What is a painful ejaculation?

Painful ejaculation is when you experience painful, burning sensations during or after ejaculation.

You’ll feel this pain in your perineum (the area between the anus and the genitals) and the urethra (a tube that runs from the bladder to the end of the penis). The condition can cause discomfort in the testicles, and interfere with your feelings of sexual pleasure.

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What causes painful ejaculation?

Painful ejaculation can be caused by any condition that’s linked to inflammation or infection of the organs involved in ejaculation, or the body parts that surround those organs.

What treatments are there?

If you’re experiencing painful ejaculation, the best thing to do is to contact your doctor.  

This can be quite an uncomfortable condition, but your doctor should be able to work out the cause of the pain and find the right treatment. If an infection is causing the pain, you might need antibiotics. If the problem is more complicated, you might need a referral to see a urologist.

Your doctor’s appointment

Things to think about before your appointment

  • Do you experience pain or burning sensations during or after ejaculating? Where is the pain?

  • When did you last have a check for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

Email these questions to yourself to take into your doctor's appointment.


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