NY Daily News staff writer Lindsay Goldwert reportsmen concerned about having a small penis often have “perfectly average-sized genitalia”.
“Penile size is a matter of great interest among men who are affected by ‘short penis syndrome’ or just believe themselves to have a small penis, even though the dimensions of the organ fall within the normal range,” stated University of Turin urologists Marco Oderda and Paolo Gontero in British Journal of Urology International.
In other words, it’s all in their head!
Meanwhile, Mayo Clinic researchers are warning men to “think twice” before investing into pills, pumps and procedures that are more likely to disappoint and cause harm than increase penis size. “Understanding your partner’s physical and emotional needs and desires is more likely to improve your sexual relationship than trying to change the size of your penis.”
According to Mayo Clinic staff:
* The average penis measures between 3 and 4 inches (7.6 to 10.2 centimeters) when it’s not erect (flaccid) and between 5 and 7 (12.7 to 17.8) centimeters inches when erect.
* A penis is considered abnormally small only if it measures less than 3 inches (7.6cm) when erect, a condition called micropenis.
According to Goldwert, with the growing number of advertisements and websites promoting various forms of penile enlargement — from pills, pumps and creams to potentially risky cosmetic surgery — male body issues are on the rise. “We equate masculinity and power with penis size,” said Ira Sharlip, a clinical professor of urology at the University of California at San Francisco and president of the International Society for Sexual Medicine, in an interview with WedMD. “Of course, there’s really no relationship.” Sharlip admitted, however, “all” of his patients want to increase their penis size.
Urologists suggest men who suffer from “Short Penis Syndome” (SPS) should consider the following:
1) Abdominal workout regimen: Overweight or obese men whose lower abdomen hangs over their genitalia can give off the appearance of having a smaller penis than they actually have. In addition to feeling healthier, men who lose weight often report feeling the perception that they’re more well-endowed.
2. “Trim the rooster”: Excess pubic hair around the base of your penis can make it look shorter, says the Mayo Clinic. A “haircut” may make your penis look bigger and increase sensitivity.
3. See a doctor: If you continually feel you’re inadequate, it may be time to talk to a urologist or psychologist, who can provide a medical professional’s reassurance that you’re indeed of normal size.