To be filed under “don’t try this at home”, a man in Pakistan has managed to double his penis size by taking testosterone injections for nine months. The 34-year-old man was treated for a condition in which his body does not produce enough of the hormone, meaning his penis had not developed as is normal.
The man presented himself to the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi for treatment. He initially sought help for the fact that he could not grow a beard, armpit hair, or pubic hair, in addition to the fact that he felt he was having fewer morning erections than would be expected. It turned out that he also had a very small penis – equivalent in size to a 12 year old – and absent ejaculations.
He was diagnosed with a condition known as hypogonadism, which in simple terms is the inability to produce enough testosterone, although it is unusual for a man to be diagnosed with the condition so late in life.
The condition can arise during fetal development, in which case the genitals of the genetically male infant can end up developing to look like a vagina, can be ambiguous, or can simply be underdeveloped in general. The condition can also occur later in life, and if this happens before or during puberty, it can lead to a lack of growth in facial and body hair, reduced size of the penis and testicles, and even a failure of the voice to “drop”.
The patient, as described in the British Medical Journal Case Reports, was displaying a number of these symptoms. After initially assessing him for his concerns about his hair, the doctors found that his penis was only 5 centimeters (1.9 inches) long when stretched, about the same length as a pre-pubescent boy. His testicles were also around half the size they should be for a man of his age.
After testing his testosterone levels, they found them to be 55.99 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL), far below the average male levels in the region of 270-1,070 ng/dL. To try and address this, they placed him on a course of hormone injections over a period of nine months.
At the end of his treatment, they found that his penis length had almost doubled in size to 9.5 centimeters (3.7 inches) long, and his testicle size had also doubled in size to 20 milliliters. The doctors think that while there are not many cases of men waiting so long to be diagnosed with such a condition, this patient is probably not the only one.
Either way, I think it’s safe to say that unless you actually have the condition, this is probably not something you should try at home.