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Penile Vein

Having a veiny penis is normal. This is influenced by many factors, such as the thickness of the skin and the size of the veins. Several factors cause a veiny penis, including erection, varicocele, blood clots, and certain surgeries. Surgery can be done to treat enlarged veins.

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There is a swollen hard thick cord along the shaft of my penis. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been masturbating on a daily basis for a long time. For the past two years, I have noticed a swollen hard thick cord along the shaft of my penis. It is more obvious when flaccid. It is nonpainful at all and it is pulsating and changes sizes. Help me, please.  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhav Vishal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Masturbation does not cause any such thickened cord, usually, these cord-like structures are dilated veins. It does not require treatment except in very rare cases when it is painful. Still, I would recommend you to visit a urologist once for physical examination as a con...  Read Full »

I have visible veins on my penis without an erection. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I have more visible veins on my penis without an erection. The veins are bulged and curved, and I do not have an erection. Is it normal?Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Madhav Tiwari

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Veins are naturally present on all men’s penises. In some, they are less visible; in some, they are more prominent. This is just a natural variation and is nothing you should worry about. With regards to your poor...  Read Full »

Is Heparin cream advisable for visible and painful penis veins?

Query: Hello doctor, In my penis, veins are visible and it is painful. Last month I consulted urologist, and he gave me Evion 400 tablet for 20 days. I masturbate daily. What I have to do now? Shall I keep Heparin cream on penis vein? Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Saurabh Subhash Pandya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are always large veins on the upper aspect of the penis, and they transport blood back towards the heart. Since the penis is an erectile organ, the veins have to be large and zigzag (tortuous), so they can elongate when the penis becomes erect. Sometimes the pa...  Read Full »

A vein on my penis which is painful during masturbation. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a cord-like hard vein on my penis beginning from the base of the penis from the central portion and ending just below the head of the penis on the left side. It becomes more prominent on erection and is painful during masturbation. It is palpable even when I do not have an erect...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashutosh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. It is a dorsal penile vein. It might be because of the calcifications. I hope this has helped you. Thank you.  Read Full »

Kindly suggest treatment for engorged dorsal veins.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old physically active male and I have been worried about the size of my superficial dorsal vein of the penis. It has slowly increased in thickness over the past few years. It looks extremely engorged in both erect and flaccid state. I am not experiencing any pain or ere...  Read Full »

Dr. Saurabh Subhash Pandya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The dorsal veins of the penis (superficial and deep) drain most of the penile blood back towards the heart. They have to be tortuous so that when the penis becomes erect, they do not stretch too much. The superficial vein is prominent because it is just below the skin. I ...  Read Full »

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