While you may think that penis discharge you have is the result of a sexually transmitted disease, it may actually be something less innocuous than an STD. However, even if it is, most STDs can be treated, which can lessen the chances of further health problems (infertility, for one).
the male discharge may also be the result of something
non-STD-related, but how do you know? How can you know if it’s
normal male discharge or if it’s truly an infection?
is the fluid that comes from the penis when aroused. People generally
call this “precum.” This pre-cum is made by the Cowper’s
glands, which comes from the penis, much like the urine and semen. In
the majority of cases, it’s just a minute amount of drops of
pre-ejaculate, and it’s barely noticeable.
study found that pre-ejaculate contains very low levels of sperm in
UTI is when harmful bacteria have infected the urinary tract, which
is made up of bladder, kidneys, prostate, ureters and urethra. UTIs
are very rare in men 50 or younger with the risk increasing the older
a man gets.
who have a UTI may be unable to fully empty bladder and find it
painful to urinate. They may have incontinence or feel the need to
constantly urinate. The discharge may be either frothy, white and may
even contain blood.
urinary tract infection is a bacterial infection where antibiotics
are needed to clear up the infection. A prescription is necessary to
kill off the infection – no self-medicating.
is a condition in which the penis’ head because inflammation – up
to 11 percent of men will have this condition. Chemicals on the penis
foreskin and head can lead to balanitis. This condition can cause
itching and swelling of the head with discharge under the head or
infections, which can occur in diabetics, can cause balanitis. An
antifungal infection may be necessary with balanitis if the cause is
the result of a fungus. It’s not uncommon for penile discharge to
occur if men don’t care for themselves properly down there.
walnut-shaped gland called the prostate is what produces prostate
fluid to lubricate the semen. Men who have this condition will
experience prostate pain, urination difficulty and penis discharge.
condition, which can be acute or chronic, occurs when the prostate is
inflamed and irritated usually the result of bacterial infections.
Chronic prostatitis is when the immune system has a problem or there
has been damage to the nerves of the prostate. Proper treatment is
dependent on what kind of prostatitis a man has, which can range from
sitz baths to surgery.
consists of water, dead skin cells and skin oil sebum, and is
typically yellow or white. The smegma is lubrication for the penis
head, helping to keep friction down, so no pain occurs. However, it
also contains bacteria – most of the time healthy, but too much of
it can lead to infections such as a UTI.
any man can suffer from it, uncircumcised men are more prone to it
due to the foreskin trapping it under the penis head.
you see, penile discharge isn’t always the result of an STD, but if
you are concerned about your discharge, it’s important you speak to
a doctor. Your doctor will ask about your symptoms, including whether
or not you have the following:
If so, they will conduct an STD test to rule out the possibility of a sexually transmitted infection.
Here’s what we've been up to recently.
As a Hepatitis educator and counselor, I converse with thousands of Hepatitis B and C victims. Their number one complaint, other than having these horrible diseases, is having terrible doctors! I have formed the opinion that many of today's General Practitioners are quite bewildered at the prospect of treating their patients who suffer from Hepatitis.
I've done my fair share of reading and research on the topic of HIV/AIDS. Mostly to educate myself of on the subject and to be able to understand the dynamics of the disease as a whole. Recently, I've noticed a trend developing among the newest infections. In the past it was thought to be a disease that afflicted mostly Homosexual men and IV Drug users. Over the past decade or so, there have been an increasing number of women diagnosed with HIV. In my findings a disproportionate number of women, especially women of color have been infected. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 62% of the women in this country living with AIDS are African American.