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No one likes to experience pain – especially in the penis! Let’s look at some of the reasons why you can feel pain in your penis, and the solutions for it.

STIs can be a cause of genital pain. Chlamydia and gonorrhoea can cause discharge (pus that leaks out of the opening of the penis), pain in the penis tube (urethra) when you pee and sometimes aching testicles as well. Genital herpes can cause painful sores or splits on the penis skin.

Most STIs can be easily sorted with medication, so visit your GP.

A tight foreskin may cause pain and discomfort because it’s hard to pull back. Older guys can get an inflamed prostate and also urinary tract infections (UTIs). These conditions can be managed by a GP – don’t be scared to pay them a visit.

An uncomfortable rash on your penis could be a fungal overgrowth which is common in men with foreskins. Some guys can get a reaction to condom latex but it’s rare, condoms made from alternate materials, e.g. polyisoprene or polyurethane are available now if this happens to you.

There’s no reason you should put up with a pain in the penis! There are loads of causes and loads of solutions to pain. Visit your GP if you’re experiencing pain. Don’t be embarrassed– they’ve seen it all.

If you want to know more you can ring 1800 451 624 between 9:00am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday to talk with a sexual health nurse. It’s confidential and free if you call from a landline.

Play Safe!

Nurse Nettie.