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Alternative Names Return to topPain - penis; Priapism
Definition Return to top
Penis pain is any pain or discomfort in the penis.
Causes Return to top
Home Care Return to top
How you treat penis pain at home depends on its cause. Talk to your health care provider about treatment. Ice packs may help ease the pain.
If penis pain is caused by a sexually transmitted disease, it is important for your sexual partner to also be treated.
An erection that does not go away (priapism) is a medical emergency. Get help immediately. Ask your health care provider about getting treatment for the condition causing priapism.
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Call your health care provider if you notice any of the following:
What to Expect at Your Office Visit Return to top
Your health care provider will do a physical examination and take a medical history, which may include the following questions:
The physical exam will probably include a detailed examination of the penis, testicles, scrotum, and groin.
The pain can be treated once its cause has been found. Treatments may include:
References Return to top
Burnett AL. Priapism. In: Wein AJ, ed. Campbell-Walsh Urology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007: chap 26.
Frenkl T, Potts J. Sexually transmitted diseases. In: Wein AJ, ed. Campbell-Walsh Urology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007: chap 11.
Pettaway CA, Lunch DF, Davis JW. Tumors of the Penis. In: Campbell-Walsh Urology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007: chap 31.
Jordan GH. Peyronie's Disease. In: Campbell-Walsh Urology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007: chap 25.Update Date: 9/7/2008 Updated by: Linda Vorvick, MD, Seattle Site Coordinator, Lecturer, Pathophysiology, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.