What Causes Pain in the Penis?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 12, 2011

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There can be many reasons for penis pain including a sexually transmitted disease (STD), broken penis and infection of the skin around penis. You need to give medical attention to pain in the penis immediately. There can be physical causes of pain in penis as well as skin conditions or other medical conditions.


Physical Causes of Penis Pain

These are those causes of penis pain wherein one or the other physical abnormality leads to pain.

  • Penis injury
  • Broken penis
  • "Fractured" penis (damage to erectile tissue during intercourse)
  • Multiple sexual partners
  • Poor hygiene
  • Prolonged erection (priapism)
  • Trauma to Penis


Skin Conditions Leading to Penis Pain


Some skin conditions lead to irritation on the skin around penis. These skin conditions may or may not have anything to do with abnormality in penis functions.

  • Penis skin infection
  • Infected penile prosthesis
  • Paraphymosis (retracted foreskin)
  • Inflammatory phymosis
  • Psoriasis
  • Penile skin conditions


Other Medical Conditions Leading to Penis Pain

Some medical conditions lead to penis pain. They can be due to dysfunction of the penis functions or some other organ which has a bearing on the function of the penis.

  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Reiter's Syndrome
  • Scrotal ulceration
  • Scrotal infection reaching penis
  • Peyronie's disorder
  • Fournier's Gangrene
  • Penile ulcer
  • Sexually transmitted infections such as herpes simplex, human papilloma virus
  • Syphilitic chancre
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Penis cancer
  • Penile candidiasis
  • Reiter's syndrome

Doctor’s recommendations are a must in fixing these issues. In many cases of these diseases, immediate medical attention is needed. Diagnosis of the disease involves medical examination which can be conducted after taking note of the symptoms.

The doctor will tell you whether the pain is caused by a broken penis or a sexually transmitted disease. Problems in the sexual act can result in both types of penis pain but in case of penis break, it pain is felt immediately while that from a sexually transmitted disease will take weeks before symptoms show up.

An important consideration in penis pain is its origin. There are some conditions like balanitis in which pain occurs at the head of the penis while in some other conditions, it occurs at the penis shaft. If you can pinpoint this, it can give you a good clue about the cause of the penis pain before getting medical assistance.


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  • PRAKASH11 Dec 2012

    my penis skin conditions is very tigt due to some infection also spot,bubbles on my penis. so i would try to intercourse my penis outer skin is so tight and then harmful pain , pl help me

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