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Urinary and Genital Disorders (Children)

Pain (spasms?) in penis area



Help! My son complains about intermittent and sudden pain in the penis area. This has been happening for about two years. He is almost 6 years old. We`ve talked to two pediatricians and one urologist who don`t think there is anything wrong with him and won`t order further tests. What can the problem be?


Sudden pain in the genitals may be due to pelvic muscle spasms. Rarely is the cause of the pain in the penis or genitals themselves. Similarly, girls can have sudden pain in the vaginal area. Sometimes bladder spasms or rectal spasms can cause discomfort in the genitals. A stool softner or medications to prevent bladder spasms can help. Occasionally, ultrasounds of the bladder area may be useful to make sure everything is normal inside.

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Rama   Jayanthi, MD Rama Jayanthi, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Urology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University