Penile Length: Natural History, Preservation, and Recovery

  • Natan P. Davoudzadeh
  • Peter J. Stahl
  • Doron S. StemberEmail author
Part of the Contemporary Endocrinology book series (COE)


Penile size has historically been an important preoccupation for adult men. Penile size has been associated with virility and strength for millennia; conversely, the perception of small size has long been a source of apprehension and anxiety. Penile size, especially during erection, is a symbol of masculinity and of great importance for some men. In this chapter, we discuss how to accurately measure adult penile length and illustrate average penile length from various previous studies in the literature. This chapter also explores the effects that various urological diseases and therapies have on penile length, namely erectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s disease, and radical prostatectomy. We finally discuss strategies for penile size preservation in addition to penile lengthening procedures.


Penile size Peyronie’s Erectile dysfunction Radical prostatectomy Penile lengthening 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Natan P. Davoudzadeh
    • 1
  • Peter J. Stahl
    • 2
  • Doron S. Stember
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of UrologyMount Sinai HospitalNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of UrologyColumbia University Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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