Many men worry about penis size, particularly if their penis appears to become smaller over time. The reality is that flaccid penis size may have nothing to do with erect penis size and, of course, penis size has absolutely nothing to do with masculinity. But, nevertheless, it is true that your penis may shrink as you get older, usually for completely benign reasons.
Yes. It’s true. Your penis may get smaller as you grow older. The penis has, in fact, been known to shrink a little as time goes on as a result of decreased blood flow and testosterone. To get into specifics, sexuality professionals say that as a man approaches his 60s, he may actually lose from a centimetre up to a centimetre and a half in length.
Some men also gain a bit of weight in the belly area as they grow older and, as a result, their penis can appear smaller without it actually being smaller. This is because excess belly fat can flop down and extend out over the base of the penis, making it appear shorter.
Research has also shown that long periods of impotence can result in some loss of size to your manhood. This is something men are more likely to struggle with as they get older, though there are many men who grapple with erectile dysfunction even at a younger age.
Outside of the normal passage of time effects, there are medical conditions that can result in a shrinking penis. Perhaps the most common of these conditions is prostate surgery, which very often results in penis shrinkage of about half an inch for a flaccid penis and about 1 inch for a stretched penis. In addition, certain medications can lead to a shrinking penis.
Fortunately, most women don’t care too much about length, its usually the girth that matters for them and, in some cases, if the penis is especially large, it can cause discomfort for your sexual partner. So, while the loss in length can be distressing, especially if you were not expecting it, you should feel secure. Knowing that there are so many ways to ensure a fulfilling sex life, and penis length doesn’t rank highly on that list. That said, however, there are some basic tips for regaining or retaining penis size:
- If you are overweight, lose weight. This will reduce the appearance of a shrinking penis.
- If you are on medications, review them carefully to determine if any are on the list above. If so, ask your doctor about appropriate substitutions.
- Exercise can actually help with penis size because it improves blood flow.
- Drinking plenty of water can make a difference to penis size.
- Avoid tight underwear and pants. When you constrict blood flow, you can actually reduce penis size.