Penile size and the 'small penis syndrome'

BJU Int. 2007 Jun;99(6):1449-55. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2007.06806.x. Epub 2007 Mar 12.


The male is often troubled by concerns that his penis is not large enough to satisfy his partner or himself. He is ashamed to have others view his penis, especially in the flaccid state. Such concerns might be unfounded in reality and might be a presentation of social anxiety or some other clinical problem, such as erectile dysfunction. Concern over the size of the penis, when such concern becomes excessive, might present as the 'small penis syndrome', an obsessive rumination with compulsive checking rituals, body dysmorphic disorder, or as part of a psychosis. However, it is often a worry that can be described as within the normal experience of many men. Various potential causal factors are considered. A thorough assessment, normalizing the worry and then exploring the treatment options in detail with the man, is essential to allow the matter to be consolidated satisfactorily within the male ego.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Body Image*
  • Body Weights and Measures / psychology
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Penile Erection / psychology*
  • Penis / anatomy & histology*
  • Penis / surgery
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / psychology*
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / surgery
  • Syndrome