Guys know that a sore penis is a thing, but not every woman may realize this. After all, in our society, the penis has this overinflated reputation as a relentless sex machine with only one thing on its mind and an unwillingness to let anything stand in its way. (And, yeah, sometimes it can behave a little like that.) But men know that an occasional sore penis is inevitable (even when practicing good penis care), and when that happens, sex may be impacted to varying degrees. Clearly, preventing a sore penis and knowing tips about what to do when it is unavoidable is a good thing - and so it’s also a good thing for a guy to share some of these tips with his partner.

Naturally, some guys are less than enthusiastic about doing this. They may worry that talking about their sore penis may make them seem like less of a man. But most women appreciate a man talking openly and honestly with them, especially when it’s about something which may make them feel somewhat vulnerable. So man up and share some of these tips (at the appropriate time).

Basic tips

- Not all strokes are good. The penis craves friction, it’s true, but there’s good stroking and not-so-good stroking. Some examples of not-so-good stroking (depending upon the penis in question) would include stroking with a dry, unlubricated hand; stroking with a rough or calloused hand; stroking with a grip that is painfully tight; and stroking in a manner that causes sharp fingernails to scrape the skin. Communicating this kind of information can help prevent a sore penis from arising.

- Trauma happens. Occasionally when thrusting, a penis may accidentally strike a more solid portion of anatomy. This may cause pain to the woman, which is very unfortunate and quite unintended; but it can also cause discomfort for the penis, sometimes a significant amount. This may cause a deflation of the penis and subsequent soreness which may last for an extended period of time.

- General health affects the penis, too. Sometimes being in poorer-than-desired health can have consequences for the penis, too. General body achiness can include penile soreness, as can not getting enough sleep.

- Small condoms can be a problem. Guys try to wear condoms that are a good fit, but sometimes a situation arises where a guy has to choose between a condom that’s too snug and no sex at all. Guess which option most guys will choose? But wearing a tight-fitting condom, especially for an extended period of time, can produce penis pain.

- Allergies. Yes, the penis can be allergic to things - or more specifically, the penis skin can. Fragrances, detergents, soaps, shampoos, body lotions, fabrics - all these are potential causes of an allergic reaction, which can bring about a sore penis situation. So believe him when he says it’s not you, it’s his fabric softener.

- It’s a urinary issue. Men do get urinary tract infections, if at a somewhat lesser rate than women. And that burning sensation that can accompany an infection can create a soreness that precludes effective sexual activity.

Essentially, these tips are a starting point when it comes to a sore penis. Telling a woman partner more information can only help - as can letting her know that regular use of a first class penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) is also helpful. Strengthening the skin helps prevent some forms of soreness, so find a crème with a potent antioxidant like alpha lipoic acid. This can fight off free radicals and prevent oxidative stress. The crème should also include vitamin D, the so-called "miracle vitamin" which imparts numerous health benefits.