What Causes a Sore Penis After Sex?

Is this cause for concern?

A sore penis after sexual activity or intercourse isn’t always a cause for concern.

But if you’re 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 the symptoms to watch for, ways to find relief, and when to see a doctor.

Lack of lubrication during se

The friction of sex can irritate your penis skin, especially if your partner isn’t 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 tissue.

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

• itchiness

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’s body at high speeds can also injure the tissue.

Your penis may feel tender or strained until your penile tissues recover. This pain may last a few days, depending on how long or vigorously you had sex.

Delayed ejaculation (DE)

DE occurs when it takes more than 30 minutes to ejaculate from sex or masturbation.

Some people are born with DE. 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’ve 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 reactions to condom, lubricants, or other products

It’s 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

• itchiness

Depending on the severity, these symptoms may take anywhere from a few a few days to a few weeks to clear up. They may fade more quickly with over-the-counter (OTC) allergy treatments.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

In some cases, soreness may be the result of an STI. Although many STIs are asymptomatic, soreness may occur with the following conditions:

chlamydia

gonorrhea

trichomoniasis

genital herpes

This soreness will only fade with treatment. You should see a doctor or other healthcare provider if you suspect that you have an STI.

Other symptoms may include:

• pain in your testicles or lower abdomen

• pain or burning during urination

• pain when erect

• fluid-filled blisters

• itchiness

• unusual discharge

• vomiting

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