4 penis signs that warrant a talk with your doctor
| Cleveland Clinic
1. Erectile dysfunction
ED is common. It has several possible causes, many of which are no big deal.
But if you consistently have trouble getting or keeping it up, it might signal heart disease.
“Over half of patients who have coronary bypass surgery have erectile dysfunction,” says urologist Ryan Berglund, MD.
“And almost two-thirds of patients that have a heart attack have erectile dysfunction.”
2. A weak erection
Does your penis have a noticeable bend or curve? You may have Peyronie’s disease, a disorder in which scar tissue within the penis causes a curvature.
“We consider a curve greater than 30 degrees to be a severe curvature,” Dr. Berglund says. “It can interfere with a man’s ability to have intercourse.”
In addition to the possible implications for heart health, men who have intercourse with a more flaccid erection are more likely to go on to develop Peyronie’s disease.
3. Poor performance can signal mental health issues
“The mind plays a very large role in the function of the penis,” Dr. Berglund says.
Depression, anxiety, and stress can all make it difficult for men to perform sexually, as can relationship issues.
4. Painful lumps, bumps or sores may spell trouble
“Every guy has lumps and bumps,” Dr. Berglund says.
Blood vessels, pimples and pearly penile papules (small, pearl-like bumps) are just a few of the things you might notice. In most cases, they’re nothing to worry about.
But how can you tell if there’s something more serious going on?
If the bump is painful or there’s an open or weeping sore, guys should get it checked out ASAP.
It may be a sexually transmitted infection, such as herpes. Read more.