In this audio piece, three men talk about living with a condition that affects how the penis looks and works.
Hypospadias occurs when the opening that is usually at the tip of the penis is found on the underside. It affects between 1 in 200 and 1 in 300 male babies – yet many of us have never heard of it.
In this audio piece, Chris Chapman meets three men living with hypospadias. James, Paul* and Wilf describe the confusion and shame of growing up different, and the physical and psychological difficulties they continue to face. They also explain how supportive relationships with family, doctors and people on online forums have helped them live better with the condition.
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Warning: This piece contains graphic description of penile surgery.
*Paul’s name has been changed.
Audio producer: Chris Chapman
Art director: Peta Bell
Illustrator: Travis Bedel