Let’s face it: given a choice, most men would opt to be granted a humongous member, even knowing full well that male organ size does not have anywhere near the effect on sensual satisfaction that manhood skill and male organ health do. Most men, especially given society’s emphasis on the subject, can’t help but equate a big member with virility and sensual appeal and a small manhood with…well, not femininity but certainly not with impressive sensual conquests. Fear of possessing a small manhood can be compounded when a man develops koro, a condition in which he believes his manhood may actually be shrinking or in danger of shrinking. |
Also known as retraction syndrome (GRS), koro describes a condition in which a person has an overwhelming, almost unshakeable belief that their male equipment is shrinking, possibly to the point of actually disappearing from view. (In women, it may manifest as a belief that the chest is shrinking). Sometimes in men the fear is not that the member is shrinking but that it is in danger of being removed, either through manual removal or some other, often supernatural means.
Koro is a Malaysian term (meaning "head of the turtle") that was first used in the 16th century. However, the concept of a belief that the manhood is shrinking is much older and has appeared in many different cultures. It also is not something relegated to ancient beliefs or naïve people. Instances of koro have been documented in Europe, Africa and the United States in more modern times.
Sometimes koro can seem to "take hold" of a region during a period of time, resulting in significant numbers of men believing a small manhood is in their future. This becomes a "manhood panic," with mass numbers of males fearing for their members.
Koro is considered a psychological issue and is included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. That means if a man actually has a member which is shrinking, he most likely does not have koro; if, however, if he has delusions of a shrinking manhood or irrational fears that a small manhood is in his future and no physical reasons for this fear, he is classified as afflicted by koro.
In some cases, the anxiety related to koro can be very high, bringing about feelings of panic, stress, worry, anger and other emotions. These can manifest in physical issues, including depression, loss of sleep, fatigue, etc. Some men believe that the perceived male organ shrinkage will end in their deaths, which can create possible suicidal or violent tendencies.
The cause of koro can vary. It may result from a belief in the supernatural, for instance, or it can come about because a man (or a group of men) feels disempowered by the society or culture in which they live. Sometimes guilt may come into play, especially if a man has been brought up to be ashamed of sensual feelings or self-pleasuring.
If a man has a fear that his manhood is shrinking, he should first consult a doctor to rule out any possible physical reasons why actual shrinkage might be occurring (e.g., Peyronie’s disease, obesity causing part of the member to be hidden beneath fat, etc.). If there is no physical reason, he should consult with a mental health professional who can help devise strategies to address his small manhood anxiety.
Koro exemplifies the unfounded dread with which too many men approach a small manhood. Member health is of far more importance, and that can be more easily maintained via daily application of a first class male organ health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Look for a crème with a range of vitamins, including A, B5, C, D and E, to boost male organ health. It should also contain an amino acid known as L-arginine, which is part of the process by which manhood blood vessels help stay relaxed and open to accommodate greater intakes of blood.
Visit www.menshealthfirst.com for more information about treating common male organ health problems, including soreness, redness and loss of male organ sensation. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men's health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.
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