All parts of the body age, including the penis. The tooth of time affects everyone’s penis, some more and some less. But in what way? Some of the changes brought about by time can be slowed down, while others are difficult to avoid.
This is not a story about what might happen to your penis. Read what happening. This is how the penis gets older – four things happen over time It’s not about weird accidents, or what happens when you try a less-than-great way to try to make your penis bigger. These are things that eventually happen to many of us. To some degree or another. (That’s the hopeful part; some of them you can prevent or delay to a certain extent.)
Men’s Health asks to Brian Steixner, M.D., the director of the Institute of Men’s Health for the Jersey Urology Group, and asked for all the uncomfortable details. Why it’s worth looking forward: You can change a couple things right now that could keep you from getting old man penis—or keep you from getting it as dramatically as your contemporaries.
According to Dr. Steixner—and verified by the naked guys over 70 shuffling around every health club locker room coast to coast—your scrotum will droop as you get older.
It’s a largely unavoidable aspect of aging thanks to a loss in muscle mass. At its most extreme, you develop what Steixner calls “splash down” syndrome, which is exactly what it sounds like: When you sit to use the toilet, your scrotum actually hits the water.
You can keep things where you want them with an increasingly popular procedure called scrotoplasty. And it’s worth taking some action now: to prevent saggy balls, not smoking and staying at a healthy body weight can help as well.
There Will Be Penis Shrinkage
No, not the out-of-the-pool constriction we all know. There is a progressive loss of size as you age. (But it’s not like you develop a micropenis or anything.)
What does that equation look like? Normal skin cells, once hale and hearty, get replaced by non-elastic fibers, which just sort of reel in the whole apparatus.
Want to make it worse? Keep building up that beer gut. As your belly gets bigger, the fat pad pushes out and a larger penile percentage gets buried under the skin. Gain weight, loose length. Simple math.
“For every 30 pounds you shed, you add an effective half-inch in length,” says Dr. Steixner. Discover the best ways for men over 50 to lose weight. And it’s probably worth trying the peak-performance for your penis diet now, too.
You May Develop a Curved Penis
Into your autumn years, you develop curvature. You’ll dogleg left. You’ll pull right. Thanks to repeated trauma from seemingly harmless things like sports and sexual activity, scar tissue can accumulate along the length of your penis.
And if that isn’t unsettling enough, this scar tissue does not build up symmetrically. Where you were once an arrow, you become a bow.
“Into your 60s and 70s,” says Dr. Steixner, “it can get worse. I’ve seen patients (whose penises) look for all appearances like a question mark.”
Mercifully, there’s help for punctuation mark syndrome. Today, injectable medicines help release the accumulated plaques anchoring the scar tissue holding your penis in that curve.
It’s actually a botulinum toxin that does the trick. That’s right, Botox injections. Just bite your lip and think happy thoughts.
Some Men Get Erectile Dysfunction
There are more than 30 million men with erectile dysfunction, and the reason behind it for older men boils down to blood loss. (Right now, numerous habits may be killing your erection.)
“Having Erectile Dysfunction is like having a heart attack of the penis,” explains Dr. Steixner. “And preventing it involves pretty much the same advice you give to someone with a heart condition. Eat well, exercise—control those, and you should be fine.”
Contending with Erectile Dysfunction is a billion-dollar market, with treatments from prescription pills and injections to boost blood flow. Recently, researchers have been developing therapies from topical gels to shock-wave devices (read about the latest developments here), to treat this frustrating problem.
“If you take care of yourself, however, you can avoid all that,” Dr. Steixner says. “I have patients in their 90s who have perfect erections because they’ve taken care of themselves.”
Your Risk of Penile Cancer Goes Up
Most men are familiar with the very real risks of prostate and testicular cancer, and symptoms of these are something to watch for as you age. But there’s also a risk of skin cancer on the penis itself, especially if you like to frequent tanning beds au natural.
Also, men who are uncircumcised but remiss in their personal hygiene can create conditions that contribute to penile cancer.
“Stay out of tanning beds, and if you are uncircumcised, keep the hood clean,” urges Dr. Steixner.
What’s the worst that can happen? Don’t ask.
Okay, you asked: “In extreme cases, a complete removal of the penis is required,” Steixner says. “It happens. Maybe once a year. I have a patient—”
Stop there, doc. Please. Just stop there. No tanning beds. Stay clean. We got it.
As for the less horrifying, more likely changes we talked about at first, know that as you age, your testosterone levels will decrease. That means slight but consistent loss in size. Decreased nerve function and sensitivity may give you some difficulty achieving orgasm.
In other words, your old man penis is going to last longer, but get shorter. Just don’t forget that it could be worse. So, so much worse.