Many men complain about a sore penis, especially after masturbating or having sexual intercourse. In most cases this is a normal reaction for the skin of the penis, particularly after rough or aggressive sexual activity has taken place. However, sometimes the penis pain that is being experienced may indicate that there is a more serious problem, one that could possibly need medical attention to remedy.
Causes of a Sore Penis
There are a number of causes for a sore penis. These can range from simple penis skin damage, where the epidermis or the outer layer of the penis skin has been over stimulated during sexual activity, to more serious complaints such as a penis skin allergy or condition, penis skin infections, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Allergies and Skin Conditions of the Penis
Believe it or not, the skin of the penis is much like all skin on the body. Therefore, it can be prone to allergic reactions where certain products such as soaps and latex from condoms irritate it. In addition, penis skin can also be afflicted with skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. All of these skin conditions will be aggravated during sex and will cause penis pain; the penis may also become red and inflamed.
Treatments – These range from simply changing soaps or using different condoms to using special creams to reduce the inflammation. Change one product at a time and see if this makes a difference to the sore penis. If after changing all products there is no change noted then it is advised to consult a doctor or visit a local clinic. They may then prescribe a cream to help reduce the inflammation and penis pain.
Smegma Build-up and Thrush of the Penis
Many men who are not circumcised complain about smegma build-up and the smell that this emits. Smegma is a natural secretion of the male and female genitalia, and it is believed to aid in the removal of dead skin cells and in lubrication during sex. While smegma does emit a smell, often musky in nature, this smell should not be offensive. It is important to note that some individuals may have a more powerful smell then others, and this is thought to be associated with their hormone levels.
Treatment – For many, this condition is not only embarrassing, but it also prevents them from having a happy and fulfilling sex life. The good news, however, is that the condition is curable; frequent washing is not the answer. Wash only once a day and after sex (masturbation or intercourse). Avoid using soap as this can add to the problem, as it is often not PH neutral and removes the ‘good’ bacteria. Use a solution of warm, salty water until the build-up comes under control.
Thrush – If the build-up becomes itchy, or the smell returns, then the problem may not be just smegma related. The penis may also have thrush, which is an over production of yeast. This condition can occur in circumcised and uncircumcised men, and it can be extremely frustrating and painful.
Treatment – Typically, this condition is treated as with smegma build-up; it is also recommended that an antifungal cream be applied daily. It is also believed that natural yoghurt applied to the infected area assists in restoring the ‘good’ bacteria and balancing the PH of the area.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
There are a range of sexually transmitted diseases that can cause penis pain, especially as the STD manifests itself, but the most prevalent is genital herpes. However, there are also many other symptoms that will present themselves if an STD is present: discharge, sores, and other lesions.
Treatment – If it is suspected that a STD is present it is recommended that immediate medical advice is sought, as there are a number of STDs and their treatment varies. Also, some illnesses can have a detrimental effect on the health of the sufferer and may also impair their sexual function in the future.
It is also recommended that a daily care régime for the skin of the penis be initiated to protect the penis skin from damage. Over time, this should strengthen the epidermis and make it more resilient to damage during sex. The best form of care for penis skin is the use of a penis specific crème (health professionals often recommend Man1 Man Oil). These products contain essential vitamins and minerals that care for and maintain the health of the penis skin and improve sexual function.