Genital Problems in Men

Follow this chart for more information about genital problems in men.

Our trusted Symptom Checker is written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals. Find a possible diagnosis by choosing a symptom and answering a few simple questions.

Remember, be sure to consult with your doctor if you feel you have a serious medical problem.

Step 2

Answering Questions

  • Do you have any swelling or tenderness in your scrotum?

  • Do you have a yellowish or greenish discharge from the tip of your penis?

  • Do you have a burning sensation or pain with urination?

  • Do you have a painful, itchy rash or small red bumps, blisters or sores on your penis?

  • Do you have a painless sore on the shaft or head of your penis?

  • Is the entire tip of your penis tender or swollen?

  • Do you have blood in your urine or semen, or pain with ejaculation?

  • Do you have pain with sexual intercourse?

  • Is your scrotum very tender although no injury has occured to the testicle?

  • Do you have mild tenderness around one testicle?

  • Is there a hard, painless knot on one testicle?

  • Is there a soft swelling in your scrotum on 1 or both sides?

  • Is there a soft swelling above your testicle that gets worse with activity, lifting or coughing?

Step 3

Possible Causes

  • Diagnosis

    Your may have a SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTION or URETHRITIS, an inflammation of the urethra.


    Self Care

    See your doctor right away.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have a BLADDER INFECTION or URETHRITIS, an inflammation of the urethra.


    Self Care

    See your doctor right away.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have a YEAST INFECTIONHERPES or another type of infection. Sores on the penis may also be a symptom of CANCER.


    Self Care

    See your doctor right away.


  • Diagnosis

    This may be a symptom of GENITAL WARTS, SYPHILIS, or a form of CANCER.


    Self Care

    See your doctor right away.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have BALANITIS, an infection of the head of the penis.


    Self Care

    See your doctor. Depending on the cause of your infection, your doctor may prescribe an antifungal cream or antibiotic ointment. In some cases, antibiotic pills may be needed. Keep the area clean and dry, and avoid skin lotions, which may make the condition worse.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have PROSTATITIS, an infection of the prostate gland or an infection of the seminal vesicle.


    Self Care

    See your doctor.


  • Diagnosis

    A number of problems can cause painful intercourse. Possible causes may include ALLERGY to a contraceptive, ANXIETY, PROSTATITIS, INFECTION or DRYNESS in the partner.


    Self Care

    Talk to your doctor about any pain you experience during sex.


  • Diagnosis

    Your may have a severe form of infection, such as EPIDIDYMITIS, or TESTICULAR TORSION, a condition in which the blood supply to the testicle is cut off.


    Self Care

    EMERGENCY
    See your doctor or go to the emergency room right away.


  • Diagnosis

    Your symptoms may be from a less severe form of EPIDIDYMITIS.


    Self Care

    See your doctor.


  • Diagnosis

    A painless knot could be a symptom of SPERMATOCELE, a noncancerous cyst, but it could also be TESTICULAR CANCER.


    Self Care

    See your doctor. Talk to your doctor about testicular self-examinations, which may improve your chances of finding a tumor while it's still treatable.


  • Diagnosis

    Swelling along with visible, enlarged veins, usually on the left side, are symptoms of VARICOCELE. Painless swelling of 1 or both testicles may also be a sign of HYDROCELE. Your swelling may also be caused by a small cyst.


    Self Care

    See your doctor to rule out other more serious conditions. While varicocele or hydrocele are not life-threatening, surgery may be required to correct them.


  • Diagnosis

    This could be an INGUINAL HERNIA, a loop of the bowel that protrudes into the scrotum.


    Self Care

    See your doctor. If the hernia is small, your doctor may suggest that you watch it closely for signs of growth. If the hernia is large and painful, you may need surgery.


  • Self Care

    For more information, please talk to your doctor. If you think the problem is serious, call your doctor right away.