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Penile discomfort during sex |
Painful ejaculation |
 Pain at the tip of your penis, comes and goes | Pain after ejaculation | Numb throbbing sensation at the tip of your penis | When you walk your penis gets sore from rubbing against your underwear | You find it uncomfortable or painful to sit.
If you have ANY of these symptoms, you may have Pelvic Pain Syndrome.

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The Basics - The pelvic floor muscles have a variety of functions including: controlling your urinary stream, and ejaculation during orgasms.  The pelvic floor should be in a relaxed state.  However, for a variety of reasons, some people tend to habitually contract their pelvic floor muscles.  This leads to strains in theses muscles and thus creates tension in the pelvis.  This contraction and tension cycle leads to extreme discomfort and painful symptoms.  One of them is Penile Pain.  The Pelvis has a network of nerves running through it, and a tensed pelvic floor can shoot pain in any direction: penis, anus, abdomen etc.

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A great deal of people are suffering from what's called pelvic pain syndrome, and unfortunately the average doctor (Urologist) has no idea it exists.  I know because I suffered from this problem greatly, and I went to about 5 Urologist, they had no clue how to help me.  My particular problem stemmed from doing Kegel exercises.  However, many factor can lead the development of Pelvic Pain Syndrome.  An eight month journey that included going to 20 doctors, cat scans, MRI, anti biotics, etc ended when I found Dr. WiseDr. Wise was a suffer of Pelvic Pain himself.  After 20 years of suffering and research, he finally found the cause of the pain and the solution to fix it.  Its called the Stanford protocol.  It was developed in Stanford University with Dr. Anderson, a Urologist at Stanford.  Dr. Wise has literally saved my life.  If you are suffering from Chronic Penile Pain, you may have found the right website.

Penile Pain in Layman's Terms
Step by Step Explanation:

Pelvic Floor -
In every day life, your pelvic muscles contract and release with every thought.  These muscles are extremely connected with your brains thoughts and emotions.  As your brain processes thoughts, your pelvic muscles either relaxes or contracts.  Even in your sleep.

Tip Of The Penis Pain -
When your Lavator Ani muscle (a muscle that is in your pelvic floor next to the prostate) is in a constant state of tension, it irritates your prostate.  Your prostate is close to a large bundle of nerves.  One of the nerves is called the Pudendal nerve.  This nerve runs from your anus to the tip of your penis.  When there is constant contraction and tension by your Pudendal nerve, it sends direct pain signals to your penis tip.  This is what causes Penile Pain at the tip of the penis.  It can also lead to you having pain around your rear end, making it very hard to sit.

Kegels - When I was doing the Kegel exercises, I over worked my Levator Ani muscle, thus  causing my pelvic floor to be in a constant state of contraction.  This tense and tender Lavator Ani muscle irritated my pudendal nerve and thus caused referred pain to the tip of my penis.

The fix - THE STANFORD PROTOCOL - The way to get rid of penile pain is to: have the Lavator Ani muscle massaged, and re-teach your pelvic floor muscles to relax.  This is done through several treatment options by physical therapists.  In conjunction, and most important, paradoxical relaxation techniques taught by Dr. Wise.  To find out more about the Stanford Protocol, the pelvic pain clinic, or speak to Dr. Wise, visit

Message From a Patients Perspective - As a patient myself, who has successfully recovered, you must be aware of a very important fact.  This protocol is not a quick fix.  You must work rigorously for hours, days, months and even years.  You must follow every step.  There are no short cuts.  I was in a world of pain, I couldn't walk, sit or sleep for months.  After doing the protocol or 3 months, I felt brand new.  No pain.  I went from 8 months of extreme penile discomfort to being able to have sex for hours.  Once you undo your contracting and  tension cycle, you should go back to feeling 100% normal.  Its hard to believe, but believe.  Dr. Wise has a great saying.  "When your healthy, its hard to imagine being sick.  When you sick, its hard to imagine being healthy".  Stay strong and work hard.  You will make it.  When you do, email me with the form below.  I want to hear success stories!

Message from Dr. Wise
Common Symptoms found in men with penile pain are not infections but are caused by chronically tightened muscles in and around the pelvis. Our natural protective instincts can tighten the pelvic basin, causing pain and other perplexing and distressing symptoms. Stress is intimately involved in creating and continuing of these symptoms. Once the condition starts, the symptoms tend to have a life of their own.  And the good news is that it is possible for a large majority of sufferers to reduce and sometimes eliminate these symptoms after being trained in the Stanford Protocol. 

Pain in the penis is a common symptom of prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Often men have discomfort sometimes during ejaculation and often hours or the next day after ejaculation.

In our work treating men with prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome at Stanford, we have discovered that pain in the penis is often cause by a trigger point often 5-10 inches away from the penis, usually found in the anterior portion of the levator ani muscle. In another instance of referred pain, pain in the testicle, commonly found in men with penile pain, is often referred by trigger points found in the quadratus lumborum, some 10-15 inches away.

If your interested in learning more, you can buy his book.  This is literally the bible of Pelvic Pain

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