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Understanding the Male Anatomy (cont.)

Urethra

The urethra is surrounded by the corpus spongiosum, one of the cylindrical spaces of soft tissue of the penis described earlier. In men, the urethra provides a dual purpose:

  • to transport urine from the bladder, and
  • to transport the semen (sperm cells and fluid from the seminal vesicles and the prostate) out the tip of the penis.

Scar tissue in this passage, called strictures, can cause urinary difficulty.

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