Bifid penis

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Man showing signs of hypospadias, including a bifid penis

A bifid penis (or double penis) is a rare congenital defect where two genital tubercles develop.[1][2]

Historically, males born with a bifid penis often underwent sex reassignment surgery, due to the difficulty of penile reconstruction. They were raised as girls, and often had reconstructive surgery to make them phenotypically female, coupled with female hormone replacement therapy. However, in recent years, this practice has fallen under heavy scrutiny due to both a high frequency of sexual dysfunction in gender converted children, and more advanced penile reconstruction techniques.[3]

Many male marsupials naturally have a bifid penis, with left and right prongs that they insert into multiple vaginal canals simultaneously.[4]

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  1. ^ Lewis, Keeta D. & Bear, Bonnie (2002). Manual of school health. Elsevier Health Sciences. p. 161. ISBN 978-0-7216-8521-2. 
  2. ^ Jones, Richard E. & López, Kristin H. (2006). Human reproductive biology (3rd ed.). Academic Press. p. 145. ISBN 978-0-12-088465-0. 
  3. ^ Puri, Prem & Höllwarth, Michael (2009). Pediatric Surgery: Diagnosis and Management. Springer. pp. 639–640. ISBN 978-3-540-69559-2. 
  4. ^ Vaughan, Terry A.; et al. (2010). Mammology. Jones & Bartlett. p. 389. ISBN 978-0-7637-6299-5.