One of the most common (and most practical) reasons for a man to practice exceptional penis care is to reduce the possibility of situations that can cause penis pain. Intense penis pain can not only be uncomfortable, but can play a role in reducing a man’s sexual activity as well. One little known cause of penis pain is a condition known as chronic pelvic pain syndrome, or CPPS for short.
The good news is that CPPS is thought to be quite rare. The government estimates that less than 1% of men ever report experiencing CPPS. However, as with many things related to the penis, there is some concern that the incidence may be somewhat higher. Some researchers believe that either it is under-reported by men who suffer from it or that it is misdiagnosed by doctors.
So what exactly is CPPS? As the name implies, it is a condition in which the pelvic area – either the entire area or individual parts of it – experiences pain on a regular and ongoing basis. At one time the condition was called prostatodynia, which literally means ‘painful prostate.’ It was renamed some years ago to better reflect the fact that the pain experienced extends far beyond just the prostate itself.
CPPS occurs when a man experiences pain in the prostate or in the perineum (the area between the balls and the anus) for a period of three months or longer, without signs of a urinary tract infection. That pain often extends to the balls, penis, and bladder as well. The pain may not be present all of the time during that three-month period, but it is present for what would be considered a significant amount of time. The level of pain may be mild in some cases and much more severe in others. In some extreme cases, the pain can be so severe that it incapacitates a man.
CPPS tends to be very reactive to temperature. When the air is cold, it is much more likely to produce intense pain than when it is warm.
The penis pain
When a man has CPPS, he may experience pain throughout the penis; most often, however, the pain will be more localized, typically occurring in the glans and especially near the meatus. CPPS also leads to the need to urinate more frequently. In many instances, a man will experience significant penis pain after ejaculating. Needless to say, this can significantly impact a man’s desire to have sex. In some cases, erectile dysfunction accompanies CPPS, but whether this is a physical result of the disorder or a manifestation due to psychological fear of post-ejaculatory pain (or a combination of the two) is unclear.
Treatment of CPPS can be difficult. Many doctors have had success with various medications, including antidepressants, alpha blockers, antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen). Some doctors recommend yoga or other exercise-related programs that can strengthen the pelvic floor as well.
Sometimes symptoms related to the penis pain caused by CPPS can be treated by regularly using a first class penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Penis pain is intensified when the penis skin is unhealthy, so cremes that attend to penis skin cell issues can be a good choice. Such crèmes generally contain a combination of moisturizers (such as vitamin E and Shea butter), which keep the skin supple. In addition, a range of vitamins can help to build up penis health, so a creme including such vitamins as A, B5, C and D can also help boost the overall health of the penis skin and make it more resilient. Keeping the penis healthy is a sensible approach, whether a man suffers from CPPS or not.