Sex is enjoyable. However, there are occasions where the sex is no longer pleasurable, like when the male develops a cut on his penis during or after intercourse. Surprisingly, penis tears are very common. But it is not frequently reported by men because of feeling ashamed about admitting the problem to their doctors. However, no matter how small the cut, you should go to see your physician, especially if the tear heals slowly.
Causes of Penis Tears
Penis tears can result from a variety of causes. The most common are:
- Friction - The most obvious cause of a cut on the penis is too much friction during sex. While it is true that the more friction between the vagina and the penis the more pleasure is generated, it also goes along this line that penile injury is more likely to occur. Guys endowed with bigger penises should bear in mind that they are more at risk of such injuries, especially if they have sex with a smaller partner or if they love to have deep penetration sex.
- Frenulum injury - There is a structure underneath the penis head that is known as the frenulum. It is like a ridge of small skin connecting the head of the penis to the shaft skin. A shorter frenulum means that the penile skin is dragged easily forward and back during sex. When the skin is tugged back, the action will cause some pain or discomfort. At some point, when the sex is already too hard, the frenulum may be ripped or torn, resulting in bleeding.
- Balanitis - This is a condition that often surfaces as a result of chronic diabetes. Diabetic patients are at risk because wound healing is generally slowed down. But in most cases, balinitis is caused by poor hygiene and infection; that's why uncircumcised men are more prone to getting this condition. It is characterized by an inflammation of the penile head and the foreskin. Men usually suspect balanitis if their penises are easily reddened, especially at the head part. Rashes on the same area are frequently seen as well.
- Yeast infection - The most common type of male yeast infection is the one affecting the male reproductive organ. Sexual dysfunction, burning sensation during sex, reddened penis head and blistered penile trunk are the most common signs and symptoms of yeast infection. Rashes, swelling, and a cut on the penis also develop more easily among yeast-infected males.
- Other causes - Genital piercings and an allergy to latex condoms have also been reported to cause a cut on the penis.
Treatment for Penis Tears
Managing penis tears depends on its cause. This is why it is important to find out what exactly causes the cuts on the penis. As a general intervention, males should wear condoms (with the right lubrication) during sex while healing is still taking place. Nevertheless, here are the other treatment options that are specific for their respective causes:
- Men are encouraged to insert the penis when the partner is already "wet" or at least has sufficient artificial lubrication applied. Lubricants aid in lessening friction to avoid injury for both parties. Those who are uncircumcised are even more at risk for a cut on the penis because their foreskins or prepuces go head to head with the vaginal canal. The to and fro motion may also contribute to the injury when the skin of the penis is dragged quickly.
- For frenulum injury, frenuloplasty, and other minor surgeries can be performed on short and thin frenulums. This is often done during or just before early adulthood. It is a quick procedure done on an outpatient basis but healing usually takes a full month.
- Steroids are used to treat balanitis related to skin diseases while antibiotics are prescribed for balanitis resulting from infection. Doctors also advise uncircumcised males to get circumcised if they develop this condition. Those who are, at the same time, diabetic are told to control their blood sugar levels to improve healing.
- Antifungal creams are used to fight against yeast infections. Because it has been found that most men contract this type of infection from their partners, it is also advisable to have the partner checked for the presence of such and get treated if diagnosed to be positive.