Penile pain can strike any part of the penis, be it the sturdy shaft or the hypersensitive head. Sore penis pain, therefore, is no joking matter and needs to be dealt with fast. Sometimes it can be caused by a major medical issue, but most times it’s a small trauma that leaves the penis reeling. Let’s look at the most common causes of sore penis pain and how to treat them.

Penile Injury

The most common cause of a sore penis pain, an injury can affect the penis the same way it affects any other part of the body. Things like car accidents and contact sports play can be accidental ways to injure the penis. However, things like rough sex, sexual aids which fashion a ring around the penis to keep blood in for a prolonged period of time and inserting foreign items into the urethra are entirely controllable activities that can lead to both minor and serious injury. Be sure to wear appropriate protective gear for sports and maintain a safe sexual play environment for other extracurricular activities.

In minor cases, a little rest, cool compresses, and pain reliever are recommended. By the way, rest means no play, with a partner or solo, until everything is back to good. In the case of major injury, seek medical care.

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Think a man can’t get a UTI? Think again! When bacteria invade the urinary tract, it can lead to a painful infection. Men with a weakened immune system, are uncircumcised, or have an enlarged prostate are at a greater risk of developing UTIs. Some sexual practices like sex with someone who has an infection, as well as anal sex can also lead to a UTI.

See a doctor for diagnosis and medication.


Balanitis is an infection of the foreskin and the head of the penis. While uncircumcised men are at a greater risk for this issue as well, any male that doesn’t properly and diligently wash his penis. The penis will take on an angry red hue and can be quite painful. Most times a trip to the doctor is necessary.

To prevent balanitis, employ a simple hygiene routine like the one listed at the end of the article.

Phimosis and Paraphimosis

Happening mostly to uncircumcised men, it’s when the foreskin is too tight and can’t be pulled away from the head of the penis. This can also affect males who have balanitis or penile scarring resulting from an injury. Medical attention is necessary.

A similar condition, paraphimosis, happens if the foreskin can be pulled back from the penis but then can’t retract to its normal, upright position. This is a real medical emergency because it can stop a man from urinating and result in penile tissue death.

Peyronie’s Disease

They say to turn into a curve, but that’s hard when a man has a penile curve of 20 percent or greater. Peyronie’s Disease develops when an inflammation causes a tinny sheet of scar tissue, called plaque, to form along the upper or lower ridges of the shaft of the penis. This scar tissue resides right next to the same tissue that hardens during an erection resulting in a dramatic bend in the penis which can be quite painful. It affects over 20 percent of men and they are usually over the age of 40 when it’s noticed.

There are several ways to treat Peyronie’s Disease. Penile rejuvenation done via plasma-rich platelet shots have be shown to help, as has surgery. The best course of action is to partner with a urologist experienced in Peyronie’s Disease for treatment.

Prevent Sore Penis Pain

Some of the best ways to prevent penile pain is to practice healthy penis behaviors. Practice safe sex with both condoms and honest conversations to avoid infections and disease. Also, be observant of sexual practices that may lead to injury.

One of the easiest ways to prevent sore penis pain is to adopt a regular hygiene ritual. Simply cleanse the penis daily (more if used) with a mild cleanser and warm water. Be sure to thoroughly cleanse the entire area and pull foreskin back gently to ensure a squeaky-clean penis everywhere.

After cleansing the skin, use a specially formulated penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin) to lock in hydration and strengthen the skin. Find crèmes with a wide array of vitamins and nutrients to protect against bacteria and nerve damage, while providing the skin with collagen and blood flow boosting properties.