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Urology/Penile Raphe Curvature


I understand that this may not be in your area of expertise, but I am asking for a professional opinion regarding the shape of my penile raphe.
The line under my penis, the Penile Raphe, I believe it's called is curved. It starts of pretty straight before it begins to curve off to the left (from above). It then turns back to the correct place, below the meatus. Bare in mind this curve doesn't cause me any problems and is not too 'extreme'. I also don't have any rotation or torsion of the actual head of the penis. My penis is a good size, has no bends or anything and has a good amount of foreskin. But this curvy raphe is making me very self conscious. I've read lots of articles on the internet about this, which have all said that this is a normal occurrence and is nothing to worry about. But I worry about the way it looks, and it makes me worried to have sex in the future. I am 15 now and would really like to sort this problem out, weather it's a mental or physical one. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


The median raphe in the scrotum and penis may appear to be curved and not straight.  This is of no significance and is not something that is typically considered a cosmetic defect.  Attempting to try and fix this surgically would cause far more harm than just leaving it alone.  I can assure you that it is not likely to be noticed by your future sexual partners.  You can certainly talk to your personal physician about this if it continues to bother you.


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Stephen W. Leslie, MD


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


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.

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

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.

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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