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Pain During Intercourse

Reasons Why Men Feel Pain During Sex

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Updated March 16, 2012

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Experiencing pain during intercourse affects sexual performance as well as pleasure. It can even have lasting psychological effects, such as fear of penetration, leading to impotence. Not surprisingly, equating pain with intercourse can put a strain on relationships.

There are several possible causes of pain during intercourse:

Infection
Pain can arise because of infections, such as herpes or untreated gonorrhea.

Foreskin Problems
An overly tight foreskin (phimosis), or damage to the foreskin because of tearing, friction or inflammation, can all lead to pain.

Deformities of the Penis
Conditions such as hypospadias or scar tissue from previous traumas or infections can be a cause of painful intercourse. Growths (benign or cancerous) as well as urinary tract stones could also be a factor.

Priapism
This is a condition where a non-sexual and often painful and sustained erection occurs.

Allergy
Some men may experience an allergic reaction to vaginal fluids or the chemicals found in various forms of contraception.

Hypersensitivity
The penis can become very sensitive after orgasm and ejaculation, which can make continued intercourse painful.

If you're experiencing pain during intercourse, you should be checked out by a medical practitioner. Do not continue attempting intercourse until you have received treatment. This is especially important if the cause of pain is due to infection.

Medically reviewed on 2/8/2012

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