Appearance of the Penis
and variations of the penile shaft and glans
variations of the normal penis are cause by circumcision: skin bridges are
the prime example of this. Frenulum breve and other variations are
congenital; while Fordyce spots and papules are a feature of the penile skin
that develops through life, often causing great distress to the owner of the
Refers to a situation where the frenulum
is too short. The example on the left is rather a mild case; the one on
the right is not.
This will certainly make intercourse uncomfortable, and
if the frenulum tears during sex, as it may well do, it will heal with a
scar which effectively makes it even shorter than it already is, leading
to a repeated cycle of tearing, bleeding and healing.
Simple surgery can
solve the problem. R Stuart has a comprehensive website on frenulum breve.
here to go to it.
has been blamed as a cause of various sexual dysfunctions, including
premature ejaculation. If you wish to know of how to continue longer in bed, there are many useful resources available. This is an
account of a man
whose frenulum tore during sex.
Refers to a situation where the skin
of the penis and the scrotum is connected so that it looks like they are
webbed. This can produce discomfort during intercourse and may look
unsightly. If the webbing is extensive, surgical correction may be
and skin tags
Incompetent circumcision may result
in protruding skin tags and uneven development of the penis at puberty.
website has a comprehensive collection of pictures showing what can
happen as a result of a botched circumcision:
with some relevant pictures is located here.
Note that the circumcision scar seems to produce a ring where the color of
the skin of the penile shaft changes. This represents the point at which
the inner and outer foreskin were separated during circumcision.
It is "normal", at least in
the sense that it occurs on all men who have had the enforced removal of
their penile skin imposed on them at birth.
These little tags between the coronal
rim of the glans and the skin of the shaft are formed as a result of a botched
circumcision. See the link above for more information.
Although this occurs rarely, the
penis can form two urethrae during its development.
The duplication may be
complete or partial, and the duplicated urethrae may be functional or non-functional.
In the photo here, there appears to be two urethral meati (openings) separated
by a thin piece of tissue. If it is only the opening which is affected in
this way, the dividing tissue may be removed.
In more serious cases of
extensive urethral duplication, surgical intervention may be need to correct
This should not be confused with hypospadias, where two openings
may develop on the shaft of the penis, one representing the correct
location of a normal urethral meatus and one representing a hypospadic meatus.
The raphe is a normal element of penile
development; it is the line along which the component parts of the penis
fused during their development in the uterus. It is more prominent in some
men than others and extends along the surface of the scrotum.
These cause men a great
deal of distress and anxiety, and it is true that they can be unsightly
when whole areas of the penis are covered with them.
However, they are normal,
in the sense that all men have them (and so do some women, on the skin of
They are modified sweat glands, of a type which form only on the skin
of the genitals, and they cannot be removed by washing, scrubbing, ointments,
lotions or potions. A more complete discussion of Fordyce spots can be
found on http://www.the-penis.com/problems.html
Another every distressing
skin blemish, though I believe this one can actually be treated by a
dermatologist (I think by using cryogenic freezing techniques).
Anyone with personal
experience of their removal is most welcome to write in and let me know
how its done. Or you can research the subject on Google.
Tightening of the foreskin
so that it will not draw back over the head of the erect penis is known as
Phimosis is often present
from birth, but since the foreskin can only be drawn back in boys as it
gradually separates from the glans from the age of about five onwards,
this is often not discovered until the boy has grown up a bit and begins
to enjoy penile play or starts trying to draw his foreskin back to wash
In many cases the phimosis
is only discovered when a boy begins to masturbate at puberty, when he
finds that his foreskin won't slide back and forth over his glans, or the
tightness of the skin over his erect penis produces an uncomfortable
In some cases the
cause of the phimosis is a fungal infection, which may mean circumcision
is needed. However, there is a simple enough stretching technique which a
boy can try to resolve the problem. It's
has a very good
website on the subject.
If your penis has a load of
prominent veins on it, there isn't unfortunately much you can do about it
other than learn to live with it.
It might be an idea to
thrust gently during intercourse because exposed and prominent veins like
this can sometimes responds with inflammation to vigorous rubbing. Or
maybe you should just use extra lube!
skin on soft penis
Although I have had a few
queries from bys about how they can solve their "wrinkly skin problem", I
don't think there is anything abnormal about this.
The penile skin has to
expand and contract as a penis gets larger and smaller during its
erection, and when it retreats into its sheath of foreskin, as in the
first picture, it will naturally assume a wrinkled look.
As you can see from the
images of that penis getting erect, when it is bigger, the wrinkled