Penile discharge is a condition in which fluid collects in the urethra as a result of a bacterial, viral or yeast infection. The urethra is the tube through which urine and semen leave the penis.
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Discharge from the penis can be watery and clear, or opaque and cloudy containing pus and even blood. Penile discharge can vary a lot: It can be thin, thick and a range of colors from clear to white, yellow, or tinted with blood. It can be hardly noticeable or impossible to ignore. It can be odorless or have an unpleasant odor.
Some causes of penile discharge include urinary tract infections (UTIs) and some STDs.
While discharge from the penis is not considered typical or normal for men, cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia are very common, especially in men. 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. Like most STD cases, many STDs frequently are not accompanied by any signs or symptoms, so getting tested if you are sexually active is crucial to knowing whether or not you are carrying an infection.
Medically Reviewed by J. Frank Martin JR., MD on Jun 18, 2019
Written by Lauralei Like on April 15, 2017