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Your Problems: Dear Miriam.

Byline: Miriam Stoppard

I'M 18 and I've slept with four girls so far. My penis looked normal before I had sex, but now I've noticed white spots.

I've seen many girls with these spots on their nipples and none has ever said anything about it, but I wonder if there's any connection.

The girls I've been with haven't complained about my spots but it's shattered my self-confidence. What are they and how I can get rid of them?

THAT'S quite a bright observation, noticing white spots on your penis and on girls' breasts, because they're the same thing - sebaceous (grease) glands working overtime because of sex hormones - testosterone in men, progesterone in women. If it's any comfort to you, most, if not all, penises have the white spots you describe in some degree.

People can get pimples, blemishes and whiteheads wherever there's skin, including the skin on the penis. Allergic reactions, local infections and sexually-transmitted diseases such as genital warts can all cause spots on the penis. In men who haven't been sexually active, they may be due to folliculitis (inflammation around hair follicles).

In general, nothing is done about them - they're left alone. They're rarely as unsightly as their owner thinks they are. As a precaution, however, get checked out at a genito-urinary clinic to rule out the possibility of an STD.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 21, 2002
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