Catching a quick glance at other men’s penises in the locker room – something most guys do on occasion – enables a bro to see how he measures up. Since many men worry needlessly about their penis size, convinced that they must be cursed with a small penis, getting a reality check this way can be reassuring and helpful. Although a small penis is not a penis health concern, a guy could legitimately be concerned if he possesses a true micropenis.
But just what is a micropenis? Many guys who have what might be thought of as a small penis – or at least one that is a little below average – fear that they have an actual micropenis. But a real micropenis is a rare thing.
The average size of the erect penis is around 5.2” long. The vast majority of men fall within the range of 4” and 6”. There are a few outliers who measure more than 6” on side of the scale, and a few who measure smaller than 4” on the other end. But for a guy to be classified as having a micropenis, his erect todger would need to measure 2.8” or less – and only 0.5% of men are estimated to fall in this range.
It starts at birth
Although some men have fears that their penis will shrink and become a micropenis, that’s not really the way it goes. Doctors who have studied the issue state that usually a man is born with a micropenis – he comes out of the womb with a penis that is significantly smaller than typical. (An infant penis typically is about 0.9 inches long.) This is usually a result of insufficient testosterone production during the fetal stage.
A micropenis can be treated during infancy and childhood through testosterone therapy; however, there can be side effects to this approach, so a decision to utilize hormone supplementation would need to be discussed by the parents with an experienced doctor.
Does it interfere with sex?
Clearly, one worry of a man with what he believes to be a micropenis is how it will affect his sex life. Micropenises function just as a typical penis does, so barring other factors, it should get erect when stimulated and ejaculate semen.
However, the shortness of the penis may make it difficult for female partners to achieve orgasm through vaginal penetration. (Note, however, that some men with a micropenis do satisfy their partners with no problems.) Couples in which a micropenis is present may want to focus greater attention on oral or manual stimulation. Of course, this is also true for many couples in which the male appendage is of average or large size; often the man ejaculates fairly quickly and so other forms of sex are utilized to bring about a female orgasm.
Of more concern is the psychological issues that can result from a micropenis. Many men worry that the size of their penis reflects poorly on their status as a male. This can bring about serious blows to their self-confidence and self-esteem. This may affect their performance in the bedroom, but it also may lead to a deeper depression which inhibits their enjoyment of many other phases of their life. Seeking qualified professional help is urged for men with depression or self-esteem issues.
A man with a micropenis, or even just a somewhat small penis, still needs to take steps to maintain a proper level of penis health. One way to o this is to regularly use a first rate penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). In order to help keep the penis skin looking handsome and healthy, find a crème with both a high end emollient (like shea butter) and a natural hydrator (such as vitamin E). The best crème will also contain L-arginine, which helps boost nitric oxide and therefore enables penile blood vessels to expand as required.