Obesity warning: Failing to lose weight could cause THIS problem with your genital area

Obesity is a risk factor for heart disease and many cancers - and it also be responsible for a shrinking penis.

Small penises can be a considerable source of distress to men, particularly if it appears as though it is shrinking by the month.

A condition called buried penis - or hidden penis - is where the penis is a normal size but it is hidden under the skin of the abdomen, thigh, or scrotum.

It is also defined as where the penis does not extend outside the body.

The main symptom is noticing that your penis is getting shorter and shorter.

There are a number of causes according to the Cleveland Clinic.

One is an abnormality at birth which means the ligaments that attach the penis to underlying structures may be weaker than usual.

It could also be due to morbid obesity, because excess fat around the abdomen and genital area can make the penis appear to be hidden.

Additionally, it may be because of something called lymphedema.

This is swelling around the scrotum area due to the collection of lymph fluid that could cause the penis to become buried.

You could also lose penis length after surgery for conditions like prostate cancer, where radical prostatectomies can shorten it by around an inch.

As well as self-esteem issues, buried penis may lead to other physical problems.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, boys and men may be unable to urinate while standing, or even sitting, without getting drops of urine on the skin of the scrotum or thighs.

This means infections in the urinary tract and the genital area are common, and the skin covering the head of the penis may become inflamed. 

What’s more, men may be unable to get an erection, and if they can, it may be painful or difficult to penetrate a vagina.

There are a number of treatment options, including surgery, medications, weight loss and psychological counselling.

It is important to see a doctor about a buried penis because decades of chronic inflammation - caused by infection from struggling to keep it clean - could lead to penile cancer. 

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