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Inflammation »

This can happen for different reasons.

Balanitis/Posthitis
Can occur if the head of the penis is not kept clean and “smegma” gathers under the foreskin.  Balanitis is inflammation of the head of the penis and posthitis when the foreskin is inflamed.

Improving hygiene and daily bathing or washing with a small amount of salt in the water and pulling back the foreskin to clean underneath will help.

Sexually Transmitted infections (sti’s) can also cause these symptoms.  A sexual health screen can be arranged at you local Integrated Sexual Health Clinics (formerly Genito-urinary GUM).

Urethritis/Meatitis
Is when the urethra is inflamed. This is usually caused by an STI and requires treatment at a Integrated Sexual Health Clinic (formerly Genito-urinary GUM).  Symptoms can be a pus discharge and pain when peeing.

Meatitis is inflammation of the tip of the urethra.  This happens if there is irritation from spermicide, other substances or during sex.  This may clear or may be an STI, which requires test and treatment.

Circumcision »

Circumcision is where the skin that covers the end of the penis is removed.  This is a simple operation and it is offered to boys or men if their foreskin is too tight to pull back easily, and this causes it to tear or burst when they have sex.  The benefits are that it is easier to keep clean and prevent build up of smegma under the foreskin.  It also leads to fewer infections including hiv.

Curved Erection (Peyronies Disease) »

Peyronie’s Disease  

Peyronie’s Disease is a bend or curvature of the penis, which can make sex difficult and painful.  Most commonly the bend is upwards but can be to the left or right.  It is most noticeable when the penis is erect.  Most males have a slight bend in their penis, present from puberty.   

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Injuries »

Accidents happen to even the most delicate areas, these include: -

Cuts & Tears

Trouser zips can cause these.  If the injury is small it will usually heal by itself.  Larger cuts may need some medical attention.  Injuries can occur when people are being sexually adventurous.  Read on!

Penile Fracture  

The penis can break if it is bent too far, and a crack may be heard if this happens.  You will feel pain and will probably bleed from the tip of the penis.  An ice pack should be applied and emergency medical help called.  An operation may be required.  Remember when trying new positions and experimenting sexually, you are human and accidents happen.

Strangulation  

When something is used to stop the flow of blood from an erection, to keep it harder for longer than usual, it must be easy to remove.  If not strangulation may occur causing permanent damage.  Things that can be used, such as leather straps, strings or “cock rings” are tied or fastened around the penis or both the penis and scrotum together.  Emergency medical help will be required to release the blood and stop further injury.

Urethral damage

Body piercing the urethra or inserting objects into it may result in infection, as this is a sterile area of your body.  There is also damage of objects becoming stuck or moving and causing damage and problems.

Tight Foreskin »

Phimosis

This is where the foreskin is too tight to pull back over the head of the penis. It can cause pain or loss of sensation during sex, and can tear during sex. If not cured by skin stretching exercises it may require a small operation (circumcision).

Paraphimosis

This happens when a tight foreskin gets stuck when it has been pulled back over the head of the penis. This causes pain and swelling, as the blood flow is restricted. Usually squeezing blood from the head of the penis for a few minutes will reduce swelling enough to allow the foreskin to be pulled forward. If not medical assistance will be required. Circumcision may be required to prevent this happening again.