What Is a Micropenis and How Can You Tell If You Have One?
Every guy reading this has been dragged into a metaphorical dick-measuring contest at some point in your life. Many of you have been in literal dick-measuring contests. Society tells us that the length of our penis is extremely important. It’s not scientifically sound advice, but we all believe it at least a little bit. When dick measuring goes to the extreme, we can eventually brush up a genuine medical condition that is determined solely by the length of your penis. The term is “micropenis,” and it’s a real issue that affects plenty of men in this world. We’re going to learn about micropenises today, and whether you have one or not, you’ll emerge from this learning something useful.
Let’s Get Medical
Micropenis is a medical term, and it has a clear definition. That definition applies to any penis that measures more than two standard deviations below the average length for the age of the male in question. That’s a lot of words to say that a micropenis is significantly below average size.
Normally, this condition is diagnosed in infants. The penis, among many other things, is inspected by a doctor during one of those early-in-life checkups. If it appears abnormally small, they’ll go ahead and measure. Some doctors will use slightly different standards for diagnosis, but the ballpark cutoff for a micropenis in newborns is 0.75 inches. That’s the stretched penile length (SPL).
Of course, you’re not here to read about baby penises. You’re more curious about the adult male member. Currently, the standard to diagnose a micropenis in an adult is 3.5 inches erect. There are complicating factors that can shift that number and the diagnosis, but that’s the ballpark.
What’s important to remember is that a micropenis is a fully functioning penis. It urinates and ejaculates exactly the same way as any other. The only reason it even exists as a medical diagnosis is because it’s a statistical abnormality. About 1.5 in 10,000 males has a micropenis, so that’s apparently worth documenting.
The other important lesson is that micropenis conditions are present at birth. They don’t mysteriously develop later in life. Any of you reading this and sweating a little don’t need to worry. You won’t randomly get a micropenis as you age.
Micro vs Small
Micropenises are determined entirely by size, so of course we have to get to the dick-measuring part of this conversation. Some of you reading this might be a little self-conscious. Others are morbidly curious. Regardless, we should cover a few things.
First, a small penis is not a micropenis. You might be dissatisfied with your size, but that doesn’t mean you have a medical condition. Nor does it mean you should be taking supplements or indulging in pseudoscience to try and make your junk bigger. That stuff is dangerous at best. The real cure to your issue is to watch less porn. Seriously.
The average length of a flaccid penis is 3.5 inches. Most of you are probably nodding your heads right now. Now you’re going to do a double take. The average length of an erect penis is 5.1 inches. No, seriously. You’ve probably been told its 6 inches or beyond, but that’s completely wrong. A nationwide study by urologists came up with the 5.1 number, and it’s the number used to diagnose a micropenis. If you step out of the world of porn, you’ll realize that your junk is not as small as you fear.
Here’s one other thing to consider. A large penis is in no way necessary for great sex. The majority of women don’t orgasm with vaginal stimulation alone. Even for those who do, they can usually take care of themselves with their fingers, right? Even a micropenis is larger than the average woman’s fingers. That’s worth considering.
How to Tell for Sure
So, after all of that you still wonder. Ok. There’s a way to settle this once and for all. If you really think you or someone you know has a micropenis, a visit to the urologist can get you a definitive answer. If you must insist on a self-diagnosis, then you’re going to have to learn to measure your dick the right way.
A lot of people have wild suggestions about how to do this. It’s really not that complicated. Get a ruler or a tape measure and get hard. Measure from the base of the shaft to the tip. That’s it. If you think it’s more complicated than this, you can find detailed instructions here. The one hidden bonus to learning this is that you can get a better measurement for condom size. Then again, you won’t be able to pretend you’re an XXL anymore.
What Causes a Micropenis?
Hopefully, by now, you’re satisfied as to whether or not you suffer from this condition. Now, we’re going to learn a little more about how it works as a medical condition. Typically speaking, a micropenis develops from a lack of testosterone during fetal development. Before you get mad at your mother, you should know that the testosterone should be supplied by the male fetus, not the mother. It’s your own fault.
Being more serious for a moment, micropenis conditions can also develop from exposure to toxic substances during pregnancy. It’s far less common, but it’s just one more reason we all need to be hyper aware when it comes to pregnancy.
It’s worth noting that either of these situations can lead to complications besides a micropenis. Testosterone deficiency comes with all sorts of developmental changes. Not all of them are bad, but it’s one of the reasons this condition is diagnosed in newborns. They’re looking for indicators of more serious issues.
How to Treat a Micropenis
So, if you really do have a micropenis, there are things that can be done about it. When it’s properly found in infants, the typical treatment course is testosterone supplements. It can be administered topically or as an injection, and that’s usually determined by other presenting issues. Regardless, these treatments work way better before puberty than after.
For the unlucky guy whose diagnosis was missed, the only real post-pubescent treatment is surgery. Before you all run to the doctor’s office, you should understand the scope of the surgery. It involves placing an implant in the penis that causes it to appear bigger. This surgery does nothing to enhance sexual pleasure, and it comes with a full set of risks that includes erectile dysfunction.
What About Sex Though?
We brushed up against this topic a minute ago, but we’ll focus more on micropenises now instead of small penises. A micropenis is in all functionality a normal penis. It behaves exactly the same way during sex as any other. Sometimes, a micropenis might be accompanied by other health issues that complicate all of this, but that’s even more rare than the micropenis condition itself.
Since a micropenis is fully functioning, it doesn’t really impact sex at all. Instead, psychological factors tied to penis size are more likely to inhibit the sexual experience. In fact, sexual researchers have found that in the cases of males with a micropenis, almost all sexual deficiencies are entirely psychological. The only problem is in their head, and once they can move past that psychological barrier, they perform on par with any other guy. This is probably some of you without a micropenis need to read too.
Since perception is the real issue here, maybe you can take your destiny into your own hands. All of science agrees that penis size is way less important for sex and lifestyle than how you see yourself. If you’ve ever struggled, one of the easiest ways to feel more confident about your penis is to groom it. Seriously.
You’ve surely heard that pruning the hedges makes the tree stand taller. It’s quite true. It’s also not the extent to which you can improve your perception of your own junk. Cleaning up the pubic hair makes the presentation better. You can feel more confident in your junk looks, regardless of its size. On top of all of that, dedicating your efforts to full-service manscaping will improve the quality of your skin, make you smell amazing and reduce some of the discomfort that comes from stuffing the most sensitive part of your body into uncomfortable, warm conditions all day. Feeling great is the key to being great. If you want to explore this possibility, check out Manscaped.com. It has everything you need to get started.