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    Penile Retraction

    My husband has an sci (t12). He is overweight and has penile retraction. He becomes very self conscious when I try to discuss this with him. Can someone please give me some information about this problem. Is there anything that can be done. I don't want to make him feel bad or "different". I really just want information about this. He so open about the rest of his injury and all that goes along with it.

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    "be done" as in what??...

    only 2 things can be done, lose weight, or something more drastic but simple, which is cutting a tendon which 'anchors' said organ to the body.

    said condition is just when fat 'burries' that organ, its all still there, but burried.

    errrr, kind of like burrying a telephone pole under rock..its still there , but hidden.

    the penis is attached to the 'whatchamathing', so, when the fat cells under the skin gets FAT, the skin GROWS out, but the penis remains in same place.

    its the same reason why really skinny guys look "well endowed", and fat guys dont...hehe. theyre both about the same, but the skinny guy is missing the fat which would otherwise "bury" his manhood.....

    i hope that wasnt too graphic

    i saw on tv where a fat guy a small cut made above his member and a ligament was cut which is attached to the pubic bone, when thats performed, it lets the male organ "hang out more", it was an "in and out" cosmetic procedure.

    it was purely cosmetic so the fat guy looked more "out there".

    the only other option are those pump things.

    As a guy, i have to say that men are stooopid when it comes to worrying abou the size of their manhood.

    women worry about their hips and boobs, and men are always worrying their hot-dogs arent big enough .....LOL

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    I have the same problem, the part that I don't like is having to pull it out to pee. I just call it my Turtle now.

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    Senior Member Timaru's Avatar
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    Add in a UTI or a bad cold and you can start looking for work as a female impersonator!

    Or to put it in a more serious vein, if you are feeling unwell (no matter the cause) it goes from retraction to disappearance.

    As another poster has said it's quite natural and nothing can really be done.

    If your husband is embarrassed about it try doing a search for "shrinkage" on here and show him the results, at least he'll know he's far from being alone.
    Last edited by Timaru; 02-01-2007 at 03:56 PM.

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    Hi Caringwife

    UTIs and heavy bacterial colonizations can cause what I've coined as the "Shrinkage Factor". I bet whenever he gets on antibiotics for a UTI he notices that his penis may once again hang, as well as his scrotum and testicles.

    The lower injuries such as T-12s also have a more difficult time getting an erection so that only adds insult to "injury" since less blood gets to the penis all the time.

    Before I would go to see a urologist for a UTI I'd take a few Cipros to avoid that embarrassment. Like ass-backwards! If I had a urologist and nurse(s) who had a case load of SCI'd patients I probably wouldn't mind so much but going to a urologist who is clueless about SCI, well that's another story.

    Try to get hubby on a diet because that would help with his "retraction" problem and would also be much better on his butt as far as pressure sores are concerned.

    In the scheme of the Universe what's an inch or two.... nothing. But in the scheme of a man's penis it can mean the world to him. Funny how life is.


    PS. Of course everything I've written here is anecdotal and in no way reflects upon my own personal experience. I'm sure the same holds true for you too Timaru.
    "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." - Philo of Alexandria

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    I would agree with the above comments. Losing weight will help and resassuring him that it is somewhat common occurrence might ease his mind.


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    Thank you so much for all the advice and information. I have already talked with him about getting on a diet. I agree this will help with pressure sites also. Luckily, with constant monitoring this is not an issue. I think it's mostly an "man thing", meaning it hurts his ego when I want to talk about it. And Bob, your right about the erection issue. That's another ego issue. Even with the pump, there's just not much there and I know this bothers him.

    I look forward to talking with you all more and again, thanks for all the information. I've found this subject tends to be "taboo" when wanting to discuss it. I love him no matter what, but it just boils down to manly pride.

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    Senior Member Tim C.'s Avatar
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    whoa, 'retraction'? is this actually a condition? optical illusion.

    with sci, it's the surrounding body parts that change in proportionl, while
    the center part remains the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caringwife
    Even with the pump, there's just not much there and I know this bothers him.
    Forget the pump -- go chemical (viagra (only one I can personally vouch for), cialis, etc.) That will coax, with a little help, whatever is there out.


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    This is very common in men, especially more noticeable in those who are overweight, but occurs in others also.
    Just one of the facts of life and the individual uniqueness.


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