Sunday, 14 December 2014

When Sex is Painful Part 2

Yesterday we talked about painful sex and its causes in women. But what about men? Men can also experience pain during sex.  However, few men are willing to report to a medical facility for dyspareunia.
The cause of dyspareunia in men is usually physical, but in some cases it may be psychological. Pain occurring in the penis during intercourse may be accompanied by a burning sensation both during and after ejaculation.
Several things can cause a man pain during sex, the most common of which are

1. Infection of:
    -prostate gland
    -urethra (the tube through which urine and semen pass out of the body).
These infections are usually transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse, and friction on the penis during sex can aggravate the pain.

2. Inadequate Lubrication - I think this is self-explanatory.

3. Balanitis - inflammation of the 'head' of the penis, which can be caused by infection or physical trauma.

4. Prostatitis - inflammation of the prostate gland, in which case the person has pain on ejaculation.

Other causes could be allergic reactions to condoms, abnormal shape of penis when erect and a tight foreskin.
In most of these scenarios the first step would be to see your doctor. Many STDs and STIs can have long term effects, so the sooner you get treatment, the better. Do not attempt self medication as this usually leads to bigger problems. Also, remember to get your partner treated.

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