18-year experience in the management of men with a complaint of a small penis

J Sex Marital Ther. 2010;36(2):109-17. doi: 10.1080/00926230903554438.


In many cultures, the erect penis has been a symbol of masculine qualities. Because of this symbolism, a penis that is less than average size can cause insecurity or embarrassment. This series reports the authors' 18-year experience in the management of 60 men with a complaint of a small penis. For 44 of these 60 men, counseling was sufficient; the other 16 had surgery, and of these, 9 were satisfied with the result. Despite limitations, the authors conclude that those men who already achieve a penis length of no less than 7.5 cm (2.95 in) in erection, have only limited benefit from penis-enhancing surgery. This particular patient category should therefore be dissuaded from surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Body Image
  • Counseling
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Penile Diseases / therapy*
  • Penile Erection*
  • Penis / anatomy & histology*
  • Self Concept
  • Young Adult