Penile Pearls, Infection Or Not Infection? That Is The Question!

Published on November 15, 2016

Penile Pearls, Infection Or Not Infection? That Is The Question!

To all men… and your partners, this is for you.

About 10 to 25% of men globally are affected by a totally normal condition that often causes great distress.

The one thing I keep fighting through my work, silence, usually causes the distress.

The condition goes by the scientific names of Hirsuties Coronae Glandis or Hirsutoid Papillomas or Hirsuties Papillaris Genitalis, but is more commonly known as Pearly Penile Papules or Penile Pearls.

I write about this because I know of men who have driven themselves crazy with worry for years, sometime decades. Once these same men learn that there is nothing wrong with them, usually a huge weight is lifted off of their shoulders.

Some men were affected by the reaction of a previous partner and almost completely withdrew from partnered sex.

Some men thought they contracted a sexual infection (usually genital warts).

Some men, on seeing that their penis was not "normal", thought they were no longer a man.

Some men just had no idea what was happening and feared the worst.

Penile pearls are tiny bumps (pimple like) or filiform, dome-topped protuberances that grow in rows around the coronal ridge or sulcus of the penis, basically the base of the head of the penis. See image below.

Penile Pearls

It is believed for Penile Pearls to be a normal variation of the human anatomy. As far as we know, they are not related to sexual activity, diet, lifestyle or personal hygiene.

Please hear me out!

Penile Pearls are not dangerous. They are not infectious. They are not a disease.

They can however be emotionally and psychologically distressing because of their appearance and the impact this may have on the man or his partner(s).

There is no known medical reason to require the removal of Penile Pearls. However, some men insist on their removal to alleviate the emotional and psychological distress.



Treatment options vary from surgical to natural remedies. Each has advantages and disadvantages.

NOTE: It is paramount that you seek medical advice from specialists in each of the treatment areas you are considering before making a decision.

CO2 Laser

This option uses a Carbon Dioxide laser beam to vaporise the papules.

Radio Therapy

Similar to the laser treatment, beams are aimed at the papules to remove them. In this case, however, the beams are radiations.

Electro Desiccation

This method applies small electrical currents to the papules to dry them away.


Simply put, a specialist uses a surgical knife to cut the papules away.


This treatment uses liquid nitrogen to create very low temperatures to freeze and remove the papules.


There are various types of creams on the market, many claiming to be completely natural. It is believed that Tea Tree Oil and Castor Oil, when applied regularly over a period of time will also help.

NOTE (again): If you are considering any treatment, please seek advice from medical specialists for the treatment you are considering.

My concerns is for the thousands of men who have Penile Pearls and experience deep, impactful emotional and psychological distress.

There really is nothing wrong with you. Do some research on line and you will see a similar message over and over.

If your partner is concerned, share the same research with them or even better choose to research and learn about it together.

You are a perfect man as you already are, a bit "uneven around the edges", but which man isn't?!?


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Category(s):Relationships & Marriage, Sexual Problems / Sex Therapy

Written by:

Dr Oberdan Marianetti

Dr Oberdan Marianetti is the founder of Essence Coaching, and the creator of the Essence® model.

As a qualified Psychologist and Sexologist, Oberdan has successfully helped individuals and couples revive the excitement in their relationships and sex life.

He has a keen desire to help people reconnect with their true selves - their Essence® - and form meaningful connection with others.

Whether through private consultations or public workshops, Oberdan is committed to helping each individual rediscover the power and beauty of their own sexuality in an open, safe and non-judgemental environment.

With the experience accumulated from private practice, he brings new perspectives on intimacy and sexuality through highly engaging and informative presentations and workshops on sexuality, sex and relationships."

His work has been published by the British Psychological Society and Oxford University Press; he is a regular speaker and has developed his own Leadership model (Essence Leadership), which was featured in sector-specific publications and in TED.

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