When the penis is functioning properly, it’s a man’s best friend; but when significant penis pain enters the picture, it can cause a high level of distress. There are numerous causes of penis pain, and even a man who dedicatedly practices preventive penis care can still end up with discomfort. While traumatic penis injury or social diseases are well-known sources of penis pain, it behooves men to be aware of other potential causes - such as bladder stones.

Bladder stones

Similar to kidney stones, bladder stones are minerals which crystallize into a hard mass inside the bladder. This typically occurs when the urine in the bladder doesn’t completely evacuate during urination.

Very often a man may develop a bladder stone and never know it. It is small enough in size that it causes no problems and passes naturally out of the body without creating any trauma. Other times, however, the stone can be large enough that it lodges in the bladder wall or blocks the flow of urine, and this can create discomfort.

Perhaps because of the way men are built, the vast majority of bladder stones - some 95% - occur in males.


Symptoms typically associated with bladder stones include stomach pain, penis pain and/or pain in the testicles, frequent urination, a stinging or burning feeling while urinating, and urine that is bloody or cloudy.

However, often a man may have a bladder stone and experience no symptoms, or only light symptoms that don’t "register" with him.

It is unusual for penis pain to be the only symptom associated with the presence of a bladder stone; however, it does occur, so men who experience penis pain without any other obvious cause may want to consult a doctor to determine if a bladder stone may be responsible.


So bladder stones form when urine is left in the bladder - but aside from ceasing urination too early, what causes this situation? There can be numerous reasons, including:

- An enlarged prostate, which can interfere with the proper flow of urine

- Nerve damage, which prevents the brain’s signals to open or close the bladder muscles from being received properly

- A urinary tract infection, or the passing of a kidney stone to the bladder, which then becomes stuck and forms into a bladder stone

- Catheterization of the penis, which may have the unintended side effect of creating a bladder stone


After a doctor diagnoses a bladder stone, they will typically recommend a course of treatment based on the severity of the stone. In many cases, treatment simply involves increasing fluid intake to create a situation in which the stone can be broken down and then passed through urination.

In other cases, a more active treatment option may be needed. It is very common for a doctor to use a laser or an ultrasound device to break up the stone. This process is generally referred to as cystolitholapaxy. A local anesthetic is used for this procedure.

In some extreme cases, surgery may be required if the stone is too large to be removed through other methods.

Prompt and proper attention to bladder stones can help to alleviate the penis pain that may accompany them. After removal, the penis may be sore and sensitive. As with any case in which soreness are present, using a top-notch penis health crème ( health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can prove beneficial. Helping to restore the overall health of the penis aids the healing process, so a crème that includes pantothenic acid and alpha lipoic acid is ideal. Also known as vitamin B5, pantothenic acid is required for cell metabolism and the maintenance of healthy penis tissue. Alpha lipoic acid is a potent antioxidant whose job is to combat the presence of free radicals which can cause cellular damage to the penis.