Essential Anatomy – Skene’s Gland

by thethug on December 3, 2008

Back in the late 1800’s a Scottish Gynaecologist named Alexander Skene was hard at work. Dr. Skene understood the Thugway and he contributed greatly to medicine through over 100 publications and generated improvements in surgical technique.

Dr. Skene’s greatest discovery was a small gland located near the female distal urethra; Skene’s Gland (aka Female Prostate, Paraurethral Glands). See anatomical diagram below (click to see it bigger):

For reasons unknown to ThugMed, teachings regarding Skene’s Gland are not routinely included in standard anatomical textbooks. We felt obliged to create this post as this knowledge is essential and will serve you well in your Obstetrics and Gynaecology rotations.

What does the gland do? Basically it’s the anatomical equilavent of the male prostate, that’s why some people call it the “female prostate”. The gland produces lubricating fluid during female ejaculation (aka squirting) which has a similar consistency to male prostatic fluid. However, there is some anatomical variation as not all women have this gland.

Why is this knowledge important? Clinically Skene’s Gland has been linked to two problems; cyst development and adenocarcinoma.

1. Cyst Development: A Skene’s Gland cyst could present with several possible signs; perineal discharge, recurrent UTIs, dyspareunia (painful banging aka painful sex) and abscess formation. Usually these cysts ain’t a problem to solve (if you diagnose it correctly)! Click here if you want more info! 

2. Adenocarcinoma: Since Skene’s Gland is very similar to the male prostate, cancer of this gland can present similarly to male prostatic adenocarcinoma! Signs like haematuria (blood in pee-pee) and pain when tryin’ to pee-pee are possible. But the most interesting investiagtion is that women with Skene’s Gland adenocarcinoma can have elevated prostatic-specific antigen (PSA) levels!!!

Yo, now you’re an expert on Skene’s Gland.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

omar 06.26.09 at 9:05 am

c vraiment interessqant d’avoir l’occasion de savoir plus chez vous merci infiniment

ottersong 01.31.11 at 12:51 am

Thank you. I have been having several of the prostate enlargement symptoms, and had no clue there was a chance I had one- I am a heavy “squirter”, which leads me to believe I may have a more functional (and now possibly more damaged) Skene gland than other women… I’ll be having my doc check this next week when I go in for my wellness visit.

Rey Ramos 10.27.11 at 6:26 pm

I learned here in the internet through your website. Thanks

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