A sore penis after sexual activity or intercourse is not always a cause for concern. But if you are experiencing other unusual symptoms, it may be time to make an appointment with your healthcare provider. Although mild soreness can often be treated at home, infections and other underlying conditions require medical attention. Here are 6 causes of a sore penis:
Lack of Lubrication During Sex
The friction of sex can irritate your penis skin, especially if your partner is not sufficiently lubricated. Rubbing against another person’s body can wear away the upper layer of skin. This can expose the sensitive layer underneath, that contains nerves and connective tissues. This soreness may only last a day or so if you refrain from activities that further irritate the skin. Other symptoms may include:
- Tight feeling skin
- Flakes or peeling skin
- Cracks or lines on skin
- Unusual bleeding
- Redness or rash
Prolonged or Vigorous Sex
Having any type of sex for a while or doing it vigorously can make your penis sore. This may result from being erect for a long time, which can strain and sometimes injure the muscles and tissues.
Blood can also pool in the corpus cavernosa and corpus spongiosum after a prolonged erection. Suddenly thrusting your penis into your partner at high speeds can also injure the tissue. Your penis may feel tender or strained until your penile tissue recovers. This pain may last a few days, depending on how long or vigorously you had sex.
DE occurs when it takes more than 30 minutes to ejaculate from sex or masturbation. Some people are born with DE although it can also result from:
- Anxiety or stress
- Certain medications, such as antidepressants and hair loss treatments
- Prostate or urinary infections
- Hormone imbalances
- Pelvic or spinal nerve damage
Not being able to ejaculate can cause swelling, soreness, and tenderness in your penis and scrotum. These symptoms may last a few hours after sex or until the blood fully drains from your penis.
If this is the first time you have experienced DE, consider making an appointment with a doctor or other healthcare provider. They can help diagnose the underlying cause and recommend treatment if needed.
Allergic Reaction To Condom
It is possible to have an allergic reaction to the materials or chemicals in condoms, lubricants, sex toys, and other products. This is known as irritant contact dermatitis, a type of allergic eczema. Other symptoms may include:
- Redness or rash
- Scaly, thickened skin
- Fluid-filled blisters
- Dry or cracked skin
Depending on the severity, these symptoms may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to clear up. They may fade quickly with over the counter allergy treatments.
Yeast infections result from an overgrowth of the Candida fungus. This may be caused by one of several factors, including having a weak immune system, medication use, and poor hygiene. Other symptoms may include:
- Unusual discharge
- Irritated, scaly skin
Soreness and other symptoms will only fade with treatment. If you suspect that you have a yeast infection, your doctor or other healthcare providers can confirm your diagnosis and recommend treatment.
Urinary Tract Infection
UTIs are caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. Depending on the severity, pain and other symptoms can also show up in your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Other symptoms may include:
- Pain in your anus or rectum
- Pain or burning during ejaculation or urination
- A frequent, strong urge to urinate, but releasing little urine
- Cloudy, dark, or bloody urine
- Foul-smelling urine
Soreness and other symptoms will only fade with treatment. If you suspect a UTI, make an appointment with a doctor or other healthcare provider. They can advise you on any next steps.