You have urethritis. This means an inflammation in your urethra. The urethra is the tube that drains the urine out of your bladder through the tip of the penis.
Those often bring on additional symptoms, such as burning, itching, odor, or discharge. Some conditions, including urinary tract infections UTIs and balanitis, can be remedied at home with minimal treatment. But others may need immediate or long-term medical attention.
Pain in the urethra the tube that passes from the bladder to the outside of the body can be very uncomfortable. While the pain is often burning in quality depending on the causeit can sometimes be severe to the point where the thought of urinating is excruciating. In both men and women, common causes of urethral pain include sexually transmitted diseases STDs such as chlamydialocal irritation from soaps or spermicides, and urinary tract infections UTIs. In men, prostatitis isn't an uncommon cause, whereas in women, vaginal dryness due to menopause can be an issue.
Penile pain can affect the base, shaft, or head of the penis. It can also affect the foreskin. An itching, burning, or throbbing sensation may accompany the pain.
While you might find it difficult to discuss problems affecting your penis with your health care provider, don't let embarrassment prevent you from taking charge of your health. Penis problems can be a sign of an underlying health condition. Ongoing health issues affecting your penis also can impact other areas of your life, causing stress, relationship problems or poor self-confidence.
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Prostatitis is swelling or infection of the prostate gland. It often hurts. The prostate gland sits just below a man's bladder and makes part of the fluid for semen.
Back to Health A to Z. It can be very painful and distressing, but will often get better eventually. It produces fluid that's mixed with sperm to create semen.