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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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hi,recently i saw a lengthy cut,almost circular under my boy friend's penis head.But we didn't have sex for atleast one month.I am worrying is it any STD or what can be possible reasons?





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My bf and I had sex 3 Weeks ago at the time he complains that it hurts after we were done . he had two raw spots one on right one on left 3 weeks later he still has them but kinda scabed over but still very red... I have no symptoms of anything .. I thought maybe not any lube and we had sex a very long time that night.. Im just wondering why it isn't healing..





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Sometimes the skin takes a long time to heal, especially if the tool is being used or if it rubs against rough fabric or fabric that contains harsh cleansers. It often helps to use a first class penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) with soothing shea butter and vitamin E.

Hi for nearly a year now iv had a red rash on the head of my penis iv been tested for Sti and I'm all clear there.i have had every cream you can think of and it still hasn't cleared it up.after sex or masturbation it gets so red and hot and takes days to clam down abit but it's still always red.iv been giving antibiotics and thursh pills but nothing is working I keep very clean and dry as well.is there anything I can do this is getting me down and making me depressed thanks





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Penis skin is very sensitive and is prone to many issues like redness, rashes, etc. Often using a quality penis health crème with natural moisturizers can help to alleviate these issues.

Hi when my boyfriend has sex with me he becomes very sore and sensitive ,, is there a reason for this?





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Hi I am 14 and I have two issues i am concerned about. The first one is I have small skin coloured lumps/spots around my private area. They are not itchy or one bit irritating but I would like to get rid of them. The other issue is that the lower part of the head of my penis is fairly brused and quite irritating to touch. I would really appreciate a reply as I really want to get rid and find out what these are.





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Hi ive been masterbating like a week ago and i used this body wash for lubricant and when i stared to masterbate my penis and balls started to burn and i ignored it when i was done my penis was very sore ...after a day it began to look so raw there is a skin coming of my penis..i tried to pull the raw skin of and i made it worse..im really worried about this but what do i do now..consult a docter...what do i do





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Hi Been to sexual clinic for redness on shaft of penis nurse told me it was irritation from soap powder,etc. Gave me canesten hc which took redness away but whenever I get an erection penis tip becomes bright red as well as part of foreskin.





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I have had pain in my left epdydimis for the last 3 years I am a 26 year old and frequently went to the gym, I have never been diagnosed for any std all my tests have come out negative, I then went on to have blood tests and a urine test which was all clear with my gp I have had 2 ultrasound scans which came out all clear, I have seen 3 urologists who said I have epdydimitis I have had anti bi otics cipro and doxycycline even when there was no infection, I am so fed up my epdydimis affects me everyday and has ruined me now I feel pain in the right epdymis also in the left it is the tail and head on the righ I feel a burning sensation constantly... Sex life is great and no problems urinating it's just YE constant discomfort that I'm sick of !! Is there anyone who can help me! Doctors just say it will burn its self out over time I also had a semen anylasis which was normal





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My boyfriend and i had sex with a new condom he got and after he cum he got this burning feeling and started to swell and become very painfull within the second he pulled out what can this be ?





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I'm a 77 years old man and I have develop a redness on the head of my penis and when I clean the area a few drops of blood appears. Any one can help? Thanks. Patrick.





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