After doing the wild thing, a man should be elated and feeling good. Why, then, is his sausage throbbing and not feeling so good? There’s a lot of reasons a man could have a post-coital sore penis. How can that be? Little things can add up and accidents can happen along the way to pleasure town. Here are five of some of the most common reasons a penis is sore after sex.

Forget Something?

One big reason men find themselves sore after sex is because they forgot the lubricant. The friction of sex can really irritate a man’s private parts, especially his skin. If his partner isn’t making sufficient lubrication, all that rubbing can wear away the upper layer of skin and expose the nerves and other sensitive parts of the layer of skin underneath.

Solution: Buy and use a well-respected, good-quality lube. Do a skin test to ensure you’re not allergic. Use the lube the second things go a bit dry. Pull it out before sex to stay in the moment and just smoothly slide it on.

Stop Trying to Make the Guinness Book of World Records

Okay, okay, everyone wants bragging rights as it relates to their prowess. Having sex seven time in one night or “going too hard in the paint” can wear out the penis-it’s a muscle after all! Not only is it hard on the muscle, it’s also hard on the skin and all the connective tissue. No wonder your penis is sore after sex!

Solution: Take a few days off. Use some cool washcloths to relieve the throbbing. Take some ibuprofen and give the little fella some air. Do not engage in any sexual activity, partnered or solo, until a bit after the soreness fades.

Stuck in the Waiting Room

Delayed ejaculation (DE) is when it takes 30 minute or more to ejaculate. It can cause swelling, soreness, and tenderness and can last hours after sex until the blood fully drains from the penis. Some guys are just born with it. It can also occur as a result of anxiety or stress, medications like antidepressants, prostate or urinary infections, hormone imbalances, and pelvic or spinal nerve damage.

Solution: See a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

Penis Poison Ivy?

It is all too common for a man to be allergic to something, and many times it’s a latex condom. Over 20 percent of people are allergic to latex condoms. If rubbers aren’t to blame, it could be anything from a new laundry detergent to lube to your partner’s body lotion.

Solution: Wash it and wait it out. Rashes may fade more quickly with over the counter (OTC) allergy medications like Benadryl.

It’s a Traumatic Situation

Penis trauma, that is. Particularly, acrobatic sex, too much sex, or sex that is exceptionally hard can all cause penis traumas that cause a penis to be sore after sex. Regular, easy, or just one session can also cause penis trauma if the penis goes in the wrong way or a partner accidentally pulls it too hard during manual or oral enticement. Some sexual positions that have a proclivity for causing a penis injury include pretty much any standing or lifting position and cowgirl or reverse cowgirl, all of which are among the most common, but these definitely are not the exclusive positions that can cause an injury.

Solution: Carefully approach each position and be sure to communicate. If the penis is sore after sex and doesn’t retreat, it may be time to see a doctor. If you notice a large bruise on the penis where blood is pooling, it could be a hematoma. Immediately head to the ER.

Sex can be rough on the man member. That’s why applying a specially formulated penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin) is an important part of every man’s day. This kind of crème will rejuvenate and heal the penis. Crèmes with special ingredients like L-carnitine protect against peripheral nerve damage and can help a man retain his sensitivity and prevent future soreness.