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Thin Penis - Coping up with a thin penis

What is a thin penis?

Like the rest of our body organs and glands, your penis also has an average, generally accepted size, length and thickness. When your penis is somewhat thinner than the average, the condition is called as a “thin penis”. It has been estimated that this condition is found in about two percent of males worldwide. In other words, out of every one hundred human males, at least two men have “thin penises”.

The thin penis may occur as single disorder or in some persons it may be associated with small penis. In some persons penis is so thin that as in children. It makes them sexually unsure of his sexuality and decreases their confidence. They feel inferiority complex in exposing themselves in public places as in swimming pools & sea beaches etc. Thus it must be consulted urgently, so that the diagnosis and treatment could be done by team of hormone specialists & surgeons.

How thin is thin (What size will tell me if I have a thin penis)?

Because of several variations in size and shape of penises depending on the regional, racial and familial inheritance, there is no universal average length or thickness of a penis that would fit for all.  The Kinsey Institute and other human sexuality researchers estimate that the average penis width or thickness (circumference) is about 4 to 5 inches. After unit conversions, simple calculations show that to be a diameter (distance across) of about 1.25 to 1.6 inches, a width about equivalent to an empty roll of scotch tape.

Another survey, performed by David A. Frederick in 2006, suggests that the average (5.5in long, 4.85in circumference) penis is sufficient for most women. His online analysis of 54,865 respondents found that 85 per cent of women were satisfied with their partner's penis size, yet only 55 per cent of the men questioned felt happy about their genitals.

What causes a thin penis?

The following are the major causes of having a thin penis:

By birth: Also known as “congenitally thin penis”, this condition is attributed to some chromosomal abnormality that occurs at the time of conception.

By family: Some people simply take the condition from their forefathers by means of heredity or genes i.e. the condition runs in the family.

Thin phallus without a known cause: In many men, all the hormone growth factors & everything else is normal, still they have small genitalia. This occurs due to the decreased capacity of penile tissue to grow or defective morphogenesis of the penis in uterus during pregnancy so that its growing capacity decreases in later life. This is also one of the common causes of small & thin penis.

Hormonal disorders: This is, perhaps, the most common cause of having a small or thin penis. Following hormonal abnormalities / disorders or deficiency of the following hormones can lead to the development of a “thin penis”.

1 - Hypogonadism leading to underactive testis and hence reduces secretion of testosterone.

2 - Pituitary gland disorders leading to growth hormones deficiency
Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland) leading to thyroid hormones deficiency

Other causes: Other causes of thin penis include infections like mumps, trauma (mechanical injury) and genetic defects.

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