So, your penis is burning during sex? I’m going to level with you: That’s probably not a great sign.
Ideally, you shouldn’t experience any burning pain or discomfort with intercourse, so if it’s happening to you, it’s a good idea to get it checked out by a doctor. In the meantime, we asked Jamin Brahmbhatt, M.D., co-director at The PUR Clinic, which specializes in urology and men’s health, to explain some things that may be causing that burning sensation, and what the potential treatments are. (Oh, and in case it needs to be said: Stop having sex until you can get checked out by a medical professional!)
If it’s a foreskin issue…
Problem: “Guys with foreskin that have phimosis (foreskin that does not easily retract back) can get little cracks that burn during intercourse if they don’t use enough lubricant or are penetrating when the vagina is not completely self-lubricated yet,” says Brahmbhatt.
Solution: Make sure to use more lubricant during sex. Simple enough! Not sure which ones to use? Here’s a list of some of our favorite lubes.
Sliquid H2O Original Water Based Lubricant
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If you’re having too much sex…
Problem: “Some men can have burning around the bottom phallus (near the urethra) if they have been having sex for a longer than usual period,” says Brahmbhatt. “If you are ejaculating multiple times over a short time period, this could also be causing the burning sensation. The body may not be used to it, and therefore can have these ‘sore’ sensations.”
Solution: Keep it in your pants. But in all serious: Make sure you’re using a lot of lube. That could help with any friction-related burning, according to Brahmbhatt. You can also space out your ejaculations so your penis isn’t “sore” from ejaculating so much.
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If you have peehole blockage…
Problem: “Another reason men can have burning during and after ejaculation is if they have a stricture, which is a blockage in your urethra,” says Brahmbhatt. When you have a stricture, pain arises from not being able to “shoot out” all of your semen, to speak. If you have a stricture, odds are you’ll experience other symptoms that have to do with urination. According to the Mayo Clinic, you may see a “decrease in urine stream, incomplete bladder emptying, spraying of the urine, pain while urinating, an increased urge to urinate, and more frequent urination.”
There are numerous causes of strictures, notes the Mayo Clinic. They include: trauma or injury to the urethra, cancer of the urethra or prostate, sexually transmitted infection, and radiation therapy.
Solution: You need to see a urologist. He can let you know if it’s a sexually transmitted infection, or if it’s something more serious. Then, depending on what it is, the doctor may put a tube in your urethra to help open your urethral hole, explains the Mayo Clinic.
If you have an STI…
Problem: “Some men can have burning with urination or sex if they have STIs,” explains Brahmbhatt. We touched on this briefly with the stricture, but yes, a common cause of the burning sensation during sex is having a sexually transmitted infection. Still, Brahmbhatt notes that “there’s usually other symptoms if you have an STI.” These symptoms include but are not limited to a neon discharge, sores, fever, and fatigue.
Solution: Get tested for STIs. You can either head to your primary care doctor, a sexual health clinic, or urgent care. There they will test you, and depending on the rest of your symptoms and past sexual behavior, they may actually treat you on site. This means, they’ll give you antibiotics before your test results even come back. To keep yourself and your partners safe, you should wait at least a week before having sex, the New York State Department of Health recommends. If your test results come back positive, it’s also crucial to tell all your partners you’ve had sex with to make sure they can get tested and treated. (The last thing you want to do is pass the STI back and forth!)
Zachary Zane is a Brooklyn-based writer, speaker, and activist whose work focuses on lifestyle, sexuality, culture, and entertainment.
Source: Mens Health