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What is Koro Syndrome?

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Do you wake up every day with a feeling of dread when you pull down your boxer shorts in a morning? You look at your penis and think to yourself, has it gotten smaller? Is my penis shrinking? Should I get a penis enlargement? While it may sound like something out of a horror movie, some people have to live with the reality of Koro Syndrome.

Koro Syndrome, or as it is sometimes referred to in Europe, Genital Retraction Syndrome is a rare psychiatric disorder that is defined by anxiety and a deep fear of the shrinking of genitalia into the body until it disappears. Though no actual shrinkage of genitalia occurs, the psychological effect on the body is both physical and mental.

For women who have Koro Syndrome, the syndrome manifests itself as a deep fear of the nipples retracting into the breasts.  However, Koro Syndrome primarily affects men, with the common occurrence being a deep fear of the shrinking of the penis and retraction into the abdominal until they disappear, resulting in death.

One of the common symptoms of Koro Syndrome is anxiety attacks occurring as a result of fear, despite there being no physical shrinkage of the genitalia. Victims of Koro Syndrome can express concern that they are losing sexual ability, changing gender or even becoming a eunuch.

However, there is a way to treat Koro Syndrome. Historically, chronic cases of Koro Syndrome have been treated with psychotherapy and sexual education to reassure the victim that their genitalia is in fact, not shrinking. In most cases of Koro Syndrome, this will alleviate the victim’s fear over time and help them to recover.

After talking with your doctor should you still feel insecure about the size of your penis, perhaps look at our available range of penile implants and non-surgical options for penis enlargement and girth enhancement.

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