Urethritis can be caused by several
different types of viruses, bacteria, and
yeast that invade the urethra.
Discharge from the penis can
range in consistency from thin and watery
to thick and viscous, and can be clear, white, yellow, bloody, or a range of
colors in between. It can also vary in amount from barely noticeable
to very pronounced. Discharge can be accompanied by an odor, or it can be
odorless. The most common culprits of penile discharge are
trichomoniasis—all of which can
cause similar symptoms.
Discharge from the penis is not a "normal" occurrence in men; however, just because you're
experiencing discharge doesn't mean you necessarily have an STD. There are many different
organisms that can be introduced into the urethra and cause infection that are not classified as
sexually transmitted diseases. The only way to know why you're experiencing penile discharge is
to undergo testing, which will determine the cause and how you can treat it.
STDs and penile discharge
Two STDs that are frequently associated with discharge from the penis
Penile discharge may be the only symptom present, but in some cases additional symptoms such as
pain with urination and
may be present as well. Chlamydia and gonorrhea are both very common
among men, so it is important to be tested if you have been sexually
active and are experiencing any unusual symptoms. In addition, both
chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause long-term health problems for men and
women who are infected, so it's important not to ignore any possible
symptoms and get treatment if you are infected. Fortunately, chlamydia
and gonorrhea are both easily cured with antibiotics.
Other causes of penile discharge
Other causes of penile discharge are ureaplasma, mycoplasma and
trichomoniasis. These infections are less common, but their detection
remains important to avoid any complications that may be caused by
untreated infections. Like chlamydia and gonorrhea, these conditions can
all be treated with antibiotics.
Whether or not you're experiencing penile discharge, if you're sexually
active and have never been tested for STDs, you should undergo
comprehensive STD testing.
As is true for most STDs, a large number of men with these infections won't
experience any symptoms, so routine testing when you're sexually active is