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“Ongoing health issues affecting your penis also can impact other areas of your life, causing stress, relationship problems or poor self-confidence.” – Mayo Clinic 

April 19, 2019

Mayo Clinic – Penis health is an important part of your health — and it goes beyond your ability to get and keep an erection, ejaculate, and reproduce.

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. Know the signs and symptoms of penis problems and what you can do to protect your penis health.

What conditions affect penis health and function?

Problems related to sexual function, sexuality activity and penis health include:

  • Erectile dysfunction, the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex
  • Ejaculation problems, including the inability to ejaculate, premature ejaculation, delayed ejaculation, painful ejaculation, reduced ejaculation or retrograde ejaculation, when semen enters the bladder instead of emerging through the penis
  • Anorgasmia, the inability to achieve an orgasm despite adequate stimulation
  • Decreased libido, a reduced desire for sex
  • Sexually transmitted infections — including genital warts, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis and genital herpes — that can cause painful urination, penis discharge, and sores or blisters on the penis or in the genital area
  • Yeast infection, which can cause inflammation of the head of the penis (balanitis), a reddish rash, white patches on the penis, itching or burning, and a white discharge
  • Peyronie’s disease, a chronic condition that involves the development of abnormal scar tissue inside the penis, often resulting in bent or painful erections …

When to see your doctor?

Consult your doctor as soon as possible if you have any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Changes in the way you ejaculate
  • Abrupt changes in sexual desire
  • Bleeding during urination or ejaculation
  • Warts, bumps, lesions or a rash on your penis or in your genital area
  • A severely bent penis or curvature that causes pain or interferes with sexual activity
  • A burning sensation when you urinate
  • Discharge from your penis
  • Severe pain after trauma to your penis

What can I do to keep my penis healthy?

Not all penis problems can be prevented. Related issues for women. 

However, routinely examining your penis can give you greater awareness of the condition of your penis and help you detect changes. Regular checkups also can help ensure that problems affecting your penis are diagnosed as soon as possible.

While you might find it difficult to discuss problems affecting your penis with your doctor, don’t let embarrassment prevent you from taking charge of your health. Read more. 

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