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Urethral sounding
ICD-9-CM 58.6

Sounding or urethral sounding is the medical use of probes called sounds to increase the inner diameter of the urethra and to locate obstructions in it. Sounds are also used to stretch the urethra in order to receive genital piercing.[citation needed]

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

Urethral play can involve the introduction of either soft or rigid items into the meatus of the penis (as well as farther in). Objects such as sounds are usually only inserted about halfway into the glans and can usually be easily retrieved. 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 in the male may be directly or indirectly associated with stimulation of the prostate gland and some types of bladder control.


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.

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

See also[edit]


Further reading[edit]

  • Hardy Haberman, Fetish Diva Midori. The Family Jewels: A Guide to Male Genital Play and Torment. Greenery Press, 2001. ISBN 1-890159-34-4.

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26 news items


Thu, 06 Dec 2012 21:03:45 -0800

Introduction: Urethral sounding is defined as the insertion of an object or liquid into the urethra. The most common reason reported in the medical literature for deliberate urethral insertion is erotic gratification. The most unexpected complication ...
Anchorage Press
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:37:30 -0700

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Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:55:55 -0700

You can get a surgical urethral sounding kit for about $60 delivered right to your front door for your own perverted enjoyment. These kits include the same smooth metal cylinders, sometimes curved, that are used in doctors' offices. That seems a bit ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Tue, 08 Sep 2015 22:00:11 -0700

Walsh had been charged with five counts of possession of extreme pornography under the 2008 act: three images of urethral sounding (the insertion of surgical rods into the urethra for the purpose of sexual gratification) and two of anal fisting ...

The Debrief

The Debrief
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:37:30 -0700

she asked before explaining the merits of urethral sounding – the insertion of metal probes called 'sounds' down into the male urethra. In typical porn this might have been a tad too much – watching and listening (and probably wailing in unison) as ...

Index On Censorship

Index On Censorship
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:33:26 -0700

Last year London Mayor Boris Johnson's aide, Simon Walsh, was arrested for possession of extreme pornography: depictions of anal fisting and urethral sounding. The respected barrister' very public prosecution tore his life apart and lost him his jobs.

Evening Standard

Evening Standard
Tue, 14 Aug 2012 03:41:15 -0700

What they did find was five photographs — three taken by him at a party — of men engaged in undeniably unconventional sexual activity, including anal fisting and a practise known as “urethral sounding” (look away now if you're squeamish), which ...

Gay Star News

Gay Star News
Fri, 04 Jan 2013 08:30:00 -0800

London-based lawyer Walsh, a former aide to the capital's mayor Boris Johnson, was charged on five counts of possessing extreme pornographic images. These images featured fisting and urethral sounding, as well as one charge of possessing an indecent ...

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