|dc.description.abstract||Objective: To assess current knowledge on development and associated structures.
Data sources: Current scientific publications in the pubmed data base on the
development of human female urethra were reviewed. The embryology of human
female urethra and its associated structures is presented.
Study selection: The following search words: urethra development, female urethra
development, and male urethra development were used.
Data extraction: The first 100 publications from urethra development search and
thereafter 100 publications excluding those in the first search were reviewed to determine
whether they described development of female urethra.
Data synthesis: There are limited studies describing the formation of female urethra.
Unlike male urethra, female urethra does not undergo masculinisation meaning there
is no formation of clitoral urethra. Like the male urethra, there are female urethra
associated glands whose presence and functions remain speculative. Female urethra
associated structures including Skene’s glands also referred to as female prostate,
corpus spongiosum of female urethra and what has been described as the G-Spot
may all be congenital malformations considering that they are not uniformly present.
Conclusions: Female urethra development differs from that of males though there are
some similarities. Studies to elucidate the development of female urethra are needed
to clarify some of the misconceptions and to provide embryological explanation of
gross and histological features of female urethra.||en_US