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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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An area just next the base of my penis has been very slightly sore for over a year now. It's a small area just above my penis and to the right. It's very very slight and I almost don't notice it. I feel it when I move the pubic hairs there. It feels as though it's near the surface of the skin. I cannot see anything there though, it looks totally normal. Should I worry? Thanks.





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ofter having sex with my husban he complains about having pain in his penis its sore and some redness some times it hurt when he urenates





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Hi..I'm 25 years male..I had an intercorse wid my girl while she was having periods..its been more then a month I have a weired hard mole near my penus or u can say right below my belly button and in between my penus and belly button.if I touch it,it pains a bit..It seems to becum bigger now..I don't knw what it is and how it became like this..plz help me cz I am v much worried.thanks





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When my new boyfriend and I began having sex within the first couple of weeks he began having pain in his penis we both went and got tested for every STD possible and we are both negative he still having pain and I am now having An odor what could this possibly be.? Is it possible that our pH levels don't work together? I am being tested for vaginal bacteria tomorrow and he has been tested twice for STDs as have I . We have both the negative for every single test that can possibly be done. I'm at a complete loss please any insight would be great





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i have a slight sore on my head of penis , only the back part of the head , when i touch it it feels harder than the rest of the head. When its erect its more pronounced , and a slight dull pain on the head penis. I don't know what it could be , its been only only 4 weeks since i noticed it, so its recently appeared.





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I was a virgin when I got married. My husband says that after we have sex he gets sores on his penis. Any idea how I could be giving them to him?





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Am 20years old i dd sex last week n from monday this week, my penis has been iching me and removng spore n whenver i urinet i fil pain... What could be the problem?





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There are numerous things that could cause this, from something serious (such as an STI) to just "everyday " issues, such as a urinary tract infection and dry penis skin; the best way to find out is to see a doctor, as a physical examination of the penis will give more accurate information than describing the issue over the internet. Do remember to use a quality penis health crème regularly to get amino acids to your penis and help with common issues like dry penis skin, odor, etc. Good luck!

hi I'm 27 and have a bit of a problem, Never had sex before - yep shock horror and fear, actually its really quite a little bit embarrassing, (Not religious or bi either or anything) but the tip of my penis aches a lot, I have pulled the skin right back as well to kind of get used to the more sensitive areas and such. I'm not bothered about that, just wondered why the tip aches. I don't play about with it or anything - not bothered about sex or that, more worried about the slight pain of the it, - another thing is it's not really big either or is it long, intact it's like as if it never grew sometimes and that puts me right off meeting women and having sex and all that. But I'm just worried about the tip, I think it's where I had pulled the skin back only quite recent - I understand this is considered to the modern man and woman an abnormality but - not interested. Just need help anything that can ease the tip of it, it's turning out to be a problem every few days. Also I don't get many erections, as I don't get turn ons very much unless I really think long and hard about anything, or unless I am asleep or waking up which is the only time and that is quite rarely so this is yet another feather to the odd bow . Also I need to change my GP - he is a very unhelpful doctor and quite insulting. I'm very worried deep down and it does bother me to think that I am not physically normal. Does this mean I am a freak? Do I have to go to a doctor? What can I do? I hope I don't scare people by this I just need some answers and I want to know if I am completely alone in my situation. Thanks





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Is it bad that when passing water on my penis it hurts?





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My boyfriend complain that his penis has been paining him since we last had sex about five days ago what is the cause.





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