7 Causes of Penis Itching After Sex

Discomfort or itching following sexual intercourse is a common issue that many men experience. The reality is that there are a number of conditions that can contribute to penis itching after sex. Some are relatively minor and can be addressed quickly, while others require medical attention. Today, we’ll examine seven different causes of penis itching after sex and explain what you can do to protect your (and your partners’) well-being if you experience penis irritation: 

Allergies

A relatively small number of people have an allergy to latex, and using latex condoms can cause the skin to become reddened and itchy. Severe latex allergies may even cause swelling of the penis and/or the throat. Individuals with latex allergies should consider non-latex condom alternatives. In addition, some lotions and lubes may also spark allergic reactions. 

Yeast Infections

Though more common in women, men can also contract yeast infections. Regular symptoms of yeast infections include:

  • Itchiness or irritation
  • Swelling or redness
  • Discharge
  • Discomfort during intercourse
  • Pain during urination

Doctors can use anti-fungal medications to treat yeast infections effectively. 

Balanitis

Balanitis is an inflammation of the skin on and under the foreskin. It can cause itchiness, redness, discharge, pain during urination, and a foul smell. A yeast infection or poor hygiene may lead to the development of balanitis. 

Skin Conditions

A variety of skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and jock itch can cause itching on and around the pubic region. Some skin conditions are permanent, but can be managed effectively with medication. Others, like jock itch, can be cured fairly quickly. 

Scabies & Pubic Lice

Scabies, which are small mites that burrow under the skin, and pubic lice can generate intense itching sensations on and around the genitals. Though not technically STDs, they are often transferred through sexual contact. 

Ingrown Hairs/Acne

Small red bumps on and around the penis may become inflamed and itchy. Sometimes, these bumps are merely ingrown hairs and/or acne, which should heal on their own over time. Note, though, several common STDs can appear very similar to both ingrown hairs and zits. 

STDs

Several common STDs have been known to cause penile itching. They are: 

  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Herpes
  • HPV
  • Trichomoniasis

Some STDs may cause itching to occur from within the penis and make sex and urination painful. Chlamydia and gonorrhea are good examples of these symptoms. Others, like herpes, will form small red bumps that can become inflamed and itchy. Lastly, STDs like trichomoniasis can lead to foul-smelling discharge. 

It’s important to remember that STD symptoms may dissipate after a period of time. This does not mean the infection has left your system. Furthermore, STD symptoms can take weeks or months to manifest after initial contraction. In other words, it’s unlikely that you’ll notice symptoms of an STD immediately. 

A Word from Same Day STD Testing

Itching after intercourse may seem like an annoyance at first, but it could actually indicate the presence of a harmful STD. Don’t take that risk with your well-being and instead get tested for STDs if you’ve experienced penis itching after sex. Call us at 844-394-8520, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about STDs or the STD testing process. Or, to get tested today, find a facility near you here. We’re ready to provide you with fast, confidential, and high quality testing services.

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