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When it comes to a small ring like bumps on your glans penis, hundreds of questions might be running in your mind. What the hell are they? OMG is it sexually transmitted disease ? Do I have Genital warts or HIV ? Was that due to sexual encounter i had last time ? What will my sexual partner thinks, when she sees this ? These questions might be ringing in your mind. You might be stressed and concerned about it and not able to enjoy your sexual freedom.

Well, you are not the only one. These type of bumps are seen very commonly in almost 8%-43% males. These bumps are called pearly penile papules. They are often mistaken for sexually transmitted disease. Most of the female may be concerned about their sexual partner having a sexually transmitted disease. Many males might hesitate to see a doctor or even having a affair with girls. So in this article we’ll be discussing about this disease. Before we give its details, we would like to address that pearly penile papules are harmless, non-infectious and in no way related to personal hygiene or sexual activity.

What are Pearly Penile Papules ?

Pearly penile papules are small tiny dome-shaped or thread-like skin-colored bumps that are located on the sulcus or corana of the glans penis. These papules are arranged in one or several rows around the base of the head of the penis. Though, they can occur in every men, they are more common in men with uncircumcised penis. They commonly occur in men in their early twenties or thirties, thought can occur as young as 13-14 years. Sometimes, these lesions may extend to glans penis. They are usually asymptomatic and may persist throughout the life. They may be less visible with the increase of age.

Pearly Penile Papules causes:
Pearly penile papules are normal anatomic variant. They are not due to lack of hygiene or sexual activity. They are harmless and possess no risk of any disease. They are not infectious or contagious. Few research have associated pearly penile papules in men with female sexual partner having cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (human papilloma virus). But no data supports the role of human papilloma virus in pearly penile papules.

How is the lesion Diagnosed ?
These lesions can be diagnosed just by their clinical appearance and usually no specific tests are required. But if there is some confusion, your doctor may perform a biopsy of the lesion for histopathologic findings and confirm the case.

Pearly Penile Papules Pictures:
Here are few Pearly Penile Papules Pictures, so you can check it out yourself.
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Pearly Penile Papules treatment:
These lesion are harmless and requires no treatment. But many of the people might find it discomfort or experience embarrassment due to the lesion. In that case laser therapy, electrodesiccation with curettage or excisional surgery may be done. Previously topical podophyllin were also used but with no success. So the definitive and promising results may be obtained from CO2 laser ablation.

So if you are feeling shy to talk about this condition, there is nothing to be ashamed of. These are just normal anatomic variant and are harmless. No treatment is required. So, don’t be stressed , just enjoy your sexual freedom.


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    June 9, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Pearly penis papules is completely benign, they are not open and they do not pop. There is no itchiness or physical irritation. Some men report a sensation they find unpleasant, or increasing sensitivity during sexual intercourse. The condition is biologically harmless and cannot be spread through sexual contact. The penile bumps or lesions most commonly develop on men in their twenties and thirties and decrease in frequency as men progress in age. Mostly uncircumcised men tend to develop pearly penile papules at a higher rate than those who are circumcised.

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    June 11, 2011 at 9:33 pm

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  5. Ryan.d
    February 26, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    thanks so much for this I was worried if I had genital warts or something now I know there harmless I feel so much better!

  6. ramubaba
    February 28, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    is there no successful medicinal treatment at all for this, other than just the laser removal option ?

  7. dev
    August 16, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Thanx Doc for ur healthy advice. Today I feel gud but could you please tell me one thing its totally harmless ?

    August 3, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Thanks,have one of those,was very worried all the time,thanks for the heads up

  9. jd
    May 5, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Ive had them since I was 15 I’m now 46 I’ve never showed a partner them or said I have it I’ve always been embarrassed about it and it affects me badly I won’t even have sex in a lit up room because if a partner seen it I wouldn’t no how to explain its caused embarrassment for 31 years can my Dr get these removed I’m even embarrassed to go to them about it

  10. Symore Primus
    May 28, 2017 at 9:52 pm


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