Dr. Narayana Reddy, noted sexologist based in Chennai, southern India, talks of a psychological disorder called Koro Syndrome or Genital Retraction Syndrome.
He says, This Syndrome is characterized by the belief that
• Penis is shrinking.
• It will eventually be absorbed into the body and disappear.
• It will cause death.
Not only men, even women suffer from this syndrome. They believe that their breasts and vaginal lips are shrinking and being sucked inside the body.
This psychological disorder is associated with occult belief, such as witchcraft or with guilt stemming from false notions about masturbation.
A well documented "Penis Panic" mass hysteria occurred in Singapore in 1967. As the panic spread, hospitals were inundated with people worried that their penises were shrinking into their bodies.
Many resorted to pegs, clamps and even a constant grip from concerned family members attempting to prevent the organ from "vanishing" entirely! It took a while before normalcy was restored.
Possibly some extremely obese men may find it difficult to locate their penises buried under several layers of fat. Similarly those suffering from huge hydroceles may have their penises almost lost in the massive scrotal enlargement.
That is all there to it, nothing more.
• Once the penis has grown to its adult size, it will NOT shrink
• Penis has no bone. It has only spongy tissues. Its size depends on the amount of blood staying in the tissue spaces at any given moment. So the size tends to vary from time to time.
• Penis is like a coiled spring. It may become stretched longer when one is sexually aroused, but remain compressed otherwise.
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