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A shrinking penis is a surprisingly common complaint so if you think you are alone in this struggle, fear not. There are many reasons that patients may suffer from this condition, and there are many simple treatment options that you can do to avoid this condition. 

One of the first differentiates diagnoses that a doctor needs to consider when they hear of a patient complaining of some component of their body would be a patient suffering from a body dysmorphic disorder. Body dysmorphic disorder is a condition where patients are unsatisfied with some aspect of their body and perceive things more critically than others around them would. This type of self-criticism is commonly seen in women thinking they have excessive abdominal fat when in reality, they look very healthy or in men assuming they have a small penis. 

This condition is usually due to an underlying psychological disorder, and patients can benefit most from frequent visits to their doctor to discuss their concerns. Medical management is rarely needed, but studies find that a reassuring voice and a keen ear from an expert can help patients cope with their inner insecurities. [1]

Another potential cause of penile shrinkage could stem from some physical trauma to the groin. What I mean by this is not a distinct punch or kick to the groin but something that many people may not perceive to be trauma at all. As trends in fashion push towards tighter and tighter clothing, skinny jeans are becoming something that males may stockpile in their closets to stay up-to-date with current fashion trends. Tight fitting boxers also follow the same mechanism. Walking with such restrictive clothing can lead to penile muscles from the shaft of the penis contracting to limit the amount of damage. A simple solution would be to wear loose-fitting clothing to give your groin more space to maneuver. [2]

Studies also indicate that penile size can correlate with anxiety levels and sexual satisfaction levels. Penile erections occur because of parasympathetic innervation but when patients suffer from excessive stress or are depressed, libido levels fall and penile length may retract slightly. Even if this may be the normal length of the flaccid penis, due to low mood levels, a patient may be more self-critical of their length. This self-criticism can lead to body dysmorphic disorders quite easily. [3] Reducing stress levels and finding time to be more intimate with a partner can go a long way in improving your sexual health.

Rest assured knowing that approximately 68 percent of male patients are unsatisfied with their penile length and studies also depict similar trends in the female population. Most patients are uncomfortable with their bodies when they are naked. There is also a perception among males where women feel that "size matters" when it comes to penile length. Studies confirm that this is true, but the results may surprise you. This investigation indicated that the average length of a male penis is 6.3 inches and the ideal length for a woman is 6.4 inches. These results suggest that perceived stigmas are sources of unnecessary anxiety. [4] The best solution is to try not to let it bother you, and you will become more self-confident in time. 


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