Penis Pain

Penis Pain - man covers his groin with a hat

The average male is extremely sensitive about anything to do with his penis, particularly if it hurts. The most common reason for penis pain or soreness is an injury of one kind or another, not infrequently relating to over enthusiastic sexual practices.

Another common source of pain is genital herpes. There will usually be five or six days of burning, itching or pain at the site of infection, followed by the outbreak of the actual blisters. When these close over and heal the pain disappears. Once the herpes virus has taken hold, it remains in the system and the attacks may recur, although some people have no further symptoms for months or years and some people may never develop further symptoms.

Other causes of penile pain are:

  • inflammation of the prostate gland,
  • various sexually transmitted diseases such as non-specific urethritis and gonorrhoea
  • less frequently, cancer of the penis
  • an autoimmune disease (a disease in which the body’s own antibodies attack the tissues) known as Reiter syndrome, which also causes aching joints and red eyes.

If a man is uncircumcised, an infection under the foreskin can produce a swollen painful penis.

Occasionally for various reasons, a man’s penis remains persistently erect (priapism) which is a very painful condition.

(Last modified: 16th Oct 2014)

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