Can you reverse penile shrinkage with age ?
As a man gets older, his penis and testicles will experience some shrinkage.
While that may be a fact, that doesn’t mean nothing can’t be done to fix it.
For instance, several factors can decrease the size of the penis and most of them, can be improved upon!
Usually, penis changes are smaller than an inch and shouldn’t affect your sexual life.
(If it does, you may be suffering from an ED and it would be advised to consult your GP or a sexologist)
So… what are the steps to reverse penile shrinkage with age?
What Can Cause Penile Shrinkage?
Besides ageing, penile shrinkage can be caused by being overweight, prostate surgery and in rare cases, a curving of the penis (otherwise known as Peyronie’s disease).
When it comes to age, the size of your penis and testicles can decrease due to a build-up of fatty deposits in your arteries – which leads to a reduced blood flow towards that area.
Over time, the muscles around that area will become less efficient and of course, since erections need a good blood flow, your erections may not be as good as they once were.
Additionally, scarring to your penis – from repeated small injuries from sex or sports – can cause a build-up of scar tissue. This can reduce the size of your penis and limit an optimal erection.
Weight gain can give you the illusion that your penis is shorter. In very obese men, abdomen fat can entirely engulf most of the penis.
Prostate surgery can lead to a mild to moderate shortening of a penis.
What’s the cause behind this?
The theory is that abnormal muscular contractions pull the penis farther into the body. In turn, this can lead to difficult erections and a lack of oxygen from a diminished blood flow. In consequence, some muscle cells can shrink.
Finally, Peyronie’s disease happens when the penis develops an extreme curvature that can make intercourse painful or impossible. In this case, surgery is required to remove some scar tissue causing the disease – which can lead to a smaller willy.
When it comes to prostate and Peyronie’s disease surgeries, not much can be done to reverse penile shrinkage.
However, if your penis is smaller due to ageing and/or weight gain, several things can improve its size!
5 Steps to Reverse Penile Shrinkage with Age
A Healthy Diet
A healthy diet is key to overall health and sexual health is no exception.
Furthermore, if you are overweight or obese consider losing the extra weight. This will help you lose any fat deposits found around the penile area and thus, significantly improve sexual function.
Additionally, weight-loss will improve blood flow towards your precious and decrease stress on your groin.
Similarly, even if your weight is within the healthy range, improving your diet will also boost blood circulation and lead to improved erections.
Finally, the quote “you are what you eat” also applies in the sexual area.
As such, make sure to eat plenty of sexual-boosting foods such as cruciferous (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, etc.), dark chocolate, nuts, healthy fats (extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, etc.) and enough quality protein.
Regular Physical Activity
Physical activity is an absolute necessity to keep your body as young as possible!
Make sure to exercise – at least – 3 times a week for a minimum of 45 minutes, if not more.
Ideally, to boost your testosterone production and blood flow, alternate between cardiovascular exercise and resistance training.
Think of physical activity as the thing that will not only maintain your health but also, improve it long term.
Finally, make sure to stay well hydrated by consuming 8 to 10 glasses of water daily (and more if you have been sweating profusely).
Dehydration causes your tissues to contract and a decrease in blood flow.
Putting a Halt to Smoking
Whether you dab into chain smoking or have an occasional cigarette, you may want to seriously consider stopping.
Smoking has a profound impact on overall health and blood flow. Also, it can lead to erectile dysfunction and shrinkage. (1)
In order to have a firm erection, you need sufficient blood flow. However, smoking leads to atherosclerosis in blood vessels, a disease that significantly impacts overall blood flow.
Moreover, some chemicals in smoke and nicotine can cause blood vessels to be narrower.
As such, smoking cessation will improve blood flow, erections and overall health.
Avoiding Excessive Drinking
Unlike smoking, you don’t need to stop drinking to see improvements. However, reducing alcohol consumption can significantly improve your sexual life.
Excessive drinking can interfere with the nerve signals that prevent blood from leaving the penis. As a result, it becomes very difficult to rise…to the occasion.
Additionally, alcohol can dull pleasure and in some cases, it can even lead to permanent nerve damage!
Finally, chronic drinking can reduce testosterone levels, which can in turn decrease libido, lower sperm count and lead to penile shrinkage.
Having Regular Sex
Lack of sex can lead to penile shrinkage!
Research has shown that long periods of impotence or celibacy can result in a decrease of the penis size. (2)
As such, maintaining a healthy sex life is key to make sure your best mate stays as healthy as possible.
If you struggle finding a partner, consider Internet dating or find a new “social” hobby that allows you to meet new people.
The cure to your shrinkage may be more sex! Isn’t that perfect?!
This article “5 steps to reverse penile shrinkage with age” was written by Michael King.
(1) Association Between Cigarette Smoking And Erectile Tumescence: The Mediating Role Of Heart Rate Variability. Christopher B., Cindy M. Meston. International Journal of Impotence Research. 2013
(2) Comparing Penile Measurements in Normal and Erectile Dysfunction Subjects. Ihab Kamel, Ihab Kamel, Amr Gadalla, Hussein Ghanem, Mohamed Oraby. The Journal of Sexual Medicine. 2009