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Conditions

Buried Penis

A buried penis occurs where the shaft of the penis is literally buried under excess skin and fat – often as a result of obesity and significant weight loss.

Although size isn’t meant to matter when a man’s endowment isn’t big enough to use it definitely becomes an issue for him. Believe it or not, it’s thought that up to 1 out of every 200 men is born with what’s medically known as ‘micro-penis’. Micro penis is as simple as it sounds – the sufferer’s penis is considerably smaller than anyone’s estimate of ‘average’. It’s an exclusive club and members (pun intended) need to be less than 7 centimetres to join. Whilst the free Wi-Fi and friendly bar staff may be great perks of the clubhouse it also has its downsides; those with micro penis may (though not always) have trouble urinating and having sexual intercourse. Whilst there is no real health risk it clearly has detrimental effects on a man’s personal life often resulting in serious confidence issues such as low self esteem which could in turn lead to a more serious mental illness like depression. There are a number of potential causes for the condition such as a congenital growth hormone deficiency, a reduced rate of androgen production, inadequate levels of testosterone at 2nd and 3rd stages of pregnancy and the inability to respond to testosterone in general. Micro penis is often noticed at a young age and can therefore be treated with hormone therapy which would typically use injections of testosterone and human chorionic gonadotropin. However if it goes unnoticed treatment in adulthood is far more complicated but new research has refined a surgical process called phalloplasty which involves taking skin from the patient’s forearm to make a penis with, fitting it with a plastic urethra and inflatable mechanism to enable erections. Whilst this might sound daunting it still sounds more appealing than an old solution which saw doctors recommend that parents bring their micro penis inflicted baby boys up as baby girls. Yikes.

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I am 30 yrs old, overweight and my penis is small my wife says its like a turtle. It does not stand out for except when im erect and it stands about 5.5 " when erect I sometimes feel sad that im that way. My testosterone level was low but I've had treatments and now my levels are good but no change. I want to change this what can I do?





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Sorry Catherine but boys should be circumcised, because later on in life they can have problems with infections under that skin and usually, having to eventually be circumcised when older. Also, they can get a rare cancer of the penis. Look it up. I've seen two people with it. I had a brother who had to be circumcised when he was sixteen years old. So it needs to be done. These boys probably already had a very small penis from the start.





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Gynomastica an retracting penis. What can I do





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hi im 17 and im 4.5 inches is that bad ?





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Yes 4.5 inches is bad. However, modern technology can fix that. I saw a program on TV one of those plastic surgeons shows. This guy wasn't satisfied with his and he made it longer and fatter. They grew skin and then pulled down a few more inches from inside that you guys don't know you have to make it longer. After surgery, he walked out and that thang was so big and long. I was thinking who is he going to use that on. But, don't worry about that now, because you shouldn't be having sex anyway. Just finish school, go to college get a good paying job so that you can afford to get that surgery. And you don't need a girlfriend in college because they'll keep you away from completing your goal. Okay, don't worry, it will be alright.

How can I get apaoiment ?how can I comunicate for getting information.thanks





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hi my name is andy i am 52 i can not get my penis out of my troures so i wet my slef what can i do about its gone in its self





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Hi I have a small peins and it bothers me. I have 2 kids and a good looking girl friend and can have sex with out a problem but it's more about me and my confidence is there any way of getting my peins any bigger





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Hi I'm 22 years old and feel that after research that I have micro-penis, what is my best option? And what are the prices on average to have phallopasty to increase my penis size?





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hi my name is andrew im 53 i saw the show larst night and i saw the man whit the micro pinis i think i have the same think when i whnt to go to the loo i can not get my pinis out i some time wet myslef i just can not get it out far enuf to have a pee what can i do a bout this can you tell me please andy

I have a really small penis and it will not get bigger at all, I have never had an erection and it is effecting my relationship with girlfriends





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I HAVE SON WHO IS 22 YEARS OF AGE WITH A CONDITION CALLED THE NOONAN SYNDROME,WHO THINKS HE HAS SMALL PENIS AND MAY BE HAS SOME SKIN THAT MIGHT BE A PROBLEM HE'S NOT ABLE TO WEE IN THE TOILET.PLEASE ADVISE THE DOCTOR JUST KEEPS SENDING US AWAY WITH THAT THEY COME ALL SHAPES AND SIZES

Hi lads my son has a micro penis. He also had undescended testies as a baby and since then we found out he has no sence of smell and no testosterone. His consultant believe he a a condition called Kallmanns syndrome. He is 13 and now on testosterone injections and things are improving. He is at the perfect age for treatment but any age with this condition is vital. If you have any of these other symptoms pls see your gp.





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