When the bladder empties, urine flows out of the body through a tube called the urethra, located at the bottom of the bladder. In men the urethra is long, while in women it is short.

Source: NIDDK (NIH)1

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The urethra is the tube that allows urine to pass out of the body. In men, it's a long tube that runs through the penis. It also carries semen in men. In women, it's short and is just above the vagina. Urethral problems may happen due to aging, illness, or injury.

Source: MedLinePlus (NIH)2

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Urethra: A tube that transports Urine from the Urinary Bladder to the outside of the body in both the sexes. It also has a reproductive function in the male by providing a passage for Sperm.3

Anatomical Information about Urethra

The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body. In women, the urethra is about 1 inches long and is just above the vagina. In men, the urethra is about 8 inches long, and goes through the prostate gland and the penis to the outside of the body. In men, the urethra also carries semen.

Urine flows out of the bladder and leaves the body through the urethra. The part of the urethra that is closest to the bladder is called the proximal urethra. The part that is closest to where the urine leaves the body is called the distal urethra. The urethra is about 8 inches long in men and about 1 inches long in women.

Source: NCI (NIH)4


Types may include:5

Types of Urethra:

  • Female Urethra
  • Male Urethra

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  1. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ health-topics/ Anatomy/ kidneys-how-they-work/ Pages/ anatomy.aspx
  2. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ urethraldisorders.html
  3. Source: MeSH (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
  4. Source: NCI (NIH): cancer.gov/ types/ urethral/ patient/ urethral-treatment-pdq
  5. Source: NCI Thesaurus
  6. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ urethraldisorders.html
  7. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ woundsandinjuries.html
  8. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ diabetes/ preventing-diabetes-problems/ sexual-urologic-problems

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