Approximately 50% of men believe that their penises are too small.
Men correlate the size of the penis with their masculinity and sexuality.
Sexual pleasure or fertility is not linked with penile size.
A "micropenis" is an abnormally small penis. This suggests that there has been a problem in penile development from birth
or throughout puberty. The penis is measured from the pubic bone at the base of the penis to the tip.
The average size of the penis at rest is approximately 7.5cm to 10.5cm (3 - 4 inches) . The size at rest of a penis does not have any relation to the size in erection.
Most penises increase by 75% in size when erect. An erect penis measures 16.5cm (6.5 inches) on average, with a range between 15cm and 18cm (6-7 inches)
If you are worried about the size of you penis, please consult your GP or local sexual health clinic.
Body dysmorphic disorder
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) develops when someone obsesses about a physical condition to the extent where it starts to affect
their mental health.
10% of BDD is linked to the unjustified fear of having a small penis. This obsession often begins during adolescence
, and can significantly impact upon sexual relationships. Treatment via cognitive behavioural therapy or anti-depressants may be required if the BDD is severe.
Some men are very self-conscious about the size of their penis and will any seek treatment for enlargement.
There is much in the media regarding non-surgical methods to enlarge your penis. These include hormone treatments, herbs and alternative therapy, fat injection, vacuums, weights, and stretching frames. There is no medical evidence that any of the above provide long-lasting effects.
The penis can be stretched temporarily, but like an elastic band, once the treatment is stopped, it will recoil.
Reconstructive surgery to the penis for trauma or birth defects has been offered for a long time. In the last 30 years, cosmetic surgery
to enlarge the penis has also become available. These procedures are very expensive and are not without side-effects. Erection disorders will not be solved with surgery.
Increasing the length
The most common procedure is to cut and/or lengthen the ligament at the base of the penis. This makes the penis dangle lower so it appears longer when at rest. It does not make a difference in penile length when erect, and, in fact, means that the penis will not rise up as high as prior to surgery.
Increasing the thickness (girth)
This can be achieved by either injecting fat or placing skin grafts around the penis.Results are disappointing as 90% of the fat is reabsorbed and there is little reliable evidence available for the grafts.