Sexual Health Q&A

What is a hidden/buried penis?

When a man has a hidden or buried penis, the shaft of his penis is tucked inside the skin of his scrotum, abdomen, or thigh. The penis is still a normal size, but only the tip of it is visible. The condition is sometimes called an inconspicuous or concealed penis.

A buried penis may be congenital (present at birth). It can also happen in adulthood, caused by obesity, aging, and inflammation. Significant weight gain can make it worse, as there is more fat and skin concealing the penis. Men who have gastric bypass surgery may find that their penis becomes hidden by excess skin after the procedure.

Genital lymphedema, a condition in which excessive amount of lymph fluid collects in the genitals, can also lead to a buried penis.

A man with a buried penis may have trouble performing sexually. Erections can be painful and vaginal penetration may not be possible. He may also feel embarrassed about his situation.

Urinary symptoms are common as well. Because the penis cannot be easily accessed, a man may need to sit down to use the toilet.

Good hygiene is often a problem for a man with hidden penis. The area is difficult to keep clean and dry, leaving him prone to bacterial infections.

Weight loss may relieve the condition to some extent. But in more severe cases, surgery becomes necessary.

It’s not known how many adult men have a buried penis. Often, men don’t mention it to their doctors. However, if you are concerned about a hidden penis, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider.