The urethra transports urine from the bladder to the outside of the body for disposal. The urethra is the only urologic organ that shows any significant anatomic difference between males and females; all other urine transport structures are identical.
Lab 13.01 – Organs of the Urinary System
Pathway of Sperm from a Testis to Outside the Body
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the ureter transports urine?
The ureter is a tube that carries urine from the kidney to the urinary bladder. There are two ureters, one attached to each kidney. The upper half of the ureter is located in the abdomen and the lower half is located in the pelvic area.
Where does the urethra go in the male body?
Unlike the female urethra, the male urethra is a structure shared between the urinary and reproductive systems. The male urethra extends from the bladder, passing through the prostate gland (of the reproductive system) immediately inferior to the bladder before passing below the pubic symphysis (see Figure 1b).