Micropenis is a rare condition in which a male’s penis is significantly smaller than the average size for an adult male. It is difficult to determine exactly how common micropenis is, as it is often underdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. However, it is estimated to occur in about 0.6% of males.
Micropenis is usually diagnosed at birth or during infancy. In some cases, it may not be diagnosed until later in childhood or during puberty. The diagnosis is typically made based on a physical examination, during which the healthcare provider measures the length of the penis. A penis is considered to be micropenis if it is shorter than about 2.5 standard deviations below the average size for an adult male.
Micropenis treatments and when to start to worry
There are several treatment options for micropenis, although the most appropriate treatment will depend on the underlying cause of the condition and the specific needs and preferences of the individual.
During puberty, testosterone therapy may be used to stimulate penile growth. This treatment is typically most effective if it is started at an early age, before the onset of puberty.
After puberty, surgical options may be considered to increase the size of the penis. These procedures may involve releasing the ligaments that anchor the penis to the pubic bone, or injecting fat or other tissue into the penis to increase its girth. However, these procedures are generally considered to be experimental and may not be widely available.
It is important to keep in mind that micropenis is a rare condition, and that the size of the penis is not necessarily indicative of a person’s overall health or sexual function. If you have concerns about the size of your penis, it is important to speak with a healthcare provider for a proper evaluation and to discuss treatment options.