Urethra - a tube located below the clitoris and above the vaginal opening. It connects the urinary bladder to the outside of the body and is one of the last organs along the urinary tract.

In males, the urethra travels through the penis, and carries semen as well as urine. In females, the urethra is shorter and emerges above the vaginal opening.

The external urethral sphincter is a striated muscle that allows voluntary control over urination.

Problems with the Urethra

Since the urine leaves the body from the urethra, you may want to read more about peeing. You may also be curious about why urine has the familiar yellow urine. We explain this in more detail in other pages of the site, but the reason for the yellow color in the urine is the presence of a chemical called urobilin which are byproducts of the body's processing of another chemical called bilirubin.

Diagnosing Problematic Symptoms

The possible problems associated with the urethra have similar symptoms like the possibility of gross hematuria which is the blood in urine that is visible with the naked eye, pain in the lower abdominal area and when peeing, and a few others. It is difficult to tell what exactly may be causing these symptoms. There are a number of over the counter urine dipstick tests which may tell you whether there is an abnormal amount of some chemical present in your pee.

To correctly interpret the findings of the dipstick test you would be well advised to seek diagnosis from a highly qualified medical professional who would be able to correctly interpret the results of the tests, send you for more testing if necessary, and prescribe a plan to treat and cure the problem you may be having. Remember, most unusual symptoms tend to go away on their own. Monitor your symptoms for a few days if they are not severe enough and do not require immediate attention. If the symptoms do not go away on their own, you should take steps to diagnose and treat the symptoms.

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