Penile discharge, also known as urethral discharge, is any liquid that comes out of the penis that isn’t urine or semen. Penile discharge usually comes out through the he urethra, a tube that runs through the penis and has an opening at the tip. While penile discharge can be caused by many factors, leaking or oozing from the penis is often the result of an infection, such as sexually transmitted diseases.1
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Discharge from the penis can be watery and clear, or opaque and cloudy. It may contain pus and/or blood and have an unpleasant odor. Penile discharge can vary in color, consistency, and amount: It can be thin or thick, and might be clear, white, yellow, or tinted red from the blood. The flow can be hardly noticeable to impossible to ignore.
Penile discharge is often the result of infection, commonly sexually transmitted infections (like chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis) or germs that cause urinary tract infections.2 But other things can also cause discharge too. Factors or conditions that can cause penile discharge include:
Urethritis, the inflammation of the urethra, is one of the most common signs associated with discharge from the penis. Penile discharge may be accompanied by symptoms such as:
While discharge from the penis is not considered typical or normal for men, cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia are very common. Chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause serious health problems when left untreated, including infertility, so it is important to get tested for any instance of penile discharge.
For men, urine, precum, and cum are the only normal types of penile discharge. If you notice other types of discharge, an STD could be the cause and it may be wise to get tested. Those who are sexually active should consider getting tested yearly anyways.
The sooner an STD is identified, the sooner it can be treated and the less severe symptoms.
Medically Reviewed by J. Frank Martin JR., MD on February 3, 2020Written by Lauralei Like on January 31, 2020
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