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I'm a 39 year old married man with a shrinking penis. When my wife and I were first together (about 20 years ago), she measured me at 6" in length. I would play around and put a toilet paper tube over it to make her laugh. The glans would stick out of the end with about 3/8" of shaft showing past the tube. Well, I did the same thing recently and the head would not even show beyond the tube. I seem to have lost 1-1/2 inches somewhere along the way. Erection strength is still good and hard, no injuries, no excessive weight gain. One theory I'd like to offer is this: My doctor would put me on medication after medication without researching (in my observation) what was wrong. Depression meds were: Zoloft, Welbutrin, Cymbalta. Interestingly, while I was on the Cymbalta, I experienced dizziness, numb extremities (fingers, tongue, and - you guessed it, penis). Additionally, I developed a very painful vein below the head of the penis. It would swell up to about the size of a pencil in width and was roughly 1/2 long. This would last a few days and go away, only to return about a week later. When it would go away, it would feel like my penis was in a vice - a deep, sharp pain lasting about 5 minutes. I asked him about it, he looked at it, scratched his head and said "I don't know, but here, try some Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra." (I took one Viagra out of curiosity and it made my head <the one with eyes, nose, ears...> feel like it was going to explode). When I went off the Cymbalta against his advice, I literally passed out three times in two days. I chose to go off the medication because the side-effects were terrible and did not treat my depression, but the painful vein did go away and has not returned. Next, he put me on Focalin (Mythylphenidate). This seemed to do a lot for my depression/lack of being able to focus, etc. He also put me on 40 mg of Atenolol for high blood pressure. After a few weeks of taking 20 mg of Atenolol in the am and pm, I could no longer get a sustained erection. I cut my dose to 20 mg per day which helped, and I was on it for a year. I am now not on anything due to the fact that I have no doctor (I hear he's "handing out pills" in Saudi Arabia these days), no health insurance (economy), no prescription plan, and am afraid of more side-effects. I've been off the Focalin for about 14 months and off the Alenolol for 7 months. BP is elevated but nothing serious. Would the effects of all of these medications cause my penis to shrink from 6 inches to 4-1/2 inches? I'm not depressed, my sex life is active, my BP's okay, and I get plenty of exercise. Most important, can I ever get the lost length back?
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replied September 16th, 2009
omg. chloe, you are a sad sad low life.
someone who has the guts to come on here and ask about that doesnt deserve to get put down, and we certainly dont stand for that here, and you are most certainly not welcome here.
misterekted, please dont listen to whoever this person is. dont let it get to you. they obviously have to many insecurities themselvs, and to much time on their hands, not enough friends in other words which i can definitally tell why they wouldent.
i have a feeling your problem lies with the meds, they may have steriods in them?. i advise you go to another doctor, one who knows what there talking about.
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replied September 16th, 2009
The SSRI family of antidepressants are notorious for causing ED and I believe they do lower testesterone levels. The long term effects of these meds unless have steroids would decrease penis.

I would suggest do blood tests and a full hormone panel testing Free Testesterone and Total T. Also prostate check and talk about all the meds your taking with your GP or specialist.
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replied September 16th, 2009
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Hey Mistereckted
How much has your weight increased since you were first married?
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replied September 16th, 2009
Wolf,
I was 185 lbs. when married, and am now 200 lbs. My body fat is about 12%, so a lot of the weight is lean body mass. I've never taken steroids, BTW.
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replied September 16th, 2009
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If you had gained substantial weight it could have been an effect on your size. Hormones can affect penile development but very rarely have a substantial impact on it's overall size. Even in cases of serious hormone use you wouldn't see a difference of an inch and a half. Antidepressants very often cause ED but you're describing a full and firm erection that is just shorter than it once was.

I think this is really just an issue of perception. Toilet Paper doesn't come on standardized rolls. Some really are larger, wider than others. Depending on the angle and position you measure from the length of a penis varies. I think you have the same penis you've allways had. You're seeing a smaller penis because you're looking at it differently than you used to.
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replied October 1st, 2009
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hello i don't think it shrank i think you are using a different brand of tissue paper that has a biger tube comparing with the one you've been using before and beside it been 20 years i guess you gain weight abit.
don't focus on it focus on how to be happy its not about the size its about the passion and love. big or small never make us better other things make us .
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replied May 7th, 2013
it truely does happen. outlaw ssri meds (especially on teens)
A doctor put me on prozac and navane when I was 14 (crucial formative period in a child's life.) I now suffer the same shrinking penis that many men suffer and am tired of "experts" saying it's not possible because it is. I also enjoy various intermittant sexual disfunctions and all the signs of overall low T. It has been 17 years since I noticed a problem. Symptoms have increased and compounded over time, and I am just now linking it to that dipshit doctor who messed with my hormones when I was 14with those meds.
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replied May 7th, 2013
I would also like to ask people to stop telling us it can't happen because it most certainly can, don't worry about it, learn to be ok with it, and size doesn't matter. None of you are helping because you don't know. Fortunately for you, you must not be experiencing it. I beg, please stop treating depression with things that take away our manhood, especially for teens. I mean afterall, if we are a little depressed in our teens, how do you think we're going to feel when we're grown up experiencing this? Let's just say I am ready to remove my source of disgrace and destroy it so that it can never embarrass me again. I have already vowed to never let another person see me naked, and I'll never see a doctor for anything again. (This is not my only reason for not trusting doctors.)
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replied July 17th, 2013
I'm a 53 year old man and I've been experiencing this same phenomenon. Like Misterekted, I've tried the toilet paper trick in my past and had the same result: the head of the penis stuck out past the end of the roll. I have a side-view photo someone took of me with an erection about 20 years ago, showing it to be about six and a half inches. Now my shaft is less than four inches long.

My urologist dismissed it by saying, "We can't get it [the length] back, so there's nothing we can do."

I've spoken with my psychiatrist about whether the antidepressants could be playing a part in this, and was told it wasn't possible. In fact, he said he couldn't see how it was physiologically possible for a penis to shrink (essentially telling me it was all in my head).

I have a severe back injury, and asked my pain management doctor whether any of the pain meds I've been on could cause this. Again, I'm told "No."

The only good news is that, by finding this forum, I've learned there are other people experiencing the same problem. The bad news is that doctors seem to be unwilling to address the problem at all.

And to those who think they're being helpful by suggesting it's the size of a toilet paper roll that's changed, or that it's a result of weight gain...

Come on, guys: we're all intimately familiar with our own genitals! To suggest that a loss of two or more inches is due to weight or "we're just looking at it differently" really isn't offering any help.

If you haven't experienced this yourself, or if you don't have clinical expertise, please keep your opinions to yourself. No disrespect intended, but you have nothing concrete to offer the conversation.

Allow those of us who are dealing with the problem and are looking for solutions to do so without dismissive remarks or simplistic answers. Enough of those have already come to us from medical professionals.
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replied September 21st, 2013
Hi guys yeah I'm 39 now and have been on many different drugs for bi polar such as ENDEP
And serraquel and panadene forte for back problems ive noticed my penis has shrunk heaps had my testosterone checked and it's 1.5 and the level should be around 8-25 the dr said. Also my hemoglobin is extremely low and platelets really high. Also have
Put a lot of weight on. Has any one got the same symptoms from these medications
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replied October 13th, 2013
I am in my erly 50s . I had what was called a "heart attack" but a stent was put in and I did not suffer any damage to to heart except i could feel the stent. My penis had always had peculiar characteristics. I was average size (5.5 - 6 inches) but I suffered from delayed ejaculation so I could keep an erection for hours at a time or after a brief intermission i was ready again. Which always brough compliments from the ladies. My erections was hard enough and lleght long enouf to use it as a towal holder so no problems. on 2/11 I had what was a serious heart attack, I recall that period as one of extreme horniness and actually the heart attack came in the middle of sex. After I left the hospital I didnt think about sex at all, medications were many except the statins to wich I had a terrible reaction and which I blame from the misdiagnostic of my first heart attack. I do took antidepressives wellbutrin and clonazepan. I take two medicines for blood pressure my last reading was 90/70 the doc said it was okey . what was not okey was that I started pissing on my feet a quick look attested that the veiny thick strong penis of two years prior was gone. At least 2.5 inches gone. I also notice that the think veins on my arms and hands have disappeared. My doctor hasnt even made an issue that my pulse can hardly be felt. Now with this new discovery that my penis seems to be a shrinking apendage my depression has increased. I HAVE gained weight about 20 lb , but I am a YoYo weight person . I am at 140 and in three months i can be at 170 but my penis had never suffered any symptom before this. I have asked my doc and the typical answer , "be happy youre alive" well I am not if Ilook like a an 8 year old kid. I will not get sent for a testosterone check and my shrink is adamant I should get a different Primary Doctor and cardilologist.
BTW my sexual desires have alowly been increasing but I am deadly afraid to show my shortcoming to a woman. So.. is this medications, weight gain , hormonal or just a fact or getting old.?
thanks all.
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replied November 2nd, 2013
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at 30-31yrs old i went from 165 to 200lbs in just over a years time.I lost over an inch and a half.not trying to put out a simplistic and non-concrete answer,but it is what caused my length,not girth,loss.Being on the diet im on now i am slowly seeing progress.slowly.Best of luck to all of you.
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replied December 14th, 2013
I have had many different medications cause this problem, but when stopped, it would usually return to normal. Antidepressants that i have taken have done this such as: Prozac and Celexa. I have also had blood pressure medications do the same thing, such as atenolol, clonidine. Weight does play a part as well, but to me the medications are worse. It makes me not want to take them anymore, and that's not always an option, especially when your blood pressure is high, then you are looking at heart attack or stroke. I just keep telling my doctor that they don't work and move on to the next one. So for whoever is suffering from this, i can relate and feel your pain. It is for real.
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replied January 18th, 2014
shrinkage and steroids
Fellas, Im 50. I stopped smoking and used chantix to do it. I only took it for two months but my doctor also put me on a blood pressure medication. Im told it had a steroid in it. The Doctor told me he wanted me to lose 35 pounds and drink two beers or glasses of red wine a day to bring my collesteral numbers up. I gained a substancial amount of weight. An extra 35 lbs. I have noticed shinkage, Almost to the point of damn near dissappearance. No pain or swollen veins though. As a young man I was proud ofwhat I had. Now Im ashamed. No meds since 2011 and no return of lost tissue. I dont care anymore. The wife dont want it anymore anyway. Im not any less happy and not at all depressed about it. I just wish I could pee without having to hunt for it?
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replied January 18th, 2014
Fellas, Im 50. I stopped smoking and used chantix to do it. I only took it for two months but my doctor also put me on a blood pressure medication. Im told it had a steroid in it. The Doctor told me he wanted me to lose 35 pounds and drink two beers or glasses of red wine a day to bring my collesteral numbers up. I gained a substancial amount of weight. An extra 35 lbs. I have noticed shinkage, Almost to the point of damn near dissappearance. No pain or swollen veins though. As a young man I was proud ofwhat I had. Now Im ashamed. No meds since 2011 and no return of lost tissue. I dont care anymore. The wife dont want it anymore anyway. Im not any less happy and not at all depressed about it. I just wish I could pee without having to hunt for it?
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replied January 18th, 2014
Fellas, Im 50. I stopped smoking and used chantix to do it. I only took it for two months but my doctor also put me on a blood pressure medication. Im told it had a steroid in it. The Doctor told me he wanted me to lose 35 pounds and drink two beers or glasses of red wine a day to bring my collesteral numbers up. I gained a substancial amount of weight. An extra 35 lbs. I have noticed shinkage, Almost to the point of damn near dissappearance. No pain or swollen veins though. As a young man I was proud ofwhat I had. Now Im ashamed. No meds since 2011 and no return of lost tissue. I dont care anymore. The wife dont want it anymore anyway. Im not any less happy and not at all depressed about it. I just wish I could pee without having to hunt for it?
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