You may be healthy and active, but that doesn’t mean your penis won’t be experiencing these insane changes as you get older.
This is not a story about what might happen to your penis as you age. It’s not about potential risks or what happens when, say, you “accidentally” put your penis where it doesn’t belong. These are things that will, in all likelihood, be happening to your manhood eventually.
Brace your young self for a look forward into how the ravages of time will take their toll.
As verified by old naked men shuffling around every health club locker room coast to coast, your scrotum will droop, as you get older.
It’s an unavoidable aspect of aging thanks to a loss in muscle mass. At its most extreme, you develop what’s called “splash down” syndrome, which is exactly what it sounds like.
When you sit to use the toilet, your scrotum actually hits the water.
There’s hope, however, thanks to an increasingly popular procedure called scrotoplasty. That’s right, you can get a sack-job and spare your septuagenarian self the indignity of the splash down.
There Will Be Shrinkage—Permanent Shrinkage
No, not the out-of-the-pool constriction we all know. This is a persistent, progressive loss of size as you age.
What does that equation look like? Normal cells, once hale and hearty, get replaced by non-elastic fibers called collagen, 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. Luckily this is something you can do something about!
For every 30 pounds you shed, you add an effective half-inch in length.
Going Around the Bend
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 is accumulating 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.
Mercifully, there’s help. 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. Down below. Bite your lip and think happy thoughts.
There are more than 30 million men with ED, and the reason behind it boils down to blood loss.
Having ED is like having a heart attack of the penis 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 ED is a billion-dollar market, with treatments from prescription pills and injections to boost blood flow, to penile implants designed to give men a natural erection without medicine.
If you take care of yourself, however, you can avoid all this. There are men in their 90s who have perfect erections because they’ve taken care of themselves.
The Big C
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’re a nudist or like to frequent tanning beds au natural.
Also, men who are uncircumcised but remiss in their personal hygiene can create conditions that contribute to skin cancer.
Stay out of tanning beds, and if you are uncircumcised, keep the hood clean.
What’s the worst that can happen? Don’t ask.
Okay, you asked: In extreme cases, a complete removal of the penis is required,” says a local surgeon. “It’s not often, but it happens. Maybe once a year, I have a patient…” (shiver)
Stop there, doc. Please. Just stop there. No tanning beds. Stay clean. We got it.
Reduce Your Risk of Prostate Cancer by 20+% By Ejaculating 5+ times per week.
The key to good prostate health might be in your own hands: Ejaculating frequently may reduce your risk of prostate cancer, finds new research from the Boston University of Public Health.
The study looked at how ejaculation frequency affected prostate cancer risk over the course of 18 years.
It found that men ages 20 to 29 who ejaculated 21 times or more each month were 19 percent less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than those who ejaculated less often, between 4 and 7 times per month.
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. You can also look forward to decreased nerve function and sensitivity, which means difficulty achieving an orgasm.
In other words, your old man penis is going to last longer, but get shorter.
Ponder that good-news/bad-news scenario at your retirement party. And don’t forget that it could be worse.