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Dr. James Lin Dr. Lin
Urology
47 years in practice
Kaohsiung Medical University
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How big is the urethral opening for women?

How big is the urethral opening for women?

Here are some...: For adults, at rest, the diameter of urethral opening is 0 mm since it is closed; at voiding, its diameter is about 4-8 mm since it opens up but with various degree to reflect its dynamic functionality to relax and open. Besides, its configuration may wide vary among individual so at times an inexperienced eyes may fail to identify it accurately. If in doubt, have doctors take a look and answer Q.

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


Dr. Joe Littlejohn Dr. Littlejohn
Urology
22 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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What color should the opening to the female urethra be?

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.

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Dr. Brian Golden Dr. Golden
Urology
17 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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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.

Dr. Visalakshi Vallury Dr. Vallury
Family Medicine
20 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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What color should a females Urethral opening should be? Because Mines is Black or a Dark color n I have redness in white watery discharge no smell,

What color should a females Urethral opening should be? Because Mines is Black or a Dark color n I have redness in white watery discharge no smell,

Pink: The urethral tissue should normally be pink in color. Discoloration and discharge are worrisome for infection. You should see your doctor.

Dr. Ted Saha Dr. Saha
Palliative Care
39 years in practice
Patna University, Patna Medical College
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My urethral opening is swollen with a red dot in center. No itching, burning. No sex in 2 yrs. I'm 62 yr. Old female. Cause for concern?

My urethral opening is swollen with a red dot in center. No itching, burning. No sex in 2 yrs. I'm 62 yr. Old female. Cause for concern?

Urethritis.: Do you have painful urination? Infection of urethra is the most common cause of urethritis (swelling of urethra). Cancer of urethra is rare. Blood in the urine, frequent urination, urethral discharge, enlarged glands in the groin are present. Risk factors for cancer are history of bladder cancer, being 60 yrs and older, white female, chronically red, swollen urethra. Consult your gynecologist very soon.

Dr. Steven Hebert Dr. Hebert
Pathology
25 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport
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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.

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Dr. Harold Tsai Dr. Tsai
Urology
26 years in practice
Rush Medical College
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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

Dr. James Lin Dr. Lin
Urology
47 years in practice
Kaohsiung Medical University
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When I google about pigmented female urethral opening, it gives me results about urethral cancer. Mine is black in color & I observed this recently.

When I google about pigmented female urethral opening, it gives me results about urethral cancer. Mine is black in color & I observed this recently.

Here are some. ..: The color of urethral opening alone should not be taken as a sign of urethral cancer especially for a 22-yr female like you as long as being comfortable and having no bleeding and palpable induratiion there or its vicinity. Of course, if still in doubt, see a gyn-doc for more detailed Hx, physicals etc. For confirmation.

Dr. Renee Harris Dr. Harris
Obstetrics & Gynecology
33 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
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21 yr old healthy female. I randomly got this feeling that I need to slightly pee, but only directly @ urethral opening. Not uti. Any ideas?

21 yr old healthy female. I randomly got this feeling that I need to slightly pee, but only directly @ urethral opening. Not uti. Any ideas?

Irritation: The urethra can be irritated from other types of infections, from irritation after intercourse or foreplay, or from allergic type reactions to bath soaps, salts, etc. Your doctor should be able to evaluate you for these.

Dr. Vanessa Neal Dr. Neal
Pediatrics
13 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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No burning when I urinate, just overall discomfort/pain at urethra opening. Do I need to go to doctor? I'm a 32yo female, married w/one child.

No burning when I urinate, just overall discomfort/pain at urethra opening. Do I need to go to doctor? I'm a 32yo female, married w/one child.

Urethral Pain: Hello JessaraeB. I would recommend seeing a doctor so that they can examine your vaginal area to check for injury or inflammation at the urethral opening. Sometimes trauma can occur in that area accidently from wiping or sex. Also, certain infections other than urinary tract infections can cause pain in that area as well. Best wishes.

Dr. Bryan Levey Dr. Levey
Pediatrics
23 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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Is it normal for a 2yr old female's urethra opening to seal off allowing a small amount if urine to pass? Dr only gave hydrocortisone cream.

Is it normal for a 2yr old female's urethra opening to seal off allowing a small amount if urine to pass? Dr only gave hydrocortisone cream.

Labial fusion: It's not the urethra that's sealed, it's likely the labia in front of the urethra that are fused together. This is actually pretty common. It becomes a problem when, as you described, it obstructs the flow of urine. When this happens a mild steroid or hormone cream can be used to gently open the labia and remove the obstruction.

Dr. Michael Miller Dr. Miller
Wound care
32 years in practice
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Will a urethral opening cut heal?

Will a urethral opening cut heal?

Natural Healing: The good news is that area has fantastic blood supply and so healing will occur rapidly. Inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling) is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Dressings and ointments are of no value there. Avoid further trauma to the area and let nature take it's course.

Dr. James Lin Dr. Lin
Urology
47 years in practice
Kaohsiung Medical University
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Swollen urethral opening will it go down?

Swollen urethral opening will it go down?

Does the condition..: Does the concerned condition happen in a man or women? Would you give more details on its degree and symptoms with the sequence of event? Thus, a more specific answer can be provided.

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
Family Medicine
14 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Is it possible to rip your urethra hole on female?

Yes: Urethral trauma can occur resulting in tearing, lacerations, and dilation.

Dr. Carin Van Gelder Dr. Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine
21 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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What should I do if my urethra opening is misplaced?

What should I do if my urethra opening is misplaced?

Urologist: Get an evaluation by a urologist. Chances are a previous doctor like a pediatrician has already seen the problem and decided it was okay.

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Dr. George Klauber Dr. Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
years in practice
University of London, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine
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Is a urethra located in women only? Or do men have it as well?

Is a 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.

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Dr. Warren Everett Dr. Everett
Family Medicine
years in practice
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Urethral opening redness and some discomfort. What could this mean?

Urethral opening redness and some discomfort. What could this mean?

Urethritis: A urinalysis and check for chlamydia/gc should be done to investigate it, but it could be because you are fortunate to have an active sex life. The wives would get this after their husbands were gone for a deployment when I was in the service. Perhaps be grateful for what you can complain about.

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Dr. Scott Bobbitt Dr. Bobbitt
Dentistry
28 years in practice
University of Connecticut Health Center School of Dental Medicine
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I have a growth that is attached to the inside of my urethra and it sticks out the urethral opening about a mm.

I have a growth that is attached to the inside of my urethra and it sticks out the urethral opening about a mm.

Generic term: "growth " is a far too generic term for the internet/this forum. A doctor needs to know size, duration, consistency, color, borders, physical characteristics, point of origin and your history. A photo is ok, but physical examination is best. Please see your doctor for any lesion/abnormality for best info. Good luck.

Dr. Keith Ramsey Dr. Ramsey
Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine
32 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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I have a long and thin piece of flesh like a rope connected to my urethral opening, I was born with it. Is it normal?

Have it checked: The only way to know is to have the doctor check you and let you know if it is normal.

Dr. James Lin Dr. Lin
Urology
47 years in practice
Kaohsiung Medical University
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Hello. I have a 4 years old and recently I have noticed she has her urethra opening a little bit black or dark. Is it a problem?

Hello. I have a 4 years old and recently I have noticed she has her urethra opening a little bit black or dark. Is it a problem?

Be checked...: Did she had history of possible injury of any causes? Has she complain of any local discomfort at any time especially at peeing? If nothing, you may watch and see if this little dark area may change in its degree and size. If okay, it could be just watched as suggested. If not or still in doubt of any degree, seek evaluation by following those in http://sick-ask. Com/onDealSickness. Html. Best wish