Urethral sounding
A Hegar sound being inserted into a male's urethra
Other namesSounding, urethral play

Urethral sounding is the practice of inserting objects (typically made by metal or silicone) into the urethra for sexual gratification.[1] Urethral dilatation is a urological procedure that uses probes called sounds to enlarge the inside diameter of the urethra and locate obstructions in the urethra, or as a treatment for urethral strictures.[2][3]


The insertion of foreign bodies into the urethra can present serious medical problems. If not conducted carefully, sounding carries a risk of irritation, tearing of the urethra, or of urinary tract infection.[4][5] Infections may become serious if they progress to the bladder or kidneys.[6]

Urethral play

Urethral play can involve the introduction of either soft or rigid items into the meatus of the penis (as well as farther in) or vulva.[7] Other toys and items, such as catheters, may be introduced deeper; in some cases even into the bladder. Some items may even be allowed to curl several times or expand within the bladder. This action may be directly or indirectly associated with stimulation of the prostate gland and some types of bladder control.[citation needed] In women urethral sounding can lead to clitoral stimulation.[8]

See also


  1. ^ Boyle, Alexander; Martinez, Daniel R.; Mennie, Peter A.; Rafiei, Arash; Carrion, Rafael (2014). "The time-less urologic question, "Now why would you do that?" A case series and literature review of self-inserted urethral foreign bodies". Journal of Clinical Urology. 7 (3): 165–169. doi:10.1177/2051415813496562. ISSN 2051-4158. S2CID 73065241.
  2. ^ Kwong, Tsong; Larner, Tim (2012-05-30). "A rare and unusual case of urethral bleeding". Case Reports. 2012: bcr20126155. doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-6155. ISSN 1757-790X. PMC 4543040. PMID 22669880.
  3. ^ Veeratterapillay, Rajan; Pickard, Rob S. (2012). "Long-term effect of urethral dilatation and internal urethrotomy for urethral strictures". Current Opinion in Urology. 22 (6): 467–473. doi:10.1097/MOU.0b013e32835621a2. ISSN 0963-0643. PMID 22773058. S2CID 33542570.
  4. ^ Guerrero, Dubert M; Sharma, Aishwarya (2020-08-14). "Chronic Infectious Complications of Recreational Urethral Sounding With Retained Foreign Body". Cureus. 12 (8): e9750. doi:10.7759/cureus.9750. ISSN 2168-8184. PMC 7489780. PMID 32944465.
  5. ^ Breyer, Benjamin N.; Shindel, Alan W. (2012). "Recreational urethral sounding is associated with high risk sexual behaviour and sexually transmitted infections: RECREATIONAL URETHRAL SOUNDING AND ASSOCIATED RISKS". BJU International. 110 (5): 720–725. doi:10.1111/j.1464-410X.2011.10810.x. PMC 3607666. PMID 22221824.
  6. ^ Derrick, Fletcher C. (1982). "Urinary tract infection in the adult: A guide to treatment". Postgraduate Medicine. 72 (5): 281–288. doi:10.1080/00325481.1982.11716268. ISSN 0032-5481. PMID 7134078.
  7. ^ Jackson, Melina (2016-08-14). "Is Female Sounding Safe? - Complete guide to Women Urethral Sounding". Body Jewelry & Piercing Blog | The Chain Gang. Retrieved 2023-08-10.
  8. ^ Jackson, Melina (2015-09-17). "Female Urethral Stimulation". Body Jewelry & Piercing Blog | The Chain Gang. Retrieved 2023-08-10.

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