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Dr Pixie V/O: Christopher Stables is looking forward to marrying his girlfriend Deborah, but with only weeks to go, he’s worried that an embarrassing problem could ruin their wedding night. For four frustrating years he’s experienced excruciating pain every time he’s tried to have sex, owing to a mysterious condition effecting his penis. Keen to find a solution, Christopher has booked an appointment with Dr Jessen.

Dr Christian: Have a seat for me.

Christopher: Thanks.

Dr Christian: Right, tell me what’s going on with you.

Christopher: I’ve had problems having intercourse for some time now and I’ve had incredibly severe pain in my penis and I’ve also had bleeding from it as well so intercourse is out of the question, masturbation is out of the question, it’s really hindering my pleasures in life.

Dr Christian: I want you to retract the foreskin and show me what the problem is. I can see, you know, these great fissures of raw open tissue which is why it’s so sore, I mean it looks awful, I’m not surprised you’re totally unable to have sex, I mean I don’t know how you even start, If you compare it to this skin, this looks all healthy and normal, and this is really bright red and sore. I’m sorry for you basically, it’s a nasty condition, and I think we can do something about it, and I think it’ll, in time, smarten up itself up, tidy up, heal up and look a whole lot nicer and be a lot less painful.

Christopher: Good.

Dr Christian: What I’ll think we’ll do is refer you off to a surgeon to have that tidied up.

Dr Pixie V/O: Christopher Stables is hoping his wedding night will be memorable for all the right reasons, he’s having a chemically induced erection to see whether circumcision could be the answer to his penis problems. If you’re squeamish, look away now.

Christopher: That is very painful, very, very painful.

Dr Pixie V/O: Now it’s just a matter of waiting to see what comes up.

Christopher: There’s nothing happening as yet. We have a bit of progress.

Doctor/Nurse 1: Oh good, excellent. There is definitely some erection there.

Doctor/Nurse 2: Oh that’s pretty good, the skin isn’t tight, and the skin isn’t the problem, and that skin isn’t tight.

Dr Pixie V/O: After a thorough inspection it appears that circumcision won’t be required, and that Chris’s problem is the result of a skin complaint. He visit a specialist dermatologist for further tests, but in the meantime he’s been abstaining from sex and has come to show Christian the results.

Dr Christian: Tell me where we’re up to now.

Christopher: If you were to look at it today you would honestly say that it’s probably as close to being right as it’ll ever be.

Dr Christian: Gosh, well that’s a difference isn’t it? It’s gone, it has, it’s completely gone. When I first saw it, it was wet, red, angry looking, there were sort of cracks and fissures in it weren’t there? It looked very painful.

Christopher: And it had been bleeding.

Dr Christian: This is a normal penis now, nothing wrong with the skin, it’s almost a joy to look at now compared to before isn’t it? I’m wondering if perhaps a very, very simple answer to all this is that you wear condoms? Because sex is quite traumatic, which if you’ve got a sensitive penis, which you have clearly, it’s going to give it a harrying, it’s going to make you suffer. Wearing a condom I think it’d be well worth you trying, in fact I 100% recommend that.

Christopher: It’s never been suggested before but I’ll certainly try it, I’ll give anything a try.

Dr Christian: If now the dermatologist can sort him out and using condoms sorts him out then there’s light at the end of the tunnel for him, and I think he’s going to be so much happier.

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Consultation: Soreness on the Penis

Dr Christian Jessen diagnoses a patient complaining of irritation and soreness on his penis in this consultation from the first series of Embarrassing Illnesses. At the same time Dr Jessen gives out some advice on STDs and the perils of unsafe sex.

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my man has a sore on the side of his penis and it's almost like a blister after having sex what does this mean





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Hi I'm 15 and I masterbate pretty much 2 times a day and I have weird pores on the middle of my shaft what is this and will it go if I stop master bateing??





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hi i m 30 yr old , whenever i masturbate i feel pain in my penis , same after the night fall , and i think i have also a problem of pre ejaculation. can we cure it ,





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I am 45 years old, after having sex with my partner, I can see redness on head of my penis and it hurts when I wash because the fore skin also is damaged. so I am scared to have sex. but, I keep away from sex for a day or two, it is back to normal. Also when I wash my penis morning and evening, I see on my top of my penis something like skin peeling off. it goes when I wash.





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I am 27 Sorry for my poor english but plz i need your help Ryt now i am writting this am stilI feeling pain on my penis. It started december 2012 when i slept with a certain girl the pain started. When i get the first treatment(injection,doxy,flagyl and panado) i stayed 5 months ok then it started again the second treatment i was ok for 3 months but after that treatment. Any treatment does not work again on me. Am very stressed I have visited different clinics for almost 9 times for STD's check up, But none of them have ever checked me. Once i explain my problem they jst gives me injection, doxy,flagyl and panado. After 2 days of treatment i become ok but when i finish my treatment and have sexual intercose using a condom the pain comes again on my pennis. But if i dont use a condom i feel the big pains which make me not to sleep tili i get injection again, my penis looks normal but if i squeeze my fingers on my pennis i feel that there is a wound inside it because it pains more and nothing else comes out except urine. Remember i am already secumsised. But the other thing is that i am addicted to sexual intercouse every week i sleep with ladies twice but with a condom but during the treatment i dont sleep with a lady.





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I was looking at my penis right before I went into the shower, I am circumcised, and I noticed that under the gland there was a residue. It was semi-solid (like skin peeling off after a sun burn) it had an odor but it wasn't bad, it smelled like the jelly that form between your tows when you haven't showered for a day or so. I am worried that it might be an STD.





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You may have an STD.. If it smells bad, go see your family's practitioner and get that looked at.. don't worry dosen't sound like herpes but it does sound like you have gotten a yeast infection*which yes males can get it to* Its curable by pill and cream. Goodluck

Help! my penis had sores around the glan penis...what can i do?





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Sores can mean so many things, if you masterbate without some type of lubrication you could get sores from it. Now if your sores have pus coming from them go see your family's practitioner and get an STD swab. But please keep open mind that you may not have herpes and may just be rough patchs:) goodluck

Sores can mean so many things, if you masterbate without some type of lubrication you could get sores from it. Now if your sores have pus coming from them go see your family's practitioner and get an STD swab. But please keep open mind that you may not have herpes and may just be rough patchs:) goodluck

what does it mean when your penis swells after ejaculation an it's red an has a white sticky film under forskin





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Hi I am 19 years old healthy and fit. My penis fore skin has become red and sometimes itchy. I am cleaning it and drying it two or more times a day and have brought some anitbacerial soltion to mix with water to clean it with this is helping. But what could this be ?





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hi i am 21 and i have sever anxiety and i've never have sex, it always be really hard for me because iv'e never be comfortable with that sort of thing, and i really want nothing to do with that part of my body! I am not cercomesized and recently me penis has been hurting on the top of the head and it stings a little, i've been to scared to go to a doctor cause of my anxiety and it just to awkward in general, i've tried looking it up online and its says i ether have cancer or a sexually transmitted disease but again i've never has sex (thats google for ya) :D so i need some help and advice asap! thanks in advanced





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If you masturbate And use no lubrication,this will possibly mean you irritated the tip of your penis or the body wash's you use are telling you that you're allergic to them, but make sure to see your family's practitioner for more inside information. Goodluck





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