Anatomy & Physiology Genitourinary #19

Question

Which is the correct number of urethral sphincters for a male client?

Answers

  1. One
    • Rationale:

      The female, not the male, has one urethral sphincter.

  2. Two
    • Rationale:

      The male has two urethral sphincters to account for the two functions of this urinary structure. These two functions are urination and ejaculation of sperm.

  3. Three
    • Rationale:

      The female has one urethral sphincter while the male has two urethral sphincters; therefore, three is not the number of urethral sphincters anticipated for any client.

  4. Four
    • Rationale:

      The female has one urethral sphincter while the male has two urethral sphincters; therefore, four is not the number of urethral sphincters anticipated for any client.

Overview

Some structures, including urinary structures, found in both males and females will have some structural differences as a result of specific needs based on gender.

Explanation

Learning Outcomes

The urethra is the connection between the bladder and the external environment. The male urethra transports both sperm during ejaculation and urine; therefore, males have two urethral sphincters to control these separate, and different, functions. The female has only one urethral sphincter.

Test Taking Tip

Consider the structure and function of the male urethra to answer this question correctly.

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