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How the Man's Urinary Tract works

Sode profeile - Men's Urinary Tract graphic details how the Urethra travels from the tip of the penis and into the bladder; also shows the ureters which travel up from the bladder towards the kidneys (latter not shown).


The Urethra is the tube that leads up into the
bladder. Thus it is the principal method for germs to enter the bladder

In men, the urethra is located inside the penis and extends from the tip of the penis, along its length and into the bladder.


The urinary bladder is a hollow organ in your pelvis where urine collects after being produced in the kidneys.

Germs entering the bladder through the ureter multiply and lead to the symptoms of a Lower Urinary Tract Infection.


The Ureters are 2 very small tubes that connect each kidney to the bladder.

They transport urine created in the kidneys to the bladder from where the urine is passed out of the body.

Ureters can therefore also carry germs in the opposite direction from the bladder into the kidneys.


are 2 bean-shaped organs that are located in your mid-back section and
are responsible for filtering toxic material from the body.

They also carry out a number of other important functions in your body – here.

Infections involving the Kidneys (Pyelonephritis) can be very serious and are also known as Upper Urinary Tract Infections.

The parts of the urinary system can be examined via:

  • Urine tests (Urinalysis) can show signs of infection or abnormal function - high protein, glucose or blood.

  • Cystoscopy and bladder scan can explore the interior of the bladder and its size respectively.

  • Renal scans which are radiological tests performed to show the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.
    • Sometimes dye is added during the test so the scans can show how the kidneys and blood vessels of the tract work.

Learn the factors that lead to UTIs in men.

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