What’s happening to my penis?

By February 27, 2018Men's Health

Your penis changes as you age.

Ageing doesn’t just bring on wrinkles, grey hair and new and uncomfortable aches and pains. Nope, unfortunately, there’s hair loss, saggy skin – and yes, those wrinkles can start to form in places that you didn’t even know could wrinkle.

As you age, so too does your penis. Each change is controlled by testosterone levels in your body. Testosterone is the male sex hormone.

Your levels of testosterone start to go down as you hit the age of 40, and this affects semen volume and sperm quality.

Your penis can affect your sexuality as your body goes through the changes. According to studies, about 70% of men will have erectile dysfunction at some point in their life. Statistics say more than 100 million men all over the world have erectile dysfunction. This problem is more common in developed countries.

Your penis will go through these changes:

Performance: With a drop in your testosterone levels, you will need more time for arousal and erection to get an orgasm and for second arousal. Erectile dysfunction happens with the ageing process and commonly affects older people. Your sexual function may take a dip between the ages of 40-70 years.

Size: The decreased blood flow and testosterone levels will result in a persistent shrinkage of the penis as time goes by. It’s also likely you’ll put on weight as you get older, and belly fat can give the appearance of your penis being smaller.

Look: Thanks to the reduced blood flow to your penis, the head may lose its dark colour and you might see a loss of pubic hair too. Your penis may curve in shape. This is caused by Peyronie’s disease (a scar tissue inside the penis that causes curved and painful erections). It’s caused by repeated penile injury during sex or physical activity. The condition most commonly happens in middle age and may need surgery. You could also feel an actual reduction in thickness and length with age.

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Sensitivity: Your penis will become less sensitive over time. This can make it hard to get an erection and have an orgasm.

Testicles: Your testes are responsible for sperm production. Because of low testosterone levels, sperm production slows down and they may shrink.

Natural boosters for your manhood

  • Eggs have Vitamin B6 and B5 that can fight stress and boost libido levels in men and women.
  • Avocado is packed with Vitamin B6 and folic acid that can stabilise hormones and are healthy for a sex drive.
  • Spinach has high levels of magnesium that can dilate your blood vessels which improves blood flow to the penis.
  • Nuts boost circulatory health and help maintain an erection.
  • Oysters are high in zinc and amino acids that trigger the production of sex hormones.
  • Chocolate releases endorphins that induce feelings of excitement, pleasure and attraction.

See a doctor if you experience the following:

  • A burning sensation while you pee.
  • Blood when you pee or ejaculate.
  • Changes in the way you ejaculate.
  • Discharge from your penis.
  • Pain caused by trauma on your penis.
  • An abrupt or a decline in sexual desire.
  • Rash, warts and bumps on your penis or genital area.
  • A curved painful penis that interferes with sexual activity.