I want to start off by saying that I am proud of my penis. My father was proud of his penis, and his father and father’s father were all proud of their penises. I have my own personal reasons for why, but one thing is for sure. I am proud that I do not suffer from “hypospadias” and that has a lot to do with my penis confidence. So that begs the big question. What exactly is hypospadias? Is it bad for me? Am I going to suffer having this condition? And probably most importantly, what will my potential sexual partners think of it?
Let’s dive in and explain what hypospadias is. Most boys are born with a penis that looks normal and works well. At least the lucky ones, right? But some boys are born with a condition / birth defect, called hypospadias. Hypospadias are very rare (fewer than 20,000 US cases / year) and forms a penis that not only doesn’t work well but also doesn’t look normal. And that is the ultimate double whammy!
Hypospadias is a relatively rare congenital condition where the opening of the penis is on the underside of the organ. Specifically, hypospadias is a condition where the meatus IS NOT at the tip of the penis. Instead, the hole may be any place along the underside of the penis. The meatus (hole) is most often found near the end of the penis (“distal” position). But it may also be found from the middle of the penile shaft to the base of the penis, or even within the scrotum (“proximal” positions). Yes, you read that correctly. This condition is more common in infants with a family history of hypospadias. (Great gene to pass down) The penis may curve down in an infant, and the baby may spray while urinating. It usually requires surgical correction to restore the proper flow of urine. This usually takes place before 18 months of age. It is usually self-diagnosable. It also can last for years, and in many cases your whole life.
Hypospadias usually results from failure of the urinary channel to completely tubularize to the end of the penis, and the cause is not known. Most often, it is the only abnormal finding, although in about 10% of cases, hypospadias may be part of a syndrome with multiple abnormalities. Those are truly the unlucky ones.
At the end of the day, surgery is most likely the only recourse. Much of the surgery is cosmetic, but it also has to deal with changing around the functionality. It usually requires multiple procedures. So the silver lining is that it can be corrected. And that is a blessing. I asked many men that I know, if they would rather have hypaspadias or be two inches. They all said two inches.
So knowing this, make sure to hug your friend or family member that suffers from hypaspadias. They could really use the love. I myself wouldn’t wish hypaspadias on my worst enemy. But I am a sweetheart.