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I am 21 years old and I believe that my penis has shrunk in size. My penis is 3 inches flaccid and 7 inches erect. However when I was younger I remember my penis being 7.5 inches erect. Sometimes it was close to 8 inches in length.

I was wondering if your penis can shrink at my age. And if not are there any other reasons why penis looks like it has shrunk in size. And are there ways to fixing the problem.

Answer
Justin:

It is exceedingly unlikely that the penis has actually shrunk.  What usually happens is that the tissue around the base of the penis has thickened so it appears smaller.   Regardless, there are no safe ways to "fix" the problem or make the penis larger. Sorry.

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Stephen W. Leslie, MD

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Questions concerning erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and prostate disorders including prostate cancer. I have a special interest in kidney stone disease prevention.

Experience

Full time practicing urologist with 30 years experience. Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Urology at Creighton University Medical Center. Editor in Chief of eMedicine Urology internet textbook. Author of only NIH approved book written for patients by a urologist on the subject of kidney stones "The Kidney Stones Handbook". Inventor of the "Parachute" and "Escape" kidney stone baskets and the "Calculus" stone prevention analysis computer program.

Organizations
American Urological Association, Ohio State Medical Association, Sexual Medicine Society

Publications
Men's Health, Journal of Urology, Urology, Healthwatch Magazine, Emergency Medicine Monthly, eMedicine, "The Kidney Stones Handbook", and numerous articles in various newspapers. He is also the editor of the Urology Board Review by McGraw-Hill used by urologists to study for their Board Certification Examinations.

Education/Credentials
Graduate of New York Medical College with residencies completed at Metropolitan Hospital New York, Albany Medical Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Awards and Honors
Thirlby Award of the American Urological Association. Rated as one the country's Best Urologists by the Independent Consumer's Research Institute

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