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  • Circinate Balanitis (Photo courtesy of CDC)

    Balanitis

    The inflammation of the head of the penis (the glans), caused by a bacterial infection. Read more →

  • A paraurethral abscess due to Gonorrhoea (Photo courtesy of CDC)

    Gonorrhoea

    A sexually transmitted infection (formerly known as 'the clap'), which is caused by a bacterium called neisseria gonorrheoae or gonococcus. Read more →

  • A microscopic view of prostate cancer cells (Photo courtesy of NCI - Online Otis Brawley)

    Cancer of the Prostate

    The prostate is a small gland in the pelvis that is found only in men. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, but the causes are largely unknown. Read more →

  • Prostatitis

    Prostatitis

    Prostatitis is caused by the inflammation of the prostate, often caused by a bacterial infection. Read more →

  • A microscopic image of the fungus candidia albicans, that can cause thrush

    Thrush

    A yeast infection caused by a fungus called Candida albicans which lives in and around the body. It can affect both men and women, causing itching, irritation, discharge, redness, soreness and swelling of the vagina, vulva and/or penis, but is not an STI. Read more →

  • Trichomoniasis

    A relatively common infection caused by a germ known as trichomonas vaginalis. It is usually spread through unprotected sexual intercourse. Read more →

    My vaginal entrance feels sore with any form of penetration, not even able to use tampons.. It gets worse if I have sex and the burning often worsens after urination (it feels less painful if I drink a lot of water and stay away from alcohol or other drinks), also the burning after urination lasts for about 20-30 minutes. I have had UTIs and taken antibiotics and now I test negative for any bacteria that causes UTIs, I have also taken treatment for thrush however I am sure it is not thrush due to the lack of itching. these symptoms have occurred for months now and also appear to worsen during my period, I am also only 18.





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    Can you have impetigo in your genital region? If so can it cause painful urination?





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    i recently had unprotected sex less than a week ago and today urination is painful and there is blood. Is it possible and more likely i have a STD or a UTI or bladder infection? i am going to go to the doctors on monday but i am worried, any ideas?





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    I am 20 years old girl. I have bed wetting problem bt its only rarely happens when I drink lots of water before going to bed and during night while wetting in my drerms I thought that I m in washroom. And from puberty i am not able to control urination in day time also if I get signals of urination then its horrible to control the urination. intercourse with my boyfriend continues 2days from the 2nd day starting only I m not able to control urine during day also so I take birth control pill. Now the day time I don't have this problem but now at every night after the intercourse my bed is wetting and I also during wetting going on I thought I m in washroom... please help me I am worried about this and I don't want to go out because of this.





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    For the past couple of years I have been experiencing pain on urination during my period and for up to a week afterwards. I have taken urine samples to my gp but they come back normal. Other symptoms include more frequent than normal urination and a burning pain but also a pain sort of in the area of my bladder. I am 34 years old with no children.





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    Am 40 years old, sometimes when I get an erection ,I develope an excruciating pain around my anus. This makes me very uncomfortable but fortunately it goes off after a few minutes. Am concerned because I don't know what causes it. Is it the prostate? I don't have any STI and experience no painful urination or ejaculation . Any one with an answer,pliz give me some help.Thanx WM





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    I feel totally lost and don't know what to do - I am almost 60 and have had a long history of problems starting with very painful periods from the age of 12 several D & C ops in my 20's difficult childbirth,ovarian cyst, Endometriosis, total hysterectomy and ovaries removed at 33 Further operations prolapse bladder, colon, vaginia - now severe diverticulitis which meant part of my colon was removed 3 years ago. Since then my life has been hell. I suffer from painful bowel movements every day - fissures that never heal! blood in my stools, blood clots, now painful urination and sex is history. It is too sore and painful. I live on a diet of lactulose, suppositries,, veg soup and fruit but it does not heal even with all the creams etc.What is wrong with my body? It is sore, painful and embarrassing and costing me a lot of money to get help only to be told it is polyps or another anal prolapse - Can you help or tell me who can help me?





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    hi to be honest I didnt think that there was anyone else with the same symptons as myself. I find it increasingly difficult maintaining a job, I too would welcome any advice from any quarter and good luck patricia and thank you as I now know that I am not the only person with this complaint.best wishes. .

    I have a few concerns that I don't know if I should worry about or not. Please help me. -Painful Intercourse. Me and my boyfriend can't have sex because it hurts me so bad. It burns very bad. And it's gotten worse. I am not too dry and neither of us have any STDs. -Bleeding during Intercourse. I bled really bad a few times very randomly. One time it was just him fingering me. Two times after that was during sex. Not to rough or anything. Wasn't related to my period. -Painful Urination. When I pee it hurts. But it's not the urinating itself that hurts towards the end of my pee there's a needle sharp pain that comes from my vagina. Not every time but most of the time. -Bumps in vaginal canal. I don't know if this is normal or not. I've read that it is but also that it could be a concern. Both my boyfriend and I have felt bumps in my vaginal canal. They are decent sized bumps and are higher up in the canal. (We just discovered this recently which is why I'm worried) -Vaginal Discharge. since I was younger I've always had discharge. Don't know if it's normal or not, assuming it is. But lately it's a lot more and it has a sort of yellow tint and a strong odor. -Pain in ovaries. I have been having bad pressure pains near my ovaries. Sometimes it's sharp pain. -Frequent Urination. I have been peeing a lot! Like 5-10 times a day and that is not normal for me! I'm not sure if all these symptoms are related but all I can think of is cancer cancer cancer. And id like to get this out of my head. Should I be worried?





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    I would see my GP as soon as possible. You seem to have a lot going on and are very worried about it. Even just to put your mind at rest you should see someone...And don't be palmed off. Be assertive tell them all of your symptoms and ask lots of questions. No one should have to endure all of the discomfort you describe, but if you don't have it investigated you will just continue to worry. Please see your GP soon and let them put your mind at rest. Thoughts are with you.

    Almost every time i have sex with my boyfriend i get really sore below my vaginal opening, it stings for a while afterwards and stings a lot during urination, i have been checked for sti's and i am clear, I am worried to do it more than once in a short period of time as it is too painful. Lube also doesn't seem to help much. Any Suggestions?





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    If you have not had sex much in the past then it might just be you becoming used to it and perhaps your hymen tearing a little. If you don't think it's this and as you said you have been tested for STI's I would consult your GP and query whether Vaginismus may be a possibility. I have had it in the past and found it explained a lot. If you google it, there is a very good website about it. Try not to worry too much, hope you get everything sorted and that this helped!

    Cysticis could be the problem. Try googling it.

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    Hi Im 51year old male. I have painful urination every time I go red tipped glans obviosly a result from stinging & it appears to be a type of blister at the opening.I have seen my dr but trimethapine (anti-biotic) has not helped Also urine is clear from infection & a bloodtest came back clear although I been asked to do another bloodtest as my glucose levels need checking again.Is there any cream I can try? to ease this pain.





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    I am 24 and have been having painful urination for about 7 years now. When this all began I saw my GP who did tests. This sharp, stabbing like pain when passing urine would happen monthly and each time a MSU was completed with mixed results. After about 3 years of suffering I was sent to a urologist, nil found so a preventative course of antibiotics was started. I took a small dose of antibiotics every day for 2 years. I didn't want to stay on antibiotics for the rest of my life. So when I changed cities and spoke with a new GP, I was encouraged to stop my antibiotics. Since then I haven't had as many periods of painful urination however more recently it has started up again. I use the cystitis sachets, warm baths and hot water bottles to relief symptoms along with pain relief. However I have found I experience painful urination within a day or so following intercourse, and intercourse itself can be extremely painful. I am yet to go speak with my GP. I have been with my partner for the past 7.5 years and have been finding the thought of intercourse frightening due to the the thought of suffering afterwards. I have read around and ensure I go to the toilet Pre-intercourse, washing, urinating afterward, etc. but nothing seems to work. I need help as I am worried our relationship may suffer due to the symptoms I experience now following intercourse. Does anyone have any advice??





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    Try Waterfall D Manose - also called Sweetcure. Just Google it to find the website - it is refined in Yorkshire. Sweetcure is a white pure powder - a natural sugar that picks up the bacteria in the bladder and soothes the burning too. I had cystitis constantly but it stopped within 3 days of taking a teaspoon of Sweetcure daily in warm water. I still take a teaspoon at bedtime to keep cystitis at bay. Like you I had been prescribed antibiotics - but they gave me thrush so i was in constant discomfort. Sweetcure saved me - I wish doctors would prescribe it.

    when i go to the toilet it seems fine to begin with, but at the end of urination (while i'm still urinating) it hurts. it's been going on for weeks and i've recently noticed blood at the end of urination when it hurts. i'm pretty worried, does anyone know what it might be? my doc. took a wee sample and said it was a uti but it's still causing me problems. Help!





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    You could have a narrowing somwhere along your pee tube (cant remember what its called). But i went to my doctors for AGES!!! they tested me for sti's, liver diease everything you could amagin so i left it and the pain and the blood wer still there soooo i went back and demanded somthing was done about it instead of testing me for the same things over and over again....they sent me for a cystoscapy(?) which i basically...they shove a telescope/camera up your pee hole and check for strictures/narrowings. I had one and the choped it open and heypresto!!!!!! Problem sorted!!!! =D

    hello ..! Please let me ask you, my vagina was red seeds float, so as painful urination, every day I soaked warm water and caustic drugs 2 times 1 day .. you have a way to make it disappear, I have 1 last week





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    You should see a gynecologist. They can treat the internal ones and the external ones,too. The treatment will be somewhat painful with burning after urination due to contact with the open wounds.Sex should be avoided now and after treatnent, also. Your doctor will advise you.

    i had cystitus for around 2 months as the antibiotics did not work. Finally they helped, but did not clear it completey. Now, 5 months on i sometimes still experience pain during urination and sex is incredibly painful. Anybody have any suggestions??





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    I have not been sexually active for months and was just recently checked for STDs and a UTI because i had painful urination... all testes showed there was no problem but the pain is still there!!! has anyone had a similar problem? I drink loads of water and juices and and all around healthy other then this...





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    My husband has been having a difficult time ejaculating, a hard time keeping an erection, difficulty keeping a steady urine flow. He has to struggle pushing to urinate and the flow will stop and go, with the same struggle each time to restart the flow of urine. He has a few of the the symptoms as far as frequent night urination. I've heard a lot about the problems a prostate can cause with urination. ..but does it also cause the issues I've mentioned sexually





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    I am 17 and have been with alot of men latley, most of the time they are older. But for the past few weeks now i have been experiencing this bad smell from my vaginia that is real strong and it makes me so uncomfortable and feel gross, i also have a discharge but it isnt an unusal color and i have no painful urination. But i do have occasional itching that bothers me. What s wrong and should i be worried?





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    yeah i have the same thing and i don't know whats wrong... i really need help to stop it... its really driving me crazy can you help ....

    I am 17 and have been with alot of men latley, most of the time they are older. But for the past few weeks now i have been experiencing this bad smell from my vaginia that is real strong and it makes me so uncomfortable and feel gross, i also have a discharge but it isnt an unusal color and i have no painful urination. But i do have occasional itching that bothers me. What s wrong and should i be worried?





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    My pee is normal colour.. light pale… apart from some of the mornings, 1st urine in the morning is bit dark coloured. AT work I go to loo very frequently, every hour, the amount of urination is normal, I don’t find any difficulty in urination. But I feel as if my blabbed gets filled quite quickly, I don’t feel any pain, but its just frustrating some times going for pee every now and then, during the day. I can sleep without going to toilet for 8 hrs at night but then 1st thing I do in the morning isgot to toilet as my bladder is so full. Is this normal! Can you please comment.





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    Debbie i think if you prolapse is classed as servere it is different, uterine prolapses from what i have read seem to be more problamatic than cystocele, do you remember how yours was graded??? Mine has been deemed as moderate cystocele. I think i will try get a second opinion from a women consultant, maybe more sympathetic, as over time prolapses tend to over increase in size! Can i ask how if the results from your surgery have been worthwhile going through with it? Thanks for the comment Mandy, i dont see why you cant use the cones, as they are are used to strengthen the muscles i think. My physio seemed to think this weekend that i may have an over active bladder, as she thought my frequent urination very bad for just prolapse. Does anyone else really suffer with frequent urination from their cystoceles???

    Hi I'm 20years old and never had sex,but I do masturbate! I don't know for sure, but I think I have some kind of infection.Thus I'm a maniac when it comes to hygiene I wash my hands, wash any toilet with soap and water before sitting on and I don't know how I got it. here are some of the symptoms that I have encountered: spotting between period, yellowish or thick white disccharge with an odd smell sometimes, sore, painful urination, and it itches so bad. Can you guys help me please, what is it and how can I treat it!!!





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    Hi You might have a Bacterial Vaginosis, you just described all the symptoms. You can get BV even if you are not sexually active, start with very good hygiene and go to see you obg because you will need antibiotics, usually metronidazol. Good luck!

    Thank you Maria, your story was very helpful to me as I continuously get bladder infections and I think I have one now. Painful weeing, urgency in urination as I have no warning signs that I have to wee until it is about to come out. I am drink plenty of water and cranberry juice but I'm not on antibiotics. With antibiotics I get vaginal thrush so I not only have discomfort with the wee issue but add thrush discomfort on top of it. I will be adding yogurt to my daily diet.

    Hi I'm 15 years old and for the past 1 and half years I have had pain and soreness in my vulva area. It is mostly around the vaginal entrance but there are also sore spots else where, including the area between my vagina and anus. Most of the time it is bearable and not noticeable without being touched, making any form of sex unbearable. Occasionally I have flare ups in which urination painful with a lot of itching. I have been to the doctors millions of times and to a gyno, but all just treat me for thrush. This is unbearable and just want it to go away :(





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    Hi Im 18 end when during urination my penis head is burning





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    When a new fissure occurs I have at least 2 days of continual and excessive urination-can you explain why?





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    My foreskin will not go back and I often leak and smell after urination. Is there any treatment other than circumcision?





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    It burns when I pee. Not throughout the whole urination, only At the end when I'm done peeing. But I haven't had sex in a while. What could have caused this? What can I do to make it stop??





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    Lindsey, I would need a little more info to be more helpful, but here goes: If the lesion was present BEFORE you became sexually active you can worry less about genital warts. If the bumps are small (tip of a pen), non-tender, and skin colored it could be a benign sweat duct growth. If they're bigger and showed up after you became sexually active the likely culprit is an STI. The painful urination is likely a urinary tract infection (can be common due to the female anatomy) and may not be related to the bumps. Bottom line, you have nothing to lose by seeing your doctor. Consider the HPV vaccination and/or a Pap smear (based on your age, doc's recommendations). Best of luck.

    My gynae polyps and painful periods hid another condition of Interstitial Cystitis. After laparoscopy and hysteroscopy I was told the constant excrutiating pain was in my head and to try relaxation etc and to stop 'obsessing'about my pain! After 3 years when the pain eventually manifested as burning on urination I got a bladder op which found the Insterstitial Cystitis. The suffering I have been through I dont want others to expeience the same. This cystitis is not treatable with antibiotics and shows negative for infection. While I was not treated properly it left me suicidal as it was relentless. The clue came when I couldn't pass urine.





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  • Psoriasis

    Episode 2

    Conditions being seen by the doctors in Episode 2 included Psoriasis, a very flaky scalp, a botched circumcision, painful Bunions, problem Moles and some very excessive sweating. Dr Dawn Harper also headed to Birmingham University Hockey Club to teach… Read more →

  • Hidradentitis Supparativa

    Episode 6

    Conditions being seen by the doctors in a jam packed Episode 6 included Hidradentitis Suppurativa, (a painful swelling under the arms), a particularly fungal toe nail, as well as a patient with some suspect spots on their penis. The docs were also deal… Read more →

  • Anal Operation

    Vaginas

    The EI team roll into Norwich to setup a clinic in one of the country's busiest shopping centres. This time the Docs are getting stuck into the Vagina, and there’s no room for coyness ladies! Read more →

  • Athletes Foot

    Episode 1

    The first set of cases through the EI doors included cases of Piles, Flatulence, Athlete's Foot, Skin Tags, Inverted Nipples and Vaginal Discharge. The boys of Moseley Rugby club were on hand to drop their towels for a lesson on testicular self examina… Read more →

  • Acne lazer treatment

    Episode 7 - Back to the Clinic

    This week the doctors are inviting some of their most serious cases back to the clinic to find out exactly how they've been getting on with their treatment, and to find out if they've conquered their embarrassment! Read more →

  • Acne Kelioidalis

    Episode 10 - Back to the Clinic 2

    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on cases of acne, incontinence and a scaly skin problem that had left some specialists baffled... Read more →

  • Ball Check-Up

    Episode 11 - Back to the Clinic 3

    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on everything from unwanted hair, to agonizing prolapses and some very painful privates. Read more →

  • Peridinal Sinus

    Episode 4 - Feet

    This week's episode includes a podiatry roadshow, a mouthful of manky molars and a painful case of cystic acne. Read more →

  • Medi+Vend machine

    Teens Below the Belt

    Episode 4 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies tackles conditions including a swollen bladder, toilet phobia and chlamydia. Read more →

  • Man boobs

    Breasts

    In this second of four specials, the Embarrassing Illnesses doctors will be concerning themselves with breasts and all matters mammary. Read more →

  • Acne

    Men

    The EI Docs go in search of the most elusive creature in the doctor's waiting room - the 'MAN'. Featuring a case of prostate cancer, man boobs, male hairloss and several problem penises. Read more →

  • Skin

    Am I Normal?

    Episode 2 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies looks at conditions including excessive sweating, extreme eczema and damaged hearing. Read more →

  • Alopecia

    Episode 8 - Oral

    This week's episode includes a man whose armpits are making his life hell, a couple with severe sexual discomfort and a case of very painful privates. Read more →

  • Teeth grinding

    Episode 3 - Rural

    This week's episode includes a woman leaving pieces of skin everywhere, and cases featuring lumpy eyes, boils on the groin and some truly terrifying teeth. Read more →

  • Beach

    Boys, Boys, Boys

    Episode 3 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies takes a closer look at binge drinking, diabetes and chronic acne. Read more →

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