Hormone treatment for micropenis

When the micropenis condition is diagnosed early on (e.g. right after birth), a hormone therapy may be applicable. This hormone treatment usually consists of 3 intramuscular injections  (25-50 mg each), one per month. The main ingredient of these injections is testosterone. Depending on the results, the treatment may or may not be continued.

In most cases the treatment induces some penile growth, which in return may stimulate additional penis growth during puberty. Many times, the treatment results in a normally sized penis during adulthood. On the other hand, sometimes there is no or very small improvement.

Many factors should be first taken into consideration before a doctor applies a hormonal treatment to a male boy with micropenis. Some of these factors include:
  • Medical history and overall health of the boy 
  • Age 
  • The boy's tolerance to certain drugs, therapies, medications and procedures 
  • The extent of the condition (how small the micropenis is) 

Does it work ?

Testosterone treatment for micropenis is medically backed and proven to work.  For example, a 1999 study (Bin-Abbas et al.) demonstrated that 1 or 2 courses of three testosterone injections applied in a monthly basis had a very high success ratio in helping the patients attain an averagely sized penis.

The micropenis condition is commonly accompanied by other conditions as well, that may need to be treated first.  In a few cases, certain accompanying conditions even prohibit the application of a hormonal treatment.

Since testosterone affects penile growth only before - and in a less extent during puberty - a post-pubertal testosterone treatment will yield no or minimal results.

If you are the parent of a boy with micropenis, please be aware that circumcision should be delayed until proper examination (and possibly treatment) has been performed.

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