In meatal stenosis the meatus, or opening at the tip of the penis, becomes narrower. This condition can be present at birth or it can occur later in life, usually between ages three and seven. Meatal stenosis is almost always seen in males who have been circumcised. Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin over the tip of the penis.
If the urethra is injured, a person may develop urethra obstructions or strictures. Urethral strictures occur when the urethra is injured or scarred by an infection and then narrows. As a result, problems with the normal passage of urine and semen can develop. Urethral injuries can have devastating long-term consequences, such as potential complications of impotence, stricture and incontinence. Injuries may affect either the anterior or posterior part of the urethra. In most cases, anterior urethral trauma is characterized as a blunt injury to the perineum — the area between the genitals and anus — since the urethra is located near the skin in this area.
In this audio piece, three men talk about living with a condition that affects how the penis looks and works. Hypospadias occurs when the opening that is usually at the tip of the penis is found on the underside. It affects between 1 in and 1 in male babies — yet many of us have never heard of it. In this audio piece, Chris Chapman meets three men living with hypospadias. Transcript below the player.
Normally, the bladder is a sterile environment. But sometimes bacteria can migrate up the urethra into the bladder and multiply. Bacteria love dark, wet environments!