What is Miropenis?
Micropenis is defined as a penis shorter than 2 standard deviations from the mean for the age.
It is also known as Microphallus if there is also an associated Hypospadias (the urethral opening on the penis is not at the tip but somewhere further up the shaft).
How do I know if I have Micropenis?
Micropenis is frequently diagnosed when a boy is very young.
It is frequently associated with other abnormalities of the genitals and even other abnormalities with the hormone levels.
Baby boys with Micropenis often do not develop normally and are therefore diagnosed by their Doctors at a very young age.
When measuring the penis, make sure that you take the measurement from the base. The base of the penis is frequently obscured b pubic fat or hair.
Push the pubic fat down to reveal the true base of the penis. If you do not do this, the penis measurement is inaccurate and will give a shorter measurement.
What causes Micropenis?
Micropenis is caused by a problem along the complex pathway that controls hormone production in the body. This pathway is known as the Hypothalamic-Pituitary Axis.
Frequently, it is the inability to produce Testosterone or convert it to its active form that causes Micropenis.
This can be associated with complex genetic syndromes like Klinefelter Syndrome and Noonan Syndrome.Click here to learn more about Penis Enlargement
How is Micropenis treated?
Micropenis is treated by replacing the Testosterone into the body. This is usually done through 3 to 6 monthly injections.
If the patient does not respond to Testosterone, surgery can be done but this is rare and strongly encouraged to be used only as an extreme last resort.
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