NEW YORK (MainStreet) – Guys, what would you pay to fix a micropenis? For one man in Australia, the answer is $100,000 and a mortgage on his house.

"Mike" in Australia spoke with a local news network about what life has been like with a penis less than three inches long.

"It has prevented me from doing or experiencing a lot of things," he told ninemsn. "I haven't experienced proper relationships. I found it difficult to talk to girls."

When he did, he found it hard to hold a relationship down.

"I didn't lose my virginity until I was 24 when I had a girlfriend for three months," he says. "I'd happily be less intelligent, lose a few IQ points and have a bigger penis."

"I am now diagnosed bipolar and have pretty bad bouts of depression," he added. "My sex drive has diminished due to the anti-depressants."

But Mike, 32, isn't taking his condition lying down. He is preparing for a second round of surgery in December to fix the problem after a first attempt at "lengthening and widening" failed. The first round of surgery, which resulted in "some retraction," cost $45,000 that Mike raised by mortgaging his house. The second surgery, scheduled for December, could cost as much as $50,000 but is necessary to compete in what Mike describes as a "sausage fest" of a town. Finding help for his condition hasn't been easy.

"It's difficult to have a conversation about it that doesn't descend into smut," he said. "There are not many people I can talk to about it. I don't bother explaining it to most people or even bringing it up."

"My mum took me to a paediatrician, [sic] and made the mistake of mentioning that I was small," he said. "The [female] paediatrician [sic] said, 'Alright, let's have a look.' When she saw it she said, 'I've seen smaller.' And that was that. Obviously I never grew, so that was a massive f--- up."

While having an actual micropenis is rare, many men seek to medically augment their thunder. Sydney reconstructive surgeon Peter Laniewski told Ninemsn that he counsels many patients seeking penis enlargement, often because they simply over-estimate the average size.

"You get a lot of young men who watch a bit of porn and don't realise [sic] the men are chosen for their particular strengths." Dr. Laniewski says. "We have to say, 'Look, you're actually in the normal range.' But it's important to note that penis size does not correlate with fertility."

--Written for MainStreet by Eric Reed, a freelance journalist who writes frequently on the subjects of career and travel. You can read more of his work at his website www.wanderinglawyer.com.