Taking pains to ensure good penis health requires some commitment on a man’s part, and that includes knowing about some of the common issues that can interfere with good penis care. But no man - unless perhaps he is a doctor - can be familiar with all of the possible detriments to one’s penis health. For example, a sore penis can be caused by over-exertion of the organ, a blow to the penis, or numerous other things. But how many men would know that a sore penis might also be caused by something called a parameatal urethral cyst of the glans?

A mouthful

That’s rather a lot to get one’s mouth around, so for simplicity’s sake, this piece will just refer to the condition as a "cyst." But readers should remember that there are many other kinds of cysts, including others which could be located on or around the penis and so what we are describing here is specifically the parameatal urethral cyst of the glans.

What it is

As mentioned, this particular type of cyst is considered very rare. There are about 5 dozen cases which have been described in the medical literature, meaning that few people have experienced this problem. The "parameatal" part of the name indicates that the cyst is located on or near the meatus, the slit in the penis through which urine and semen leave the body.

A cyst is a closed sack, looking rather like a bubble, which can appear in the body. In this case, it appears on or very nearby the meatus, on the surface of the penis. It can vary in size, although in most cases it is relatively small.


Some cysts can be associated with cancer, but this kind of cyst is considered benign (or non-cancerous). But that doesn’t mean it is totally harmless or doesn’t cause any inconvenience. As indicated earlier, sometimes the cyst can cause a sore penis - not in the whole organ, but in the area surrounding the cyst. This is especially the case if one engages in sexual activity - including masturbation - in which friction rubs against the cyst.

Aside from producing a sore penis, the cysts can present an obstacle while urinating. The cyst often blocks some portion of the meatus, thereby preventing urine from flowing freely. This may not only slow down the rate of urination but it may contribute to a "spraying" effect in which the urine flows out in several directions rather than in one solid stream.

Cause and treatment

Because it is so rare, doctors are not sure of the cause of the cyst. The most prevalent theory is that ducts in the urethra get blocked, causing the swelling of the cyst. It has been observed in both adult men and in children.

Although it is possible to "lance" the cyst, that serves primarily to reduce the bubble effect without removing the excess skin of the cyst. Surgical removal of the entire cyst is most often recommended, a fairly simple procedure which can be performed on an outpatient basis. Aftercare involves letting the organ rest and treating to avoid possible infection.

This kind of cyst and the sore penis accompanying it are fortunately not things that the majority of men need worry about. But they should nevertheless take steps to ensure good penis health by daily using a first rate penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Common sore penis pain from overuse can be soothed by using a crème that moisturizes the skin; look for a crème with a combination of hydrating agents, such as natural shea butter and vitamin E. The best crème will also contain vitamin B5. Also known as pantothenic acid, B5 is a vital nutrient that helps ensure adequate cell metabolism.