By MH Staff - Posted on 23rd October 2013
If your penis has a problem, you need to pipe up about it.
Best Case: An irritant, such as soap, made its way into your urethra. Worst Case: You have urethritis, a bacterial infection often paired with clear or milky leakage. The Fix: Peeing will flush out irritants, says Dr Peter Stahl, a urologist at Columbia University. But if the pain persists or if you've had unprotected sex in the past three weeks, your infection could be caused by chlamydia or gonorrhoea. See a doctor about antibiotics.
Best Case: Yep, brewer's droop (i.e., too many beers). Worst Case: Psychological factors (like depression) or prescription meds can cause this. In men over age 45, ED can also be an early warning sign of heart disease or diabetes. The Fix: Antidepressants and blood pressure pills are common culprits; talk to your doc about your prescription. If you suspect the problem is in your head, talking with your partner or even a therapist can help.
Best Case: There's no best case scenario, but your odds of persistent erection are slim, about one in 67 000. Worst Case: You could have "low-flow priapism", or blood trapped in your penis. Sickle-cell disease and drugs (including ED meds) can play a role, but sometimes the trigger is unknown. The Fix: "Untreated, it can turn into lifelong ED," says Wood. So visit the hospital, asap. The tissue will need to be drained.
Best Case: It may be a friction burn from running or wild sex, or a reaction to a new detergent. Worst Case: You have an STD; syphilis, in particular, may appear as a totally painless rash. The Fix: Did you have unprotected sex? Schedule a screening to rule out infection. But if you think it's an allergic reaction or simple chafing, just apply antibiotic ointment to relieve the pain. If the rash persists after two weeks, go see your GP.
Best Case: Environmental irritation might be to blame and a scrotum speck might just be an ingrown hair. Worst Case: It's genital herpes or syphilis. Or it's a reaction to prescription meds (a "fixed drug eruption"). The Fix: If the pain lasts beyond two weeks or if you've had unprotected sex, see a doctor. But if it's an ingrown hair, speed healing by applying a warm washcloth for 30 seconds twice a day, says Wood.
Best Case: Calm down. "Guys freak out if they see blood - or rust-coloured semen, but that is almost never associated with a problem," says Wood. Worst Case: It's a prostate or testicle infection or, less likely, cancer. The Fix: If red semen is your only symptom, don't go crazy with worry. But if ejaculation hurts or you see blood in your urine, you could have a serious infection or cancer. Make an appointment now.