The Skene's glands don't get mentioned very often—perhaps you've never even heard of them—but they can be the cause of recurrent urinary tract infections (rUTIs).

These glands are named after Alexander Johnston Chalmers Skene, a gynecologist in the late 1800s, though they were actually discovered by Dutch physician Regnier de Graaf in 1672. De Graaf called them the "female prostate" because he believed they fulfilled a similar function. Skene won his recognition by writing about them in the English language, investigating their role in infection and including them in his training of doctors as a founding member of the American Gynecological Society.

So, what are the Skene's glands?

Skene's glands are also known as the periurethral glands, as they sit on either side of the urethra, the tube that urine passes through, explained Aleece Fosnight, a board-certified physician assistant (PA-C) in private practice in Asheville, North Carolina, and the