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

Urethral sounding is the medical[citation needed] use of probes called sounds to increase the inner diameter of the urethra and to locate obstructions in it.


If not conducted carefully, sounding carries a risk of irritation, tearing of the urethra, or of urinary tract infection. Infections may become serious if they progress to the bladder or kidneys, and should be referred to a doctor.[citation needed]

The insertion of foreign bodies into the urethra can present serious medical problems: see urethral foreign body.

Urethral play

Urethral play and urethral sounding are also used to refer to this practice in a sexual context.[citation needed]

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.[1] 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.[2]

See also


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Jackson, Melina (2015-09-17). "Female Urethral Stimulation". Body Jewelry & Piercing Blog | The Chain Gang. Retrieved 2023-08-10.

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