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What is Penile Pain?
Penis pain isn’t a subject most men want to talk, or even think, about. However, it can affect males of any age.
Penile pain involves any pain or discomfort, internal or external, of the penis – either during sexual intercourse or at other times. This includes the:
- base of the penis (the part that connects the penis to the abdominal wall)
- penis shaft (main external body of the penis)
- head of the penis (glans penis), or
- urethra (the tube that allows urine and semen to move through and out of the penis).
It can also affect the foreskin. An itching, burning, or throbbing sensation may accompany the pain.
Penile pain can be serious and should not be ignored. It is important to seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
- An erection that lasts four hours or longer (a condition known as priapism)
- Injury or trauma to the penis or testicles that may occur in an accident or sports injury
- A cracking or popping sound during an erection or sexual intercourse, or
- Inability to urinate.
What Are the Symptoms?
Penile pain may:
- be acute or chronic
- be dull or sharp
- be variable and interfere with urination, sexual activity, fertility, or daily activities, and/or
cause only mild, temporary discomfort or more chronic pain.
Penis pain that is accompanied by any of the following symptoms should be checked by a medical professional:
- blood present in the ejaculate
- bruising of the penis
- discharge from the urethra
- erectile dysfunction
- hard growths or lumps in the groin area or on the penis
- inflammation of the penis
- itchy penis
- pain in the abdomen, bladder, prostate gland or testicles (scrotum)
- premature ejaculation
- presence of a thick secretion (smegma) that accumulates under the foreskin
- sores, lesions or rash on the penis
- swelling of the penis or adjacent area, or
- urination problems, such as pain or burning when urinating, bloody urine, difficulty urinating.
What Are the Causes of Penile Pain?
The causes of penile pain range from a wide variety of diseases or conditions that can affect the penis or the urethra and urinary tract, and include sexual activity or physical trauma associated with an accident or surgery. Possible causes of penis pain include the following:
- Peyronie’s Disease is an abnormal curvature of the penis, estimated to affect 5% of men at some point in their lives
- Prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland)
- Penile fractures are somewhat rarer and can occur when there is trauma to the erect penis that causes a rupture of the lining of one of the two cylinders in the penis responsible for erections
- Injury, such as being kicked or hit by a ball during sports, or while riding a bicycle or motorcycle
- Infection, such as a urinary tract or bladder infection
- Skin disorders such as lichen sclerosus sometimes cause penis pain – the likelihood of developing lichen sclerosus increases significantly with age
- Uncircumcised men sometimes develop a painful condition called phimosis that prevents the foreskin from fully retracting, or balanitis – an infection that develops under the foreskin of uncircumcised men
- Bladder stones
- Urethritis (inflammation of the urethra)
- Cancer of the penis, or
- Sexually transmitted diseases.
Penile Pain Can Be Treated
The way the penile pain is treated will depend on the cause of the pain.
The good news is that penile pain can often be successfully treated.
At the Coregood Institute we can offer a full range of non-surgical treatment options, and tailor a treatment plan to suit your particular situation and needs.
We focus on treating the underlying problems that cause penile pain, rather than simply treating the symptoms.
We employ an extensive range of non-surgical treatment options to diagnose and treat penile pain. Our methods can help patients avoid surgical or drug-related treatment altogether, or assist with the recovery from other treatments such as surgery (both pre- and post-surgery).
Alongside traditional pelvic physiotherapy treatment options and advice on correcting pelvic floor function, we also offer patients treatment using the world’s most advanced and successful non-surgical technology – the PelviCenter.
We’re also able to offer effective natural solutions and nutritional advice to treat and help you better manage some of the underlying chronic conditions that can lead to penile pain.