We have been brought up in a society that believes the bigger stick you carry, the more power you have. The same goes with men and their penises. With erotic art displaying images of exaggerated manhood to symbolize sexual power and vigor, men think that having a big penis is a status symbol for sexiness and machismo. However there is such a condition called micropenis whose effects pertain to the size of the penis, which eventually disrupts men‘s sexual appetite, and indirectly affect men‘s sexual health.
Micropenis is a medical terminology used to describe an unusually small penis. Approximately 0.5% of the male population in the whole world suffer from this condition and feel shameful about it. The penile length of a micropenis in adults is roughly three and a half inches, or less. It may differ from the standard penis size by two and a half inches.
Determining whether you have a micropenis can be done yourself by carefully measuring the size of your penis, or through a physical checkup with your trusted doctor. In the case of children, diagnosis is done a little time after birth. Children diagnosed with micropenises are referred to a pediatric urologist, or a pediatric endocrinologist.
What causes a micropenis?
Micropenis is caused by a hormonal problem which takes place around after fourteen weeks of gestation when the penis has already formed itself. Micropenis may be a standalone concern, or may often appear in combination with other hormonal disorders. These are disorders which may cause an abnormality in the level of hormones needed to develop a normal sexual organ.
Can I still have sex if I have a micropenis?
Yes it is still possible to have sex with a micropenis. Though it may be a big concern for adult men who have been diagnosed with a micropenis, it is important to keep in mind that one doesn’t have to have a big penis in order to pleasure his partner. Having a micropenis should not stand in the way of men‘s sexual appetite. But in terms of the sexual functioning and response of the micropenis itself, results vary from person to person. Some research reported that having a micropenis didn’t change nor affect men‘s sexual health for those who are afflicted with the condition, yet some report that having a micropenis caused disatisfying sexual intercourse.
Is there treatment available for micropenis?
A lot of men are to ashamed to come forward and see a doctor for concerns such as micropenis. But the good news is, there are treatments available for it. Hormone treatment is administered during childhood and puberty to trigger normal growth of the penis. With this treatment, testosterone and certain growth hormones are used to resume growth of the micropenis. In extreme cases of micropenis, wherein there is barely any penile shaft, and the glans appears to sit almost on the pubic skin, surgery is suggested. A surgical procedure called phalloplasty is performed for penile enlargement, although these surgeries tend to have a low satisfaction rating. This is why surgery is not recommended for patients who want it specifically because of lack of sexual satisfaction.