What Should You Do If You Have Small Penis Syndrome?

It's a variety of anxiety disorder that can affect men's lives in a big way.
ILLUSTRATOR BRYLE B. SURALTA

Feelings of inadequacy when it comes to sex are normal from time to time. But when they become much more apparent, it can manifest in much darker ways. It can lead to social anxiety or clinical disorders like erectile dysfunction or, in worse cases, suicidal ideation.

Men, whether consciously or subconsciously, are also plagued by the common concern of their member not being big enough to satisfy their partners. Unhealthy views on penis size, most of the time, are unfounded, as well.

It might be a case of small penis syndrome, too. Small penis syndrome can be defined as this anxiety a guy feels about his size, even if it really shouldn't be a point of concern. 

More often than not, these come from ludicrous expectations brought about by watching too much pornography or even the pitfalls of popular culture. Small penis syndrome also navigates through a lot of psycho-social parameters.

The first of which is the basic issue of someone's penis being, well, small. Back in 2017, a Millennial sex survey conducted by SKYN Condoms found that the average penis size is at about 6.1 inches when erect. This grew from a 2015 estimate of 5.6 inches. Globally, only about 0.6 percent of the male population has a micropenis.

For men with small penis syndrome, statistics or advice won't comfort them. These people have an excessive obsession with their size, causing dysmorphic disorders or, at times, psychosis. In the case of MentalHelp.net, it has received a lot of inquiries from men about small penis syndrome even if those individuals in question actually have average penises. Yet, their worries still persist.

So how does someone address this, especially if a guy has grew restless or hopeless in dealing with the predicament? We can't just rely on penis enlargement surgery, after all. To be sure, talking to a therapist or psychiatrist is a good place to start.

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It's always important to first identify the possible root cause. A professional can definitely help in this regard. Those who think they have small penis syndrome should be willing to find out if it's a social phobia or a body image disorder. It is something that stems from childhood or a certain traumatic experience?

They might also simply be victims of idealized views or misinformed, pre-conceived notions of what women want in a partner. Sometimes, it can be brought about by plain narcissism and a fear of rejection.

We should always strive to be sex positive, too. And for a man to be sex positive, he must first learn to communicate these things with their partners and even to his friends or professionals. Establishing what both parties want from an encounter should be a top priority. This should help with more positive views of men's and women's bodies. Setting boundaries is equally important, as well. Talking about each other's performance could also have positive efffects, if done properly.

Ultimately, mental health and sex positivity have a direct correlation. The healthier men can view themselves, the healthier they can be toward sex, women, and life.

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