6 Penis Problems – And Solutions
If your penis has a problem, you need to pipe up about it. Guys don’t often talk about their junk (at least not honestly). But if something’s wrong, you need a professional opinion. Don’t be shy: pain and erectile issues are common, says Dr Hadley Wood, a urologist. Some are confined to the organ, she says, but “other times they signal larger medical problems.” Learn the difference. + BEST CASE – WORST CASE * THE FIX
It Hurts To Pee
An irritant, such as soap, made its way into your urethra. <strong>-</strong> You have urethritis, a bacterial infection often paired with clear or milky leakage. <strong>*</strong> 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.
It's Slow To Rise
<strong>+</strong> Yep, brewer’s droop (i.e., too many beers). <strong>-</strong> 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. <strong>*</strong> 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.
It Won't Go Down
<strong>+</strong> There’s no best-case scenario, but your odds of persistent erection are slim, about one in 67 000. <strong>-</strong> 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. <strong>*</strong> “Untreated, it can turn into lifelong ED,” says Wood. So visit the hospital, asap. The tissue will need to be drained.
You Have A Rash
<strong>+</strong> It may be a friction burn from running or wild sex, or a reaction to a new detergent. <strong>-</strong> You have an STD; syphilis, in particular, may appear as a totally painless rash. <strong>*</strong> 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.
You Have Spots
<strong>+</strong> Environmental irritants might be to blame and a scrotum speck might just be an ingrown hair. <strong>-</strong> It’s genital herpes or syphilis. Or it’s a reaction to prescription meds (a “fixed drug eruption”). <strong>*</strong> If the pain lasts beyond two weeks or 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.
You See Blood
<strong>+</strong> Calm down. “Guys freak out if they see blood- or rust-coloured semen, but that is almost never associated with a problem,” says Wood. <strong>-</strong> It’s a prostate or testicle infection or, less likely, cancer. <strong>*</strong> If red semen is your only symptom, don’t go crazy with worry. But if ejaculating hurts or you see blood in your urine, you could have a serious infection or cancer. Make an appointment now.