The name “Koro” takes its origin from Malay meaning “Head of a Turtle”.
“Doctor, please save me. My penis is shrinking. At this rate it will disappear altogether,” this obese young pleaded tearfully. The man is suffering from a psychological disorder called Koro Syndrome. The name “Koro” takes its origin from Malay meaning “Head of a Turtle”. This condition is also known as Genital Retraction Syndrome (GRS), Penis Panic etc. In China (Cantonese) it is known as “Suo – Yang” meaning Shrinking Penis.
This Syndrome is characterised by the belief that
Not only men, even women suffer from this syndrome. They believe that their breasts and vaginal lips are shrinking and being sucked inside the body. This psychological disorder is associated with occult belief, such as witchcraft or with guilt stemming from false notions about masturbation. The vanishing penis belief has a long and distinguished history. It was first mentioned in the ancient Chinese text The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine dating to 300 B.C. A well documented “Penis Panic” mass hysteria occurred in Singapore in 1967. It took a while before normalcy was restored.
As it happens, men who are extremely obese may find it difficult to locate their penises buried under several layers of fat. Some physiological facts for the panic stricken…
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