/catheterizing-the-female-urinary-bladder-live-patient/ ...Read more

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What color should the opening to the female urethra be?

Pink: The urethral meatus, which is the opening of the urethra is typically the same color as the vaginal mucosa, pink. ...Read more

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Help! There's white thing coming out of female urethra!?

Help! There's white thing coming out of female urethra!?

Here are some...: Hi! Sobriquet1, Sorry to see you're being fretted by seeing "white thing out of urethra", which needs to be evaluated objectively to verify its clinical significance for you. To have its related things sorted out correctly has not to be hard by following instructions in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html; thereby you gain much insight on how to work with doc closely so to reach right Dx & Rx ...Read more

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Any suggestions on which is longer the male or female urethra?

Any suggestions on which is longer the male or female urethra?

Anatomic fact: Male urethra is much longer than the female. Female urethra extends from bladder neck, located behind public boe, straight down ending between labia minora, a matter of about 4.5 cm. Male urethra extends down toward back of scrotum, where it is little more than skin deep ; then angles forward across base of scrotum before running entire length of penis. At least 4 times length of female if erect. ...Read more

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Help please! I'm having white thing coming out of female urethra! Never happened before?

Help please! I'm having white thing coming out of female urethra! Never happened before?

White thing in...: Female urethra. Sounds like a fibroepithelial polyp from your age of 31y. You need an evaluation by a urologist with cystoscopy likely. ...Read more

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I wanted to know how the female urethra opening should look is the opening a perfect circle?

I wanted to know how the female urethra opening should look is the opening a perfect circle?

Imperfect: Very few things about people are perfect. The appearance of the female urethral opening (meatus) can vary pretty widely. ...Read more

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I am a female. 18 years old. And I can see my urethra. It hangs out of my body. It's been this way for a while. Is something wrong?

I am a female. 18 years old. And I can see my urethra. It hangs out of my body. It's been this way for a while. Is something wrong?

Prolapse?: This would be pretty unusual. It sounds like a gentle gynecological exam with an emphasis on going over normal anatomy with you would be a good idea. ...Read more

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I am 76 yrs.female had my urethra dilated why do I still have to a lot?

I am 76 yrs.female had my urethra dilated why do I still have to a lot?

Here are some ...: Urethral dilation for females is designed to ease the urethral functional narrowing from "stricture" or spam, but with widely variable symptomatic improvement so some controversy of its practice has remained. As to voiding often, it is related with changing bladder ability to hold the urine which is related with bladder muscle stability (OAB), central nerve change over time (aging), and... ...Read more

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What are suggestions for a lump/cyst next to a female's urethra?

What are suggestions for a lump/cyst next to a female's urethra?

Different options: That area has a lot of things in it both in the skin and below it. Sweat glands, hair follicles and skin cysts as well as lymph nodes, fatty tissue, vessels, tendons and other things. Is the lump growing, inflamed, painful, painless, draining, recurrent or constant, moveable or fixed...? Each of these (and many more) will provide your doc the answers as to what it is and what needs to be done. ...Read more

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Female, 59, new sticky greenish discharge from urethra, smells bad but no pain. What to do?

Female, 59, new sticky greenish discharge from urethra, smells bad but no pain.  What to do?

See a doctor: This sort of symptom needs in-person professional evaluation. Are you sure the dishcarge is from the urethra, not vagina? In any case, it sounds like an infection, although atypical for most urinary tract infections. STDs are possible if at risk, but quite rare at your age. Don't mess around with this; see your doctor ASAP. Good luck! ...Read more

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Female, feel like I have a swollen urethra, feels swollen inside and hurts. Recurrent uti's. What should I do?

See your doctor: This complaint should be evaluated through examination and testing for infection. See your provider. ...Read more

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26 yo/female. Noticed a lump. Urethra seems to come out at top of this lump. It is soft and does not hurt. A little bigger than a pea.

Need examination: If this lump is constant and does not go away, it could be cyst close to urethra or a pouch associated with urethra called urethral diverticulum. Please see a urologist to get examined. ...Read more

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I have a few movable flaps on my urethra (female), went to my gyno said they were normal glands but i can move them up and down , side like a skintag.

I have a few movable flaps on my urethra (female), went to my gyno said they were normal glands but i can move them up and down , side like a skintag.

Here are some...: How have the described flaps bothered you? Does the look of flaps bother you or do they hurt you? If not hurting and being checked as normal, I would say they are the normal variation with no clinical significance. Remember, we are born perfectly the same. Of course, without a direct look at, it is still hard to tell what these flaps may be for sure, clinically, they could be embryonal remnants. ...Read more

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If my prostate is swollen would it narrow my urethra? Making changes in urinating?

Depends.: Your prostate circles your urethra like a donut. When it swells it does restrict flow, but it generally occurs over long periods of time and can be subtle in onset. Very rare to occur in someone your age. ...Read more

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What does it mean if there is a yellow discharge & funny smell coming out from the female's urethra?

Urethra or vagina: Both very close. Could be at std like gonorrhea, bacterial urethritis or vaginosis which gives appearance of discharge/pus coming from urethral meatus. U would have to look very closely 2B sure it's coming from the urethral opening. Suggest that she consults her gynecologist. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have itching in my urethra and mucus discharge coming from it? I am a female.

What does it mean if I have itching in my urethra and mucus discharge coming from it? I am a female.

U may have a: Yeast infection, which causes itching and a whitish " cottage cheese like" discharge. Try an over the counter treatment for women's yeast infection. ...Read more

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19 yr female. Had a catheter put in at the ER. Took 4 nurses, ER Dr., and 7 trys with small cath. Lots of blood, how long before my urethra heals?

19 yr female. Had a catheter put in at the ER. Took 4 nurses, ER Dr., and 7 trys with small cath. Lots of blood, how long before my urethra heals?

Trauma: It's unusual to have such difficulty catheterizing a female patient, but trauma to the urethra should heal within several days to a week. If heavy bleeding into the urine persists or lasts much longer than a week, consult a urologist. ...Read more

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I'm a 20-year-old female. I have recently discovered small painful bumps near my urethra area. I'm sexually active, but always use protection. Help!

I'm a 20-year-old female. I have recently discovered small painful bumps near my urethra area. I'm sexually active, but always use protection. Help!

Time for visit: "Protection" is seldom perfect. Condoms can reduce but not eliminate your risk of a sexually transmitted infection & it sounds like you may have picked up one. It may not be, but early and effective treatment can reduce the risk of further problems if it is. ...Read more

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Unprotected oral from high risk female. Itchy urethra, took 1week levo, then 1week denvar, now im taking itraconazol. Itchy urethra still present. Help?

Unprotected oral from high risk female. Itchy urethra, took 1week levo, then 1week denvar, now im taking itraconazol. Itchy urethra still present. Help?

Stop all treatment: Oral sex is safe sex -- not completely risk free, but low risk for all STDs and zero for several. Any infection from that exposure that could have caused urethral itching would have been cured by one or more of the antibiotics you took. Probably this symptoms is psychological, resulting from anxiety over a sexual decision you regret. You have no infection. See a doctor if still concerned. ...Read more

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White substance around female urethra opening? Not a lot of it but it's not coming out of the vagina. Could it be yeast?

White substance around female urethra opening? Not a lot of it but it's not coming out of the vagina. Could it be yeast?

Yeast: Any discharge around the urethra could be a fungal infection. I would obtain a urine sample and see if there is an infection ...Read more