Penis pain that is only felt in the middle of the shaft, especially chronic or intense and sharp pain, usually indicates a specific underlying cause. It is probably not a sexually transmitted infection as those often bring on additional symptoms, such as burning, itching, odour, or discharge.
And it is not always a medical emergency. Some conditions, including urinary tract infections and balanitis, can be remedied at home with minimal treatment. But others may need immediate or long term medical attention. Let’s go over what could be causing that pain in the middle of your penis shaft, what symptoms you should watch out for, and what you can do to treat it.
Causes of Pain in the Middle of Penile Shaft
Here are some of the possible causes of pain in the middle of your penile shaft.
Peyronie’s disease happens when scar tissue develops in your penis. This causes the penis to curve upwards, downwards or sideways when you are erect. This condition can also make your penis feel uncomfortable or painful as the scar tissue, which is often found in the middle of the penile shaft, restricts the motion or expansion of penis tissue, especially during or after sex. It is not exactly known what causes Peyronie’s. It is thought to be related to autoimmune conditions or injuries that leave scar tissue in the penis.
Urinary Tract Infection
UTI symptoms differ based on where the infection is in your urinary tract. Lower tract UTIs occur in the bladder and urethra. This is more commonly a cause of penile shaft pain, as infectious bacteria affects the urethra and tissues that run along the shaft. Other possible symptoms include:
- Burning when you urinate
- Urinating frequently but without a lot of urine coming out
- Feeling a stronger urge to urinate than usual
- Blood in your urine
- Urine that looks cloudy or resembles a dark liquid like tea
- Strong smelling urine
- Pain in your rectum
Balanitis refers to irritation and inflammation that mainly affects the head of the penis. It can also spread to the upper and middle part of your penile shaft. It’s more common in people with foreskins. Other symptoms include:
- Swollen, red foreskin
- Tight foreskin
- Abnormal discharge from your penis
- Itchiness, sensitivity, and pain around your genitals
Trauma or Injury
Injury to the penis can cause a penile fracture. This happens when tissue below your penis skin that helps you get an erection is torn. It can also happen when you tear the corpus cavernosa, two long pieces of spongy tissue that fill up with blood when you get erect. A fracture can result in immediate, intense pain in the middle of your penile shaft or wherever the tear happened.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact us or your GP ASAP to discuss available treatments.