Frequently Asked Questions
What is Penis Pain?
The intense or sharp pain persisting in the middle of the shaft of a penis is Penis Pain. This can be either chronic or mild and may last longer. The pain in the penis is not usually due to sexually transmitted diseases because those bring symptoms such as burning, itching, foul odor, or discharge. The pain in the penis doesn’t always indicate medical attention and depending on the underlying causes it can be treated with either home remedies or medications.
What are the causes of Penis Pain?
The few causes of Penis Pain are as follows:
- Peyronie’s disease
- Urinary tract infection
- Trauma or injury
- Penile cancer
- Blood clot
- Sexually transmitted disease
- Penile fracture
What are the other symptoms of Penis Pain?
Apart from the pain in the penis, an individual may also experience the following symptoms:
- Swelling mainly on the tip of the foreskin
- Redness and irritation
- Burning or stinging sensation while urinating
- Abnormal discharge
- Discolored or cloudy urine
- Presence of semen or blood in the urine
- Pain during or after sex
- Presence of blisters or lesions or sores on the shaft
However, the occurrence of symptoms can vary from one person to another. So, before self-diagnosing the medical condition, one should consult the doctor and get diagnosed.
How can Penis Pain diagnosed?
A Urologist and or a Sexologist can diagnose Penis Pain based on an individual’s family history and physical examinations. If the symptoms suddenly appear with no relevant family history, then the test done to diagnose Penis Pain will be dependant on the specific symptoms other than penis pain.
What are the different treatment approaches for Penis Pain?
Some types of penis pain can be treated by home remedies whereas some may need medical treatment. Following are the different approaches:
- Home remedies
- Medical treatment (depending on the condition):
- Antibiotics to treat STDs
- Surgery either to remove the scar tissues or to sew up the penile tear
- Penile prosthetics to straighten up the penis
What are the home remedies for Penis Pain?
Few of the home remedies to treat Penis Pain are:
- For pain and inflammation, one can take NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) like ibuprofen.
- One can wrap a clean towel with an ice pack and apply on the shaft for pain and inflammation.
- Over the counter steroids, shea butter, and or vitamin E ointment or cream can be applied.
- Wear loose and cotton clothes to reduce chaffing hence reduce the bacterial growth in moist areas.
- To reduce the chances of injury, one shouldn’t have sex until the pain is gone completely.
[NOTE: Please consult your physician before using any medications and should have a discussion with the doctor regarding the health condition]
When to see a doctor for Penis Pain?
If an individual is suffering from any of the following symptoms along with the persistent pain in the shaft, then the individual should consult or visit the doctor.
- Pain during erection or ejaculation
- Swollen penis or testicles
- Tender veins lumps on the penis or scrotum
- Discoloration of semen
- Abnormal discharge from the penis
- Blood in urine or semen
- Rashes, bumps, or cuts on the penis and surrounding areas
- Burning while urination
- Bend or curve in erection
- Persistent chronic pain
- Decreased libido