Read below about pain between the genitals and the anus, including causes and common questions. Or get a personalized analysis of your pain between the genitals and the anus from our A.I. health assistant. At Buoy, we build tools that help you know what’s wrong right now and how to get the right care.

This symptom can also be referred to as:
Perineum pain
Saddle pain

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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Pain Between the Genitals and the Anus

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced pain between the genitals and the anus. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Anal Fissure

    Anal fissures are splits or tears in the part of the anus closest outside of the body. They're very common and typically affect the young and middle-aged and both genders, equally. 11% of people will have an anal fissure in their lifetime.

    Conservative treatment leads to 50% healing rate. More aggressive treatments are needed for those with chronic anal fissures.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rectal pain, pain when passing stools, painful rectal bleeding, hard stools, mild rectal bleeding
    Symptoms that never occur with anal fissure:
    unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Chronic Prostatitis

    Prostatitis is swelling and irritation of the prostate gland. The prostate gland sits under the bladder, near the rectum, and produces the fluid that carries sperm.

    1/3 of men say symptoms go away by themselves after 1 year. With treatment, course is dependent on underlying cause.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    urinary changes, painful urination, testicle pain, frequent urination, penis pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Acute Prostatitis

    Acute prostatitis is quickly developing swelling and irritation of the prostate gland. The prostate gland sits under the bladder, near the rectum (end of the large intestine), and it makes the fluid that carries sperm.

    2 week treatment, may be 4-6 weeks depending on severity of infection.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    penis pain, fever, urinary changes, painful urination, chills
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  4. 4.Piriformis Syndrome

    Piriformis syndrome is a condition when a muscle spanning the lower spine to the top of the thighbone presses upon the sciatic nerve, causing pain and numbness.

    1-2 months

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pelvis pain, butt pain, pain when passing stools, leg numbness, hip pain
    Symptoms that never occur with piriformis syndrome:
    involuntary defecation, leaking urine
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Spinal Stenosis

    The spine, or backbone, protects the spinal cord and allows people to stand and bend. Spinal stenosis causes narrowing in the spine. The narrowing puts pressure on nerves and the spinal cord and can cause pain.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, back pain that shoots to the butt, difficulty walking, thigh pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain Between the Genitals and the Anus

  • Q.Do your symptoms worsen when sitting?
  • Q.Have you had any changes in your weight?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Are you sexually active?

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Pain Between the Genitals and the Anus Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain between the genitals and the anus have also experienced:

    • 5% Vaginal Itch or Burning
    • 4% Rectal Pain
    • 4% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
  • People who have experienced pain between the genitals and the anus had symptoms persist for:

    • 31% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 22% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced pain between the genitals and the anus were most often matched with:

    • 60% Acute Prostatitis
    • 30% Chronic Prostatitis
    • 10% Anal Fissure
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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