Urethral discharge in men

A natural physiological process is the separation of a small volume of the urinary canal in men. This is a type 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.

Types of discharge in men when they are excited

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 discharge in men

A white or colorless liquid is constantly present in the foreskin of the penis. It may gradually come out of the urethra with pressure, sometimes even spontaneously.

Table "Criteria for normal discharge in men"

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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 secretion of fat residue and bacteria prevents the foreskin from rubbing against the head. Abundance depends on age - the largest amount of fluid in adolescence, and the smallest in old age (practically absent)
Colorless discharge that looks like clear mucus (sexual desire urethrorhoea) Mucus is produced by the urethral and bulburethral glands during erection (when aroused). Their purpose is to lubricate the urethra for the unimpeded passage of seminal fluid through it. The amount of secretion is usually small, but it can increase depending on the sexual abstinence of contact (the less often a man has sexual intercourse, the more abundant the preejaculatory secretion - sometimes it drips from the penis). Is it possible to get pregnant from such secretions? Practically not, because they contain very little sperm. But after the eruption of seminal fluid, repeated sexual intercourse without protection can lead to conception
Ejaculation that is not accompanied by sexual intercourse (emission) Spontaneous ejaculation occurs in the morning (highest levels of testosterone in the blood). A similar phenomenon occurs during sleep. Infection is more often observed in teenagers, but it can also occur in adult men who do not have regular sexual intercourse.
Clear discharge from the urethra (prostorrhea) The composition of secretions is sperm and prostate secretion. Liquid comes out of the urinary canal with strong tension during defecation, coughing. Discharge of glass from the penis occurs even after the emission of urine - a normal phenomenon

Pouring discharge or getting an uncharacteristic shade from them is the first symptom of urogenital pathologies. Violations can be accompanied by a change in the color of urine, pain in the lower abdomen, discomfort in the genitals.

Causes of urethral discharge

Venereal pathogens, nonspecific infections, malignant tumors, mechanical damage (injuries, operations) are able to cause atypical discharge from the penis. The nature of discharge from the penis depends on the specific pathology in the genitourinary system.

Inflammatory processes

Foci of inflammation can be caused by a violation of the microflora of the genital organs, caused by opportunistic organisms - staphylococcus aureus, Candida fungi, Escherichia coli. Such bacteria in a small amount are always present in 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, provoked serious illness.

  1. Thrush. This pathology is characterized by white curd discharge with white pellets, resembling curd. The secretion is abundant with an unpleasant sour smell. During ejaculation or urination, a man feels a burning sensation in the penis, pain and pain in the groin.
  2. Inflammatory lesion of the foreskindistinguish purulent jelly-like secretions with the smell of decay. At the same time, redness and severe pain appear in the head.
  3. Urethral Gardnerellosis. The nature of the secreted liquid is scanty, it has the smell of rotten fish, the color is green or yellow.
  4. Prostatitis. The secreted liquid is cloudy, appears at the end of urination. In the acute course of the disease, the pathological secretion from the penis is abundant and during the chronic period it is scarce. In addition to atypical secretions, a man suffers from difficulty urinating and pain in the groin.
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Non-specific inflammations are not sexually transmitted. The source of their appearance is an imbalance of the urogenital flora.

Non-inflammatory pathologies

Pathological discharge can be caused by chronic diseases or injuries not only of the genitals, but also of the spine, nervous system, and constant stress.

  1. Hematorrhea- the condition is characterized by bleeding without clotting. Usually the cause can be mechanical damage (trauma, catheter placement, getting a stain on the flora). In this case, the secreted blood does not clot and quickly stops. In the case of small stones, bloody stringy mucus is present from the urinary tract after or during bladder emptying.
  2. Spermatorrhoea- involuntary ejaculation of semen outside of sexual intercourse or masturbation. The cause of the white discharge is the weakening of the tone of the seminiferous tubules, the violation of innervation in them.
  3. Oncological neoplasms in the organs of the genitourinary system. Brown discharge contains blood clots, the consistency is mucous, there are purulent inclusions and a corresponding smell.
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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.

venereal infections

The first symptom of sexually transmitted diseases is abnormal discharge from the penis. Their nature depends on the specific pathogen:

  1. Foamy, colorless or white mucus containing pus appears as a result of exacerbation of mycoplasmosis, ureaplasmosis or chlamydia. Especially many plaques on the head of the penis when affected by chlamydia.
  2. A small amount of clear and sticky liquid is a symptom of a chronic chlamydial infection, mycoplasmosis or ureaplasmosis.
  3. Green or yellow mucus with a pungent 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 hurt, itch and burn, especially during urination.


The amount of discharge from the penis, its color and smell can change with neglect of the disease. Often, the infections are combined (gonorrhea and trichomoniasis, ureaplasmosis and mycoplasmosis), which worsens the patient's condition. With unnatural fluid from the penis, you should immediately contact a specialist.

Which doctor should I contact?

An uncharacteristic secretion from the urethra, difficult emptying of the bladder, pain in the groin are symptoms that should be sent to the hospital immediately. A urologist deals with diseases of the genitourinary system. After examining the patient and evaluating his complaints, the doctor may prescribe a consultation with other highly specialized specialists:

  • venereologist (if you suspect sexual infections);
  • oncologist (if there are characteristic signs of a tumor process).
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A complete laboratory and instrumental examination is required to establish the final diagnosis.


The initial stage of a comprehensive examination is a complete examination by a urologist:

  1. Visual assessment of the state of the genital organs - penis, head and foreskin, perineum. The purpose of the examination is to identify injuries, deformities, seals, inflammation and the presence of a skin rash.
  2. Palpation in the groin area. The condition of the lymph nodes, size, density, skin color is evaluated.
  3. Prostate examination. The procedure is performed by inserting a finger into the anus. The goal is to identify the seals in the prostate gland and take the biological material for analysis.
  4. Collection of secretions from the urinary tract for planting in flora and microscopy - allows you to identify the source of the disease and understand the degree of the inflammatory process.
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Then, the patient must pass a clinical blood test, if necessary, a detailed biochemistry. Hardware diagnostics is also mandatory:

  • Ultrasound of the kidneys, prostate and bladder;
  • CT scan;
  • urography.


If malignant tumors in the urogenital system are suspected, the man is prescribed a biopsy and a complete histological examination of the biological material is performed.

Treatment of pathological secretions

Heterogeneous discharge from the urethra with an unnatural color is only a symptom of the disease. You need to treat the pathology that caused changes in the secretion from the penis. Based on the type of negative processes in the urogenital system, doctors use several groups of drugs:

  1. Antifungal drugs. They are used for candidal lesions.
  2. Antibiotic agents from the group of cephalosporins - used for gonorrhea, bacterial urethritis.
  3. Long-acting drugs.
  4. Anti-inflammatory antibiotics.

In addition to medications, the patient is given vitamin complexes, as well as immunostimulating drugs.


To avoid the negative consequences of urogenital pathologies, it is important to follow preventive measures.

  1. Observe hygiene. It is important to wash the head of the penis well, pushing the foreskin back to prevent the growth of bacteria.
  2. Monitor intimate life. Eliminate promiscuity, always protect yourself.
  3. Empty your bladder at the right time to prevent it from over-expanding.
  4. Avoid stress, excessive emotional work.
  5. Optimize physical activity - do not deplete the body with hard work or excessive training.
pain in groin with discharge when excited

It is necessary to eat properly, eliminate bad habits and avoid hypothermia.

Normal discharge in men is clear or white in moderate amounts. The appearance of an unpleasant smell, impurities of pus or blood, a change in the consistency of the glass to curd, 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 thorough examination, doctors prescribe the appropriate treatment.