Who Has Fordyce Spots?

Most people, upon first discovering Fordyce Spots, get a little bit agitated for a variety of reasons. They may be worried about their sexual wellbeing, their overall health, the appearance of the spots, or any other reason (we tend to find things to worry about, even if they don’t necessarily exist). These worries and concerns about Fordyce Spots often fade away with time, but for many people they remain ever present.

This makes it difficult to accurately estimate who has Fordyce Spots, how severe Fordyce Spots are “on average”, and many other questions that would probably help the overall understanding of them. However, we do know a few things that you might not know already.

  1. Fordyce Spots can be found on both men and women. They are found in approximately 90% of males, and just a little less than that percentage of females. Of course, as I have already said, these approximations are blighted by misunderstandings of Fordyce Spots and difficulties with research, but they are reasonably good estimates.
  2. Most cases occur in the genital region. Whilst Fordyce Spots can occur in other areas (particularly on the lips) they are generally found on the penis or on a woman’s labia.
  3. Fordyce Spots can appear from a young age, and often appear during puberty, especially for men. Young men often see Fordyce Spots beginning to appear between the ages of 10-15. Many worried young adolescents are concerned about the spots, but in reality (as shown above) most adult men have them in some form.
  4. Whilst Fordyce Spots will sometimes go away of their own accord, they will often persist for the entirety of a man or woman’s adult life. Treatments do exist (as will be explained elsewhere) but there are no “scientifically proven” treatments that have been tested thoroughly.
  5. Fordyce Spots are not related to any other sexually transmitted disease or genital issue. This means that even someone who has had no sexual contact can suffer from them, which can sometimes lead to confusion.

You may know some of these above points, but you probably didn’t know all of them. Many people have asked me  “who has Fordyce Spots?” over the course of the last few years, and that question is easily answered “almost everybody”. Some cases are worse than others, and some people don’t even know they have them, but they are present in most people. Hopefully you’re feeling a little bit better about your Fordyce Spots now, especially if you’re a man worried about dealing with a woman who has never come across them. Not only will most women probably not be bothered about Fordyce Spots, lots of women will already have them!

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