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Why Is My Penis Purple?

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Having a purple penis isn’t normal, so you should get professional advice if you notice any changes.

What Should I Do?

Any change in the appearance of your penis (such as a purple penis) can be a cause for concern. Is it a skin condition? An infection or complication? A circulation problem? A purple penis can mean any of these things. If you notice a purple spot or other colour change on your penis, you should have it evaluated by your doctor. If possible, see a Urologist. 


Urologists specialise in the urinary and male reproductive systems, so they may be able to provide more information than your primary care doctor. Some conditions require more urgent attention than others. You should seek immediate medical attention if you experience any severe pain or bleeding of the genitals. Keep reading to learn more about the possible causes, as well as how they can be treated.


#1: Bruise

Bruises develop when the tiny blood vessels under the skin’s surface break and leak blood. They are usually the result of small, known injuries. For example, a zipper mishap, rough sex, or masturbation can cause bruising. The bruise may be tender to the touch at first, if the impact was more severe, it may go through shades of deep purple to red as it heals. Bruising that results from high impact injuries, such as from sports or other significant trauma, requires immediate medical attention.


Minor bruises are small and localised to the area of the injury. If the bruise becomes larger, seek medical attention. Typically, a minor bruise fades without treatment within a few weeks. If it doesn’t, and if the pain and tenderness continues, see your doctor.


#2: Hematoma

A hematoma is a deep bruise. Blood from a damaged blood vessel pools under the skin, creating a red or purple spot. Unlike a superficial bruise, which feels soft to the touch, a hematoma feels firm or lumpy. A hematoma can cause loss of blood flow. It can also be a sign of a dangerous bleeding event. A hematoma can occur in any organ, including the penis. A hematoma on the penis requires urgent medical attention to evaluate the delicate tissues of the penis and testicles.


#3: Blood Spot

Blood spots, also known as purpura, can appear purple or red, and they are usually raised against the surface of your skin. Unlike a bruise or hematoma, blood spots are not caused by trauma. Blood spots are often a sign of a more serious condition. The sudden appearance of a blood spot may be a sign of:


  • Blood vessel inflammation
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • A reaction to certain medications
  • A bleeding or clotting problem

If you do experience changes with your penis, then get in touch with your GP or a Urologist.

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