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What are the Symptoms of Urethral Strictures?

Simply put, the urethra is like a garden hose. When there is a kink or narrowing along the hose, no matter how short or long, the flow is reduced. When a stricture is narrow enough to decrease urine flow, you will have symptoms. Problems with urinating, UTIs, and swelling or infections of the prostate may occur. Severe blockage that lasts a long time can damage the kidneys.

Some signs are:

  • bloody or dark urine
  • blood in semen
  • slow or decreased urine stream
  • urine stream spraying
  • pain with urinating
  • abdominal pain
  • urethral leaking
  • UTIs in men
  • swelling of the penis
  • loss of bladder control