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Small Penis Syndrome



The term small penis syndrome has been proposed to describe men who have excessive anxiety about the size of their penis and who have a clinically average sized penis. Individuals who have been diagnosed with a micropenis would not be considered to have small penis syndrome.

The researchers who first coined small penis syndrome suggest that it could be part of obsessive thinking, body dysmporphic disorder , or a larger psychosis.

They propose that psychological or counseling treatment should be the first course of action, with medications and surgery offering a less attractive option given the fact that there is nothing anatomically or clinically wrong with the penis.

Small penis syndrome is a new term, and one that would require a lot more research before being accepted. What is promising though is the focus on psychological and social interventions over pharmaceutical and surgical ones.


Wylie, K.R. and Eardley, I. “Penis Size and the ‘Small Penis Syndrome’” BJU International Volume 99, No. 6 (2007):1449-1455.

Also Known As: Penile Dysmorphophobia
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