ALTHOUGH many men dream of a bigger penis, the sad truth is that they will probably only see it smaller, if at all.
It can be a tough pill to swallow, but men can lose up to an inch of their manhood for a variety of reasons.
Sometimes there is nothing to worry about. But for others, it could be a side effect of a serious illness or leave them chronically embarrassed.
It is important to remember that there is no “normal” size or shape for a penis. Everyone is different.
Most men’s penises are around 9cm (3.75 inches) long when not erect, according to the NHS, but it’s normal for them to be shorter or longer than that.
Research has shown that the average erect penis size ranges from around 13cm to 18cm (5 to 7 inches).
But no matter where your member is on the scale, there are a few factors that can cause it to drop a few sizes — and we’re not just talking about a cold pool.
Aging is a pretty sad fact of life, but we have some heartbreaking news, boys.
As you age, your penis is likely to change, just like the rest of your body.
But remember, it’s a normal part of aging, and unless you’re concerned about how your penis works, it doesn’t need medical attention.
The penis may look smaller when you’re older because it’s harder to get an erection (although this doesn’t happen to all men).
The arteries supplying blood to the penis become more congested and narrow, making it harder for blood to flow through the penis and causing it to stiffen.
The spongy tissue that creates an erection can also degenerate due to decreased blood flow.
Meanwhile, a buildup of scar tissue, resulting from years of minor injuries during sex or sports, can cause shrinkage, Healthline reports.
It’s not just your old man that’s shrinking – your testicles are also likely to get slightly smaller too.
They may sag lower due to loss of skin elasticity.
If there’s anything that will make you quit smoking, it might be discovering that it will harm your todger.
There are certain toxins in a cigarette that damage the blood vessels in your penis, according to Medical News Today.
Unfortunately, not only does this mean that the muscle cells in your member could waste away, but it could also lead to difficulties in the bedroom.
Damage to penile blood vessels can mean that no matter how aroused you are, you have trouble getting an erection.
The problem with reduced erections is that the penis is no longer stretched regularly. This can cause it to lose length over time.
A good sign that the penis is healthy is waking up with an erection, as this signals that the nerves and blood supply are working.
Healthy men have an average of three to five erections a night, lasting up to three hours in total, according to the NHS.
Experts from Boston Medical University examined the erect penises of 200 men and found that smokers were smaller than those who avoided cigarettes.
The 1998 study concluded that smoking inhibits blood flow to your private parts, which can prevent your penis from stretching and therefore cause it to shrink over time.
All medications come with unwanted side effects, but some are worse than others.
Adderall, often prescribed for attention deficit disorder, is most notorious for leaving you with less length there.
Some antidepressants and antipsychotics can have the same effect.
Certain medications used to treat prostate problems can also cause your penis to shrink.
A 2012 study of the drug finasteride, used to treat an enlarged prostate, found that men suffered from shrinkage and reduced sensation there.
Another study, published in the journal Urology, found that 41% of men taking the drug dutasteride, also used to treat an enlarged prostate, suffered from sexual dysfunction.
4. Weight gain
As your stomach gets bigger, everything else starts to look smaller…you get the drift.
Weight gain is a concern for most men, not only because it can cause an array of worrying health issues, but also because it makes their member look much less impressive.
But the good news is that your penis doesn’t shrink when you gain weight.
It just looks like that, more like an optical illusion.
The reason it looks a bit shorter is because the erectile muscles are attached to your abdominal wall.
So when your belly expands, it pulls your manhood inward.
It can also be reversed by removing those extra pounds.
In fact, the NHS recommends banishing the beer belly and getting in shape as advice to improve the appearance of your penis if you’re concerned about its size.
5. Prostate surgery
Men whose prostate has been removed may experience size loss.
In fact, it happens in about 70% of men who have had this surgery, called a prostatectomy, to treat prostate cancer.
Experts aren’t sure exactly what causes this, but one theory is that a man may feel a muscle twitch after surgery, this pulls his member further into his body.
Another theory is that erectile dysfunction experienced after surgery prevents blood from flowing easily to the penis.
As stated above, a lack of blood flow to the erectile tissue and less frequent stretching can cause it to shrivel up.
Men who experience this can lose between a half and three quarters of an inch – which any man will tell you is a lot.
But there is some hope, as a study of prostate cancer patients in Japan found the effect is only temporary.
Published in the journal BJU International, the research found that men generally regained their old penis size after a year, New statistics reported.
Men should also regain their erections after about a year, Johns Hopkins Medicine said.
6. Peyronie’s disease
Some men suffer from a condition called Peyronie’s disease, which causes the penis to bend when erect.
It is perfectly normal for a penis to have a slight curvature when standing at attention.
But men with Peyronie’s disease will have a prominent curve that can cause pain.
It can also lead to difficulty having sex and erectile dysfunction.
The condition can also cause a buildup of scar tissue which, as mentioned above, can block blood flow to the penis and lead to loss of size.
Peyronie’s disease mainly affects men over 40, according to the NHS, but it can affect anyone at any age.
Peyronie’s disease rarely goes away on its own and can get worse.
If you think you have the disease, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Covid has the ability to affect almost every system in the body. So of course he wants to wreak havoc there too.
Experts have said that a shrinking penis as a symptom of long Covid is likely the result of erectile dysfunction that occurs due to a viral infection.
When the virus enters the endothelial cells of the blood vessels present in the penis, it can prevent proper blood flow.
A smaller penis was reported by 3.2% of men who had long Covid in a King’s College London study.
But don’t worry – it’s not necessarily permanent.
Is it reversible?
Boys, we have good news.
Penile shrinkage can be reversible, but in some cases it may be more difficult than others or impossible.
The quick fixes are to quit smoking and lose weight, if you need it, and your old man will be back to normal in no time.
If it is your medicine that has caused the loss of height, you should talk to your GP who can help you adjust your dosage to make sure you are not cosmetically affected.
But if you’ve lost length due to something more serious, like prostate surgery, your treatment is a bit more complicated.
Sometimes penile shrinkage after surgery will go away on its own. But if not, drugs like Viagra or Cialis can improve blood flow to the penis, which will restore erectile tissue.
Unfortunately, if you have Peyronie’s disease, the shrinkage is irreversible.
There are surgical options to correct the curvature and remove the scar tissue, but any damage done beforehand is permanent damage. That’s why it’s essential to seek help sooner, rather than later, to prevent symptoms from worsening.
The NHS states on its penis size page that you cannot enlarge or reduce your penis with exercises or medication.
Methods include vacuum devices, penis extenders and jelqing – all aimed at increasing blood flow to erectile tissue or stretching it.
However, the NHS says there is very little evidence that these have any impact.
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