What is penis pain?

Penis pain, or penile pain, involves any pain or discomfort, internal or external, of the penis. The penis is an external structure of the male reproductive system that is comprised of multiple parts. These include the root, which connects the penis to the abdominal wall, the body (shaft), the glans penis (head), and the urethra (the tube that transports semen and urine out of the body).

Additionally, the penis contains muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and the penile suspensory ligament, which supports the penis when it is erect. Within the penis are three chambers made of spongy erectile tissue that fill with blood and expand during sexual arousal, resulting in an erection.

Depending on the underlying cause, penis pain may begin suddenly and last briefly or develop gradually and persist. Penis pain can range from a dull ache to a sharp jolt, and can occur due to a variety of diseases and conditions, such as allergy, injury and infection, including certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Penis pain can be caused by conditions that prevent a man from having an erection and affect a man’s sexual health and fertility. Some causes of penis pain can also disrupt urination, which can damage related organs, such as the bladder and kidneys.

Seek prompt medical care

if you experience penis pain, which is often caused by a disease or condition that requires medical attention. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have an erection that is painful or lasts more than four hours. In addition, call 911 if you experience penis or testicle trauma or injury, testicle pain, or if you hear a “pop” or cracking sound from the penis during an erection.


What other symptoms might occur with penis pain?

Penis pain may accompany other symptoms, which can vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Pain may originate in the penis itself or may occur due to conditions in nearby areas, such as the abdomen, bladder, testicles or prostate gland.

Additional symptoms that may occur along with penis pain include:


What causes penis pain?

Penis pain may be felt on the surface of the penis or within the cone-shaped glans penis (head), the body (shaft), or the root, which connects the penis to the abdominal wall. You can also feel pain within your urethra, which is the tube that transports semen and urine through and out of the penis.

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 7, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

This Article is Filed Under: Male Reproductive System