Your urethra is the tube or passage that connects your bladder to the outside of your body. If a blockage or narrowing of the area occurs this is called a urethral stricture.
A stricture can occur for several reasons:
- Trauma or injury causing scar tissue
- Congenital – a condition at birth
- Cancer (in rare cases)
The symptoms of a urethral stricture can include:
- Frequent need to urinate
- Feeling you cannot fully empty your bladder
- Straining during urination
- Spraying or dribbling during urination
- Urinary tract infection
- Pain or blood in urine (rare)
Your GP may refer you to a consultant urologist for diagnosis and treatment. Treatments can range from antibiotics to corrective surgery. Your consultant will recommend the treatment that best addresses your own situation.