A natural physiological process is the allocation of a small volume of urine channel in men. This is a kind of lubricant, which is obtained as a result of the work of the glands concentrated in the head of the penis. Abundance, heterogeneous consistency and cloudy color are signs of pathological disorders in the urogenital system.
Changes in the color, consistency or amount of discharge from the urethra in men indicate the presence of a disease of the genitourinary system
Normal flow in men
A whitish or colorless fluid is constantly present on the foreskin of the penis. It can gradually come out of the urethra with pressure, sometimes spontaneously.
Table "Normal discharge criteria in men"
|smegma||The lubricant is produced by the preputial glands, it has the consistency of sour cream, the color is white, sometimes with a yellow or green tint. The secret of the remains of fat and bacteria prevents the foreskin from rubbing with the head. The abundance depends on age: the greatest amount of fluid in adolescence and the least in old age (practically absent)|
|Colorless discharge that looks like clear mucus (libido urethrorrhea)||Mucus is produced by the urethral and bulbourethral glands during an erection (when aroused). Its purpose is to lubricate the urethra for the unimpeded passage of seminal fluid through it. The amount of discharge is usually small, but it can increase depending on the sexual abstinence of contact (the less often a man has sex, the more abundant the pre-eculative secret, sometimes it drips from the penis). Is it possible to get pregnant from such secretions? Practically no, because they contain very few sperm. But after the eruption of seminal fluid, repeated unprotected intercourse can lead to conception.|
|Ejaculation not associated with sexual intercourse (emission)||Spontaneous ejaculation occurs in the morning (highest levels of testosterone in the blood). There is a similar phenomenon during sleep. Contamination is most often seen in adolescents, but it can also occur in adult men who do not have regular sexual intercourse.|
|Clear discharge from the urethra (prostorrhea)||The composition of the secretions is semen and prostatic secretion. Liquid comes out of the urinary canal with strong tension during defecation, coughing. Vitreous discharge from the penis occurs even after the emission of urine, a normal phenomenon.|
Clouding of the discharge or the acquisition of a tone uncharacteristic for them is the first symptom of urogenital pathologies. Violations may be accompanied by a change in the color of urine, pain in the lower abdomen, discomfort in the genitals.
Causes of discharge from the urethra
Venereal pathogens, non-specific infections, malignant tumors, mechanical damage (injuries, surgeries) are capable of causing atypical penile discharge. The nature of discharge from the penis depends on the specific pathology of the genitourinary system.
Foci of inflammation can be caused by a violation of the microflora of the genital organs, caused by opportunistic organisms: staphylococcus aureus, Candida fungus, Escherichia coli. Such bacteria in a small amount are always present on the mucous membrane of the foreskin, and with a decrease in immunity (taking antibiotics for a long time, moral exhaustion or hypothermia of the body), they begin to develop actively and lead to serious diseases.
- Thrush. This pathology is characterized by curdled white discharge with white granules, resembling cottage cheese. The secret is abundant with an unpleasant sour smell. During ejaculation or urination, the man feels a burning sensation in the penis, pain and pain in the groin.
- Inflammatory lesion of the foreskindiffers gelatinous purulent discharge with the smell of rot. At the same time, severe redness and pain appear in the head.
- Urethral gardnerellosis. The nature of the secreted fluid is scanty, there is a smell of rotten fish, the color is green or yellow.
- Prostatitis. The secreted fluid is cloudy, it appears at the end of urination. In the acute course of the disease, the pathological secretion of the penis is abundant, and during the chronic period it is scarce. In addition to atypical discharge, a man suffers from difficulty urinating and pain in the groin.
Nonspecific inflammations are not sexually transmitted. The source of its occurrence is an imbalance of the urogenital flora.
Provoke pathological discharge can be chronic diseases or injuries not only of the genital organs, but also of the spine, the nervous system, constant stress.
- hematorrhea- the condition is characterized by bloody discharge without clots. Usually, the cause can be mechanical damage (trauma, placement of a catheter, taking a smear from the flora). In this case, the blood is released without clots and stops quickly. In the case of the discharge of small calculi, there is mucus with bloody threads from the urinary canal after or during the emptying of the bladder.
- spermatorrhea- involuntary leakage of semen outside of sexual intercourse or masturbation. The cause of whitish discharge is the weakening of the tone of the seminiferous tubules, the violation of the innervation in them.
- Oncological neoplasms in the organs of the genitourinary system. Brown discharge contains blood clots, the consistency is mucous, there are purulent inclusions and the corresponding odor.
With problems in the contractile function of the smooth muscles of the bladder, a benign tumor of the prostate, the discharge is white or transparent, liquid and abundant, but odorless.
The first symptom of sexually transmitted diseases is abnormal discharge from the penis. Its nature depends on the specific pathogen:
- Colorless or whitish frothy mucus, containing pus, appears as a consequence of exacerbation of mycoplasmosis, ureaplasmosis or chlamydia. Especially a large amount of plaque on the head of the penis when affected by chlamydia.
- A small amount of clear, sticky fluid is a symptom of a chronic chlamydia, mycoplasmosis, or ureaplasmosis infection.
- Green or yellow mucus with a strong odor is a sign of gonorrhea. The discharge in this case is sticky and abundant, has a thick consistency. The disease causes great discomfort: the genitals ache, itch and burn, especially when urinating.
The amount of discharge from the penis, its color and smell can change with neglect of the disease. Often infections are combined (gonorrhea and trichomoniasis, ureaplasmosis and mycoplasmosis), which aggravates the patient's condition. With unnatural fluid from the penis, you should immediately contact a specialist.
Which doctor should I contact?
An uncharacteristic secret from the urethra, difficulty emptying the bladder, pain in the groin are symptoms that should be immediately taken to the hospital. A urologist deals with diseases of the genitourinary system. After examining the patient and evaluating her complaints, the doctor can prescribe a consultation with other highly specialized specialists:
- venereologist (if you suspect sexual infections);
- oncologist (if there are characteristic signs of a tumor process).
A complete laboratory and instrumental examination is required to make a final diagnosis.
The initial stage of a comprehensive examination is a comprehensive examination by a urologist:
- Visual assessment of the state of the genitals: penis, head and foreskin, perineum. The purpose of the examination is to identify lesions, deformities, seals, inflammation, and the presence of a skin rash.
- Palpation in the groin area. The state of the lymph nodes, their size, density, skin color is assessed.
- Prostate examination. The procedure is carried out by inserting a finger into the anus. The objective is to identify seals in the prostate gland and take biological material for analysis.
- Collection of secretions from the urinary canal for planting in flora and microscopy - allows you to identify the source of the disease and understand the degree of the inflammatory process.
Next, the patient must pass a clinical blood test, if necessary - a detailed biochemistry. Hardware diagnostics are also mandatory:
- Ultrasound of kidneys, prostate and bladder;
- computed tomography;
If malignant tumors in the urogenital system are suspected, a man is prescribed a biopsy and a full histological examination of biological material is carried out.
Treatment of pathological secretions.
Heterogeneous discharge from the urethra of an unnatural color is only a symptom of the disease. You need to treat the pathology that caused changes in the secretion of the penis. Depending on the type of negative processes in the urogenital system, doctors use several groups of drugs:
- Antifungal drugs. They are used for Candida lesions.
- Antibiotic agents from the cephalosporin group are used for gonorrhea and bacterial urethritis.
- Long-acting drugs.
- Anti-inflammatory antibiotics.
In addition to drugs, the patient is given vitamin complexes, as well as immunostimulating drugs.
In order to avoid the negative consequences of urogenital pathologies, it is important to follow preventive measures.
- Observe hygiene. It is important to wash the head of the penis well, pushing the foreskin back to prevent bacteria from multiplying.
- Supervise intimate life. Eliminate promiscuity, always protect yourself.
- Empty the bladder in a timely manner to avoid overdistention.
- Avoid stress, emotional overwork.
- Optimize physical activity: Don't exhaust your body with hard work or overtraining.
It is necessary to eat right, eliminate bad habits and avoid hypothermia.
Normal discharge in men is clear or white in moderate amounts. The appearance of an unpleasant odor, impurities of pus or blood, a change in consistency from glassy to curdled, sticky or watery are symptoms of pathological abnormalities in the organs of the genitourinary system. To identify the causes of this condition, you should contact a urologist. After a complete examination, doctors prescribe the appropriate treatment.