As any man who has taken a dip in an icy cold lake can attest, there is such a thing as male organ shrinkage. But, aside from some �normal� shrinkage which may or may not come with age � the jury is still out on its prevalence � manhood shrinkage is typically short term, as in the case of swimming in icy cold water. Although having a small member in no way affects male organ health, some men can be so hung up on the size of their member that they may go to extremes in worrying about it.
This can lead to �koro,� a situation in which a man worries that his big member is becoming smaller and smaller � and may shrink away altogether.
�Koro� comes from a Malaysian word meaning �the head of a turtle� and it’s an apt name. A turtle’s head does bear a certain resemblance to a manhood, and since turtles are known to withdraw their heads so they disappear into the shell, it’s easy to see why this name would apply to a fear that a guy’s member is shrinking away to nothing.
Examples of koro go back for centuries, at least to 300 BC. Usually, the shrinkage fear is extreme, with the belief not the man will have a small member, but that he will have no manhood whatsoever and that somehow his death will occur as a result.
It’s generally classified as a psychological disorder, and one which can inexplicably appear in groups of men at the same time, a form of mass hysteria. It is often associated with a belief that an outside force, such as witchcraft or a chemical secretly dispersed by an enemy, is behind it. Many psychologists posit that it may be related to instances in which a man (or group of men) are feeling disempowered by society or circumstance. There may also be an element of guilt involved, such as shame about self-gratifying.
While it may seem koro is nothing but an unfortunate delusion, it can have some drastic real world consequences. In one area in which a man claimed witches had made his manhood disappear, a group of missionaries were blamed and burned to death.
The hysterical nature of koro makes it seem all too real to those who suffer from it � and makes them feel genuinely panicked and in fear for their lives.
There is absolutely no reason to believe that actual incidences of koro � that is, real manhood shrinkage leading to death � have ever occurred. But can real member shrinkage of a more modest kind occur?
Yes, in fact, although the frequency and severity of the shrinkage is generally not so severe. For example, if a man has Peyronie’s disease, which causes unnatural bending of the member, there may be a loss of some length. This is because the bending may restrict tissue stretching, making the organ a little shorter than it would otherwise be.
Similarly, when men have tumescence issues, it may be that their firm male organs are somewhat shorter. This can happen when the dysfunction does not prevent tumescence from happening but does impact how �full� the firmness is.