The shrinking penis – And what you can do to avoid it

Men, if you make the decision to undergo treatment for prostate cancer, you could find yourself less of a man than you used to be——and in a very real, and horrifyingly visible, way.

It’s penis shrink——yes, penis shrink——and it’s an actual side effect of mainstream prostate treatments. And while your own doctor almost certainly won’t bother to mention it to you, it’s shockingly common.

One recent study tries to make it seem as if it’s not that “big” of a deal, showing up in just 3.7 percent of men treated with surgery and 2.7 percent of men given radiation therapy combined with androgen depravation therapy (aka chemical castration——how’s that for a scary pair words?).

First, neither 3.7 percent nor 2.7 percent are what I’d call rare. Rare is 1 in a million. These numbers are closer to 1 in 30.

And second, this new study didn’t track penis measurements before and after surgery. The researchers didn’t ask men to measure themselves or even ask if they felt shorter.

In fact, size wasn’t mentioned at all by the researchers or doctors involved in the study. These numbers——3.7 percent and 2.7 percent——represent the number of men who randomly volunteered that information, on their own and entirely unprompted.

I’m stunned any of the guys mentioned it at all. A smaller penis isn’t exactly information most men would willingly volunteer, even to a doctor, and even after prostate surgery.

So let me give you the REAL numbers, because there have been other studies on this——studies that show about 70 percent of men who undergo mainstream prostate treatment suffer from a noticeably smaller penis afterward.

On average, the loss is about a third of an inch. That may not sound like much, but a recent study finds the average length of an erect penis is about 5.1 inches——meaning that third of an inch is a loss of about 15 percent of total length.

And in some men, the loss is far bigger——they suffer from a penis shortened by as much as 1.5 inches!

Not surprisingly, men who suffer from penis shrink are 2.36 times more likely to experience relationship problems and 3.37 times more likely to regret their treatment. Wouldn’t you?

On the other hand, if your penis can actually get erect enough to measure, you should thank your lucky stars——because a smaller package isn’t the worst of the side effects of prostate surgery. Not a by a long shot (or a slightly shorter shot, for that matter).

No, many men report incontinence, impotence or both. These side effects are common and often lasting. And in far too many cases, they’re permanent.

But you don’t have to put up with the indignity of a limp and leaky penis, and you certainly don’t need to tolerate the shame and embarrassment of a shrunken man-part——because most prostate tumors are 100 percent harmless and need no treatment at all.

Most of these tumors grow so slowly that they would never harm a man during a normal human lifespan. That’s why the dramatic rise in prostate cancer surgeries in recent decades hasn’t made so much as a dent in the disease’s overall death rate.

And if you do have one of the rare tumors that need treatment——the aggressive and advanced cancers that can hurt or even kill you——you’ve got much better options than chemical or surgical castration.

Work closely with a naturopathic physician experienced in cancer care to find the approach best for you. I recommend a skilled member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine. Call 1-800-532-3688 or visit them online at to locate a doctor in your area.