FEMALE ANATOMY: URETHRA AND BARTHOLIN’S GLANDS

The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside. The opening of the urethra is located below the clitoris, and it can sometimes be difficult to see when a woman examines herself. The urethra can be the site of sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, which can cause burning with urination. Bladder infections (which, unlike in men, are very common in women) can also cause irritation of the urethra.

Glands on each side of the urethra, called Skene’s glands, supply lubricating fluid to the vaginal area during sexual stimulation. These can sometimes become the site of sexually transmitted bacterial infections. BARTHOLIN’S GLANDS

Bartholin’s glands sit on each side of the lower part of the vaginal opening and secrete lubricating fluids during sexual stimulation. They can also become infected (in particular with gonorrhea and chlamydia), and this would make them enlarged and painful. They are not usually noticeable.

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