Penis Problems are Common
You may feel like the only one in the world, but be reassured that penis problems are more common amongst Aussie blokes than you may realise. You’re certainly not the only one! Of course, there are some simple ways you can help reduce your chance of penis problems. Treat your penis well by practising safe sex, good hygiene, and avoiding over aggressive/acrobatic sex acts. Sometimes though there’s nothing you can have done differently, no one’s at fault. These things happen to the best of us.
Don’t let penis problems get you down. Here we present some of the common penis problems and what you can do about it.
Penis Problems – Balantis
Balantis is an inflammation of the penile head or glans. This penis problem may cause pain and foul discharges. It can affect circumcised and uncircumcised males; however it is more common amongst uncircumcised males. It is most commonly caused by bacterial infection due to the foreskin not being kept clean, but can also be due to irritation from cleansing agents or latex in condoms.
If you’re experiencing any itchiness, rash, a sore or tender glans, swelling, redness or a discharge you may have Balantis. Treatment is usually simple, and involves changing cleaning agents or cleaning around the foreskin and glans more regularly.
If the condition does not self-resolve within a few days, or the problem continually recurs, it is worth consulting with your doctor to rule out any other more serious problems.
Penis Problems – Priapism
Priapism is basically an erection that won’t go away, one lasting for more than three hours and often very painful. Priapism occurs where blood becomes trapped within the penis chamber, it can happen to men of any age and is most commonly caused by use of erectile dysfunction drugs. If not treated, Priapism can result in permanent damage to penile tissue, and in some cases erectile dysfunction.
If you experience Priapism it’s vital to see a doctor or emergency department as soon as possible to reduce damage. As an extra incentive, if caught within 3-6 hours Priapism can usually be treated with medication, but any longer than this and it may require a needle and syringe to directly drain blood or else penile surgery.
Penis Problems – Phimosis
Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin of an uncircumcised man cannot be retracted from the penile head. A related condition is Paraphimosis, where the foreskin cannot return to its normal position after being retracted. Both conditions are due to foreskin swelling, and can be caused by a variety of things including trauma, scarring, or excessively rough sexual stimulation.
Treatment is simply via steroid creams applied daily for a couple of weeks. Again though, if you think you may be affected by either of these conditions it’s best to consult your doctor promptly to rule out the risk of any other problems.
Penis Problems – Sexually Transmitted Infections
There are several sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that can cause penis problems. Herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhoea, genital warts and syphilis are amongst the most common. Symptoms include pain or discomfort urinating, odd-coloured or smelling penile discharges, sores and blisters on the penis or general genital region.
Again, if you think one of these penis problems is affecting you, consult your doctor or a sexual health specialist as soon as possible.
Breaking, Twisting, Bending and Peyronie’s
While the penis has no bones, the chambers that swell with blood during erections can burst if the twisted or bent quite violently whilst erect. Blood erupts from the split tubes and builds up internally, resulting in extremely painful swelling. If you think this has occurred to you, you should contact a doctor or emergency department immediately.
Most penises are somewhat curved, and a slight twist (usually anti-clockwise for some reason) is quite harmless and normal. If your penis bends more than 25° however you may be affected by Peyronie’s disease.
Peyronie’s disease can make sex difficult at best, almost impossible at worse. This thickening of the fibrous tissue on one side of the penis is most common in men aged 50-60, and the precise cause is not known although it is has been linked with smoking and blood pressure. It can be quite painful in the first 9-18 months as it develops, with the tissue thickening and penile curve becoming more pronounced during this period. After this time this thickening usually ceases. There are a range of treatments available, from drugs to surgery, depending on the age and extent of the tissue thickening. Your best bet as usual is to see your doctor as soon as you notice anything—don’t worry, it’s a common enough condition and your doctor will have doubtless seen many cases already.
Penis Problems – Too Small?
This may be one of the most common penis problems—in the eyes of men at least. Believe it or not, the vast majority of erect penises are very similar in size. The average erect penis is about 13cms long, and the average difference is only 1.7cm. There is a small group of men who have what is known as a micro-penis, however: this is defined as a penis smaller than 7cms in length, and occurs in only 0.6% of men. So chances are good this penis problem is all in the head!
Penis Problems – Smoking and Shrinkage
Speaking of penis size and fears of inadequacy. By now, most of us have probably realised there’s a strong link between penis problems and cigarette smoking, particular erectile dysfunction. It’s less well known that smoking can actually shrink your penis, as in shorten it. New research shows the general calcifying effects of smoking affects the penis’s blood vessels as well, eventually actually shortening your penis. Now that’s one penis problem you certainly don’t need!
Penis Problems – Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction can be defined as the inability to get or keep an erection
sufficient for sexual activity. It’s estimated that around 40% of Aussie men in their forties are affected to some extent by this common penis problem, a rate increasing to about 70% of men in their seventies.
A range of treatments for Erectile Dysfunction exist, from PDE-5 inhibiting ED drugs, to counselling and psychological treatments, basic lifestyle changes like diet and exercise, and all-natural traditional herbal supplements. If you’re affected by erectile dysfunction, do yourself a favour and do something about it.
Penis problems won’t just go away on their own!
Penis Problems Causes
Many factors contribute to penis problems, such as heart disease and diabetes, certain medications, unprotected sex, hormonal imbalance, aging, body piercings, neurological conditions, psychological problems, aggressive sexual acts and illegal drugs.
Some of these factors you won’t be able to do much about, but for others you’d be surprised what options are available. If you think any of the above may be causing you penis problems you’d be advised to consult your doctor or a sexual health specialist as soon as you can. Don’t put up with unnecessary penis problems!