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Why Do My Boners Hurt Sometimes: Understanding The Causes

Gina Walters


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A painful erection, known as Priapism, is an abnormal condition where the penis remains erect for an extended period and causes discomfort.

It can occur spontaneously or as a result of certain medications or medical conditions.

Additionally, individuals may experience sensations like itching, burning, or throbbing in the penile region.

Such painful erections generally go away on their own. But you may wonder, ‘Why do my boners hurt sometimes?’ or ‘Why do my boners hurt to touch?’

The intensity of the pain varies based on the underlying condition that is causing it.

This article focuses on the causes of painful erections in detail.

What is a painful erection

A painful erection is when a man experiences discomfort or sharp pain in the penis during an erection

This can range from mild discomfort to severe pain and may interfere with sexual activity and overall well-being.

Priapism is the medical name for a painful erection. It’s a painful erection that might persist for several hours.

Generally, an erection must continue for 4 hours or longer to be diagnosed with Priapism. 

A painful erection does not go away when you feel pain. 

If your erection disappears when you experience pain, it may not be a cause for concern.

Causes of painful erection

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Misuse of pills and medications can lead to painful erections

Aside from Priapism, there could be several additional reasons for pain during an erection.

It is believed only ED pills can cause a painful erection. However, this is not the case.

Frequently, individuals wonder about the reasons behind occasional discomfort during erections, asking questions like, ‘Why does it hurt when I get erect?’

Issues like Peyronie’s disease, penile fracture, sickle cell damage, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, misuse of ED pills, and physical or mental trauma can cause painful erections.

Let’s discuss these issues in detail:

Peyronie’s disease

Peyronie’s disease is a condition in which scar tissue forms a plaque on the top or bottom of the penis.

This disease involves slight curving of the penis due to the build-up of scar tissue. 

This can lead to a sudden contraction of the penile membrane.

Painful erections are a common cause of Peyronie’s disease.

Erectile Dysfunction is also commonly caused by Peyronie’s disease.

Penile fracture

A penile fracture occurs when the erect penis bends, usually due to force, causing a portion to tear. 

However there are no bones in the penis; so it is not technically a fracture. 

According to some studies, penile fractures are most likely to occur during sex.

Someone with a penile fracture should get medical attention immediately. 

They may also require surgery to drain any blood accumulation and repair any damage to the penis.

Sickle cell damage

Priapism, or painful erections, affects approximately 35% of patients with sickle cell damage.

Sickle cell disease is a hereditary illness that affects red blood cells.

This disease affects African American men of all ages more frequently.

Sexually Transmitted Disease

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Pain in the penis may occur as a result of a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD). 

This refers to infections people might get due to sexual activity or close physical contact.

An STD can cause penile discomfort. The following STDs induce pain:

  • Syphilis 
  • Chlamydia 
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Genital herpes

It is possible for an individual to be infected with a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) without exhibiting any noticeable symptoms.

Treatment for STDs vary according to the underlying cause. 

Misuse of ED pills

Misuse of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) medications is a prevalent cause of painful erections. 

An overdose of ED medications such as Viagra or Cialis can cause painful erections.

These medications enhance blood flow to the penis, allowing you to achieve and maintain erections.

Excessive dosing or recreational use of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) medication can result in Priapism or a painful erection. 

This develops when blood becomes caught in the penis and does not drain adequately.

This can be a concern if the erection does not go away after a while.

Avoid combining ED pills with recreational drugs like cocaine, morphine, and marijuana, as they pose serious health risks.

Physical or mental trauma

Physical trauma to the penis can lead to pain through various mechanisms.

It can cause pain due to the disruption or damage to penile tissues, nerves, or blood vessels.

Direct impact or injury can cause tissue damage, resulting in inflammation and nerve irritation.

Swelling, bruising, or hematoma formation may also contribute to penile discomfort and soreness.

Psychological factors associated with PTSD, such as Depression, Anxiety, or tension, may indirectly contribute to sexual discomfort or difficulties, including pain during sexual activity.

However, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) does not typically cause direct physical pain in the penis. 

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Summing up

Experiencing occasional discomfort during erections raises questions such as “Why do my boners hurt sometimes?”

Painful erections are usually not serious and typically go away on their own.

Priapism is the medical name for painful erections. Physical injuries and drug abuse are two possible reasons for such painful erections.

Painful erections can also be caused by underlying health issues such as Peyronie’s and sickle cell disease.

It is important to consult with a healthcare professional for a proper evaluation.

They can also provide guidance to address the underlying causes and find appropriate solutions for relief and improved sexual well-being.

Frequently Asked Question

Are boners supposed to hurt?

No, boners (erections) are not supposed to cause pain. Suppose you experience discomfort or pain during an erection. In that case, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional to identify and address the underlying cause.

Why does it hurt when guys have boners?

The sensation of pain during erections in males can occur due to various factors such as Priapism, Peyronie’s disease, or Inflammation. Understanding the underlying causes is crucial in determining appropriate treatment options for relieving discomfort.

Can you get so erect that it hurts?

While an erection can become extremely firm and uncomfortable, it is rare to cause significant pain. If you experience severe pain during an erection, it is best to get the advice and evaluation of a healthcare professional.

How long does a painful erection last?

A painful erection, known as Priapism, can endure for 4 hours or longer. It is a medical emergency that may result in lifelong penile injury. In such circumstances, seek medical attention right away.

Is it healthy to get lots of random boners?

Painful erections are more frequent in teenagers and young adults, although it is not a cause for concern at any age. Having erections at odd times of the day is also not a reason for concern and might be a sign of healthy sexual functioning.

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