What to Expect From Your Penis as You Age
As a man ages, his sexual drive and many of his sexual functions start to decline. All men know this is coming, and many do everything they can to avoid or stop
their testosterone level from dropping. However, this decline in sexual desire is normal in more cases. As a man ages, it takes longer for him to become aroused
and for him to get an erection. It also takes him longer to orgasm and, once he does orgasm, it takes him longer to get aroused again. Also, as testosterone falls,
a man produces less semen and less quality sperm, making it harder for him to get a woman pregnant. Impotence, also called erectile dysfunction or ED, is something
all men will face as they age. Starting at age 40, the number of potent men drops from around 60% to only around 30% according to studies.
There are other things that men will experience as they age. Their urinary functions may start to decline. Several studies have revealed that, due to his bladder
muscles weakening, a manís urine stream will start to weaken. He may also have to deal with prostate enlargement. However, while previously men thought they
wouldnít have to deal with any of these issues until they were older, some recent research and study has determined this may not be true. Instead, a manís sexual
system and penis may start to change shortly after he reaches age 30. During his thirties, a man is moving from his sexual prime to what for most is middle age.
Many chances occur, especially as he them moves into old age.
When it comes to the appearance and look of his penis, a man will notice two things. First, the penis head, or the glands, will start to lose its purple color.
This is because less blood is flowing into the penis. Second, because his testosterone level starts to drop off, he will start to lose pubic hair.
According to Dr. Irwin Goldstein, the sexual medicine director at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego, he will eventually end up back in a mostly hairless state
similar to how he was before puberty.
As men get older, they also typically start to gain weight. As the fat begins to build up in their abdomen, it can make their penis look smaller or shorter.
This may not necessarily be true, but because of the pre-pubic fat pad that has formed, the penis will look shorter even if it isnít actually. Dr. Ronald Tamler
reports that the abdominal fat actually almost covers the penis. The co-director of Mount Sinai Hospitalís Menís Health Program, Dr. Tamler often motivates overweight
men to exercise by telling them that they can add visible inches to their penis by losing weight.
While the reduction in length may simply be because of gaining weight and is reversible, a manís penis may also actually shrink in thickness.
Generally, itís not a huge size reduction, but it does happen, and itís irreversible. A man may lose a half-inch to an inch between age 30 and age 60 or 70.
This is caused by several factors. One is the build up of plaques, or fatty substances, in the arteries of the penis. This reduces blood flow, which results
in a smaller erection. Called atherosclerosis, this is the same thing that can block up the coronary arteries in the body and lead to a heart attack.