We all have bacteria that normally live harmlessly in the bowel, but if they are left on the skin around the back passage they can sometimes travel to the urethra; especially in women. The most common bacterium for bladder infections is E. coli – which is the cause of as much as 90% of all urinary tract infections (UTIs).
The urethral tract is the tube that takes urine from the bladder to outside the body, via the genitals. It is the lower part of the urinary tract. The male urethra is about 8 inches (20 cm) long and The female urethra is about 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) to 2 inches (5.1 cm) long.
A urethral stricture is a narrowing of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body. It can occur several times, at any age, in any part of the urethra. However, many more men than women suffer from it and at Somerset Urology we have the skills, knowledge and facilities to assist both genders in a private and comfortable surrounding.