For anyone, having an orgasm is one of the biggest pleasures our bodies can experience. The experience is both physical, spiritual, and emotional. However, some men may experience a burning sensation after ejaculation that dulls the feeling of pleasure. Not only can the sensation burn, it can also cause penis pain after ejaculation. This can reduce the self-esteem and life quality for many men and may even stop them from wanting to have sex altogether.

The number of men that experience burning sensation after ejaculation is higher in middle aged men over 50 years of age. If you have asked yourself, “Why do I have a burning sensation when I cum,” the following article may help you understand it a little better.

What Causes Burning Sensation After Ejaculation?

Ejaculation is a contraction of muscles in the penis that help it release the semen and squeeze it from the testicles. The muscle contractions move it through the urethra and out of the body. If you suffer from an inflammatory or infectious condition, you may experience a burning sensation after ejaculation.

Common explanation

Burning after ejaculate comes out of the urethra can also be felt as pain, pain in the testicles, or even an achiness in the lower pelvis. It can happen when you first pee after ejaculation, and can be worsened if you have multiple orgasms during sex. This is usually because of urethral irritation. Often, the burning sensation leaves you with a feeling of needing to use the bathroom urgently.

It is important to understand that if it does burn when you urinate more than once, you may need to be checked by your doctor for prostate conditions or a urinary tract infection.

Causes of burning sensation after ejaculation

There are a few different things that can cause penis pain after ejaculation. These include:

  • Urethritis – Infections can cause the urethra to become inflamed. This is usually caused by sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia, gonorrhea, or the herpes virus.

  • Orchitis – This is when the testicles become inflamed due to infection. This needs to be treated with antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and rest.

  • Prostatitis – This is inflammation of the prostate gland due to a few different causes including infection, chronic inflammation of the prostate due to prostate disease, and asymptomatic or silent prostatitis. Bacterial infections of the prostate can be treated with antibiotics, but other causes need further evaluation and medications to attempt to shrink the prostate gland. In severe cases, prostate surgery may be needed.

  • Prostate cancer - Prostate cancer can cause painful intercourse and urination. It can also cause dribbling of urine and blood in the urine. Some men even experience pain in their back and lower pelvic region. This can be treated with prostate surgery, radiation, and hormones.

  • Medications – If you take antidepressant medications, you may be at risk for a burning sensation after ejaculation. The medications that most often cause this side-effect include MAOI’s, tricyclic antidepressants, and SSRI’s. There is no known way to avoid this side-effect, but doctors may choose to keep you on a lower dosage if it is still effective for your depression or anxiety.

  • Injury – If you have had an injury to the penis or near the penis you may notice penis pain after ejaculation. This usually happens with the trauma of being hit in the genitals, sports injuries, or the penis being bent too far to the side.

  • Allergic Reaction – Burning sensation after ejaculation can be caused by an allergic reaction to different things used near the penis. These include allergy to latex, topical contraceptive medications, or spermicidal jelly. If this happens, discontinue use and talk to your partner about other methods of birth control.

For any cause, penis pain after urination or ejaculation needs to be discussed with your doctor. If the cause is infectious it is important to get treatment as early as possible to avoid complications. Men do not often know they have infections and untreated can cause kidney infections, infertility, and severe inflammation. Prostate cancer is highly treatable in the early stages of the disease.

What Others Have Experienced and Tried

“I found out this is a very common thing and that helped to relieve my stress about it. The doctor said I may have a little inflammation in my prostate due to my age and orgasm causes the prostate and urethra to spasm a little. When I ejaculate, I can feel the burning and then some pain and then it goes away. It makes me feel like I need to pee and when I do it burns. My prostate antigen test was a bit elevated, but doc said its nothing to worry about. I do find that if I am stressed out it makes the pain worse, so I just try to relax after sexual intercourse. I also wait to use the restroom until things have calmed down and this helps me avoid the burning when I pee.”

“I always go to the restroom and empty my bladder prior to sexual activity. I always try to avoid drinking water right before sex and just after sex, especially if the water is cold. My doctor told me that cold water can cause inflammation in the prostate and cause pain. I was advised to avoid any beverages or urination until my erection is completely gone down. Actually, once I got the nerve up to talk to my friends about the issue, they already knew this. I guess a lot of men suffer from this problem and have found this advice very helpful. They also told me cold water can shrink an erection and your penis won’t be as large. I definitely don’t want that to happen!”


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