Pen!s health is an important part of your health — and it goes beyond your ability to get and keep an erection, ejaculate, and reproduce.
Health issues affecting your pen!s 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 pen!s health.
Problems related to s*xual function, s*xuality activity and pen!s health include:
Erectile dysfunction: The inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for s*x.
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.
Decreased libido: A reduced desire for s*x.
S*xually transmitted infections — including, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis and genital herpes — that can cause painful urination, pen!s discharge, and sores or blisters on the pen!s or in the genital area.
Yeast infection: Which can cause inflammation of the head of the pen!s (balanitis), a reddish rash, white patches on the pen!s, itching or burning, and a white discharge.
Penile fracture: Rupture during an erection of the fibrous, tube-like tissue in the pen!s, usually caused by an erect pen!s forcefully striking the female pelvis during s*x.
Penile cancer: Which may begin as a blister on the foreskin, head or shaft of the pen!s and then become a wart-like growth that discharges watery pus.
Various risk factors that can affect pen!s health
Heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes can increase the risk of erectile dysfunction.
Medications: Erectile dysfunction can be a side effect of a number of common medications, including blood pressure drugs, prescription sleep medicine, ulcer drugs and drugs for prostate cancer.
Smoking: Along with other health risks, smoking increases your chances of having erectile dysfunction.
Excessive drinking: Excessive drinking can contribute to reduced libido, erectile dysfunction and poor choices in s*xual behaviors.
Hormone levels: Hormone imbalances, especially testosterone deficiency, have been linked to erectile dysfunction.
Psychological factors: Depression, severe stress or other mental health impairments, as well as medications for these conditions, may increase the risk of erectile dysfunction. In turn, erectile dysfunction may contribute to anxiety, depression, low self-esteem or stress about s*xual performance.
Neurological conditions: Stroke, spinal cord and back injuries, multiple sclerosis, and dementia can affect the transfer of nerve impulses from the brain to the pen!s, causing erectile dysfunction.
Getting older: Aging generally results in a decline in testosterone levels and is associated with an increased risk of erectile dysfunction, decreased intensity of orgasms, decreased force of ejaculation and less penile sensitivity to touch.
Unsafe s*x: Unprotected s*x, s*x with multiple partners and other risky s*xual behaviors increase the risk of s*xually transmitted infections.
Piercings: A pen!s piercing can cause a skin infection and disrupt urinary flow. Depending where the piercing is placed, it might also worsen your ability to achieve an erection or orgasm.
Consult your doctor as soon as possible if you have any of the following signs or symptoms:
- Changes in the way you ejaculate
- Changes in s*xual desire
- Bleeding during urination or ejaculation
- Warts, bumps, lesions or a rash on your pen!s or in your genital area
- A severely bent pen!s or curvature that causes pain or interferes with s*xual activity
- A burning sensation when you urinate
- Discharge from your pen!s
- Severe pain to your pen!s
Steps to take to protect your pen!s health and overall health.
Be s*xually responsible: Use condoms or maintain a relationship with a partner who’s been tested and is free of s*xually transmitted infections.
Get vaccinated: If you’re age 26 or younger, consider the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to help prevent cancers associated with the virus.
Stay physically active: Moderate physical activity can significantly reduce your risk of erectile dysfunction.
Make healthy choices: Maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce the risk of developing high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and other risk factors for erectile dysfunction.
Practice good hygiene: If you’re not circumcised, regularly clean beneath your foreskin with soap and water. Be sure to return your foreskin to its normal position after s*x.
Know your medications: Discuss medication use and possible side effects with your doctor.
Pay attention to your mental health: Seek treatment for depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions.
Stop smoking: If you smoke, quit. If you need help quitting, talk to your doctor.
Limit the amount of alcohol you drink: If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. For healthy adults, take up to one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than age 65, and take up to two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger.
Not all pen!s problems can be prevented. However,
- frequently examining your pen!s can give you greater awareness of the condition of your peni!s and help you detect changes.
- Regular checkups also can help ensure that problems affecting your pen!s are diagnosed as soon as possible.
- While you might find it difficult to discuss problems affecting your pen!s with your doctor, don’t let embarrassment prevent you from taking charge of your health.