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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 can not find the head of my penis or feel a shaft I can't pee standing up don't know witch way it will go. I'm 70 just had a hip replacement and it has been this way sense they took out the decaffiter.





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My penis was originally about 71/2 ins when erect and have 5 sons from 2 wives. However over recent years my penis has shrunk to about 2 ins erect and a Hazel nut in a bush flaccid . I am 72 yrs old and have not been able to perform intercourse for a couple of years. Can you advise





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Hi i to have a micro penis i recently been in a situation thats left me.not my self my confidence is so low i to somtime feel like ending it. I cant even use public toilets like normal guys do this goes back as far as child hood im so ashamed of it I dont feel like a man my first wife turned lesbian and im sure this is because of me and now i choose to let my wife sleep with other guys to keep her im to affraid to tell or see a doctor and im at my lowest point its just nice to no im not alone i just wish there was help or a cure for us





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can you get surgery for micro penis to get it enlarged to an average size?





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I too have a small penis but when erect, I used to could please some women. But, after having penile implant surgery due to ED issues, I lost length on my erection and now am only 3" erect and cannot please a woman anymore. When I confronted my doctor about this he said that tissue lost is a part of this type of surgery. I would caution anyone before getting this surgery if your erection is near the normal range.





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I am normally a very quiet individual however after reading the comments posted above I feel I must inform you men out there not to be so down on your size . My husband is not big at all but I love him more than anything and enjoy giving him oral and anything else he wants because I want him to feel excited and loved. Size truly does not matter! He satisfies my sexual desires in every way. He does not shy away from oral either n truth be told possibly the best sexual position for your ultimate satisfaction and "hers" would be "69". If a girl leaves u for lack of sz than she is not a good person to have by your side go a head and help show her to the curb just where all the other trash hangs out! Keep yourself well groomed and clean and be kind and yourself and the right woman will come along, I promise!!





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I agree! I'm happy there's someone kind and loving out there! That percentage in getting smaller and smaller!

My partner says no matter how good our relationship is sex is way to important to her and that should would never be with a man that's small. I thought she was a better person than that but apparently I was wrong

I have a small penis of 4 inches when erect, I have come to terms from what I have heard and read with my penis length, that is the risks of increasing the length. Howeaver I would love advice on increasing the girth of a penis. What to avoid and are there actually procedures out there that can and do work properly and not just for a couple of months/years. I understand there are always risks involved, in my case lengthening posed an unacceptable risk of loss of sexual use, pain and potential loss of penis. Is there a procedure that actually works for longer than five to ten years or more





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Hi, I am 48 years old and I have micro penis. I can get an erection and everything works well, because I have 3 beautiful daughters. I have lived for years embarrassed to take showers in locker rooms. I pride myself on being positive but inwardly i am a reck. Ive been married 4 times because I couldnt manage to function long enough in the bedroom. Ive never thought of reaching out in a blog or forum but I am finding that a lot of men struggle with this. I am looking for a cure that isn't painful. I can get an erection but when i am not erect my penis is small and the head of my penis sinks into the skin. I have found a wonderful lady and I am hoping that she doesnt leave me for the same thing





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Mine is very small too.

Hi I'm a 23 year old man with micropenis, I suffer from low self esteem and confidence issues it makes me depressed to an extent, and can not approach girls as I know I would be rejected. I do not work and can not afford phalloplasty is there anything the NHS can do to support me in anyway?





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I'm sorry, I don't think I fully understand your problematic statement. You're a grown man of 23yrs, you have no physical handicap that keeps you confined to a bed or wheelchair (nor blind, mentally retarded, nor a circus freak, etc), just a smaller penis? Get counseling for your mental problems first. A confident, assertive man who takes care of his life and knows what is important is a sexy man who should have no problem securing sexual favors from someone. While it may be considered "honest" to make your micropenis known to a mate, that is still privileged information that should be reserved for someone who wishes to marry you and make a life with you, not for a low-class sex partner who would dump you for not being picture perfect. Respect yourself first, love yourself first. If you do, you will already be a perfect mate regardless of penis size. And no, I do not have a small penis, I am 7-1/2" erect, but I DO know what makes a man, a man. I feel for any guy who is under-endowed because of early interactions with other males and developing a healthy body image. Please, work on changing what you can... make yourself THE choice man on the inside first... once you have that, all other things seem either less important or at the very least, more easily attainable.

I have a small penis and find it hard to satisfy women. It has caused problems in my relationships. I'm a little self conscious because I gained weight and have a stomach that hides it and makes it a issue with getting in. I have been trying other positions though so maybe that will help.





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