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Dear Mirror: Op made me less of a man; LETTER OF THE DAY.

Byline: Miriam Stoppard

Dear Miriam

I'M a 28-year-old man and a couple of years ago I had an injury to my penis which became infected and very swollen. It was so swollen that my foreskin wouldn't pull back.

When I went to hospital they found antibiotics had no effect, so they decided on circumcision as it was the only way to get to the damaged area. By this time they were getting a little worried about the condition of my penis.

After my operation, everything seemed fine except my erections are at least one inch shorter and I feel very embarrassed about it.

What I want to know is can my normal erections be restored or will I just have to learn to live with it?

YOUR own doctor or specialist is in a much better position than I am to give you a reliable opinion but try to remember, it's so much better to still have a penis than to have lost it altogether.

The size of an erect penis doesn't matter as much as your technique. If you're worried about being able to please women sexually, you should know that a small penis in no way prevents a man from pleasing a woman. As the old saying goes, "It's not the size of the wand, but the magic in it."

However, a shrinking penis comes to all men because a person's body loses some of its elasticity with age. Your penis depends on the elasticity of erectile tissue to swell into an erection by filling with blood. As you lose elasticity in the rest of your body, you also lose it in your penis - it will not hang as low when flaccid, nor become as erect when aroused.

The size of your erection also depends on the amount of blood flowing into your penis. If your arteries become blocked by hardening of the arteries, your erection won't be as stiff or as long as it used to be. In the Viagra era that we live in, most men know that impotence can result from this. What they often don't know is that prior to impotence, some decrease in size and rigidity of erections may occur; medication might help you return to your former glory, so speak to your doctor.

Stomach fat is probably the most common cause of a "disappearing penis". As you age, a fat pad swells around the base of the shaft so that less of the penis will be visible, giving the distinct impression that it's shrinking.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 1, 2004
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