- Category: Men's Health
Penile shrinkage is a much misunderstood phenomenon. The size of the penis is wrongfully associated with "manhood", where the bigger the size of the penis, the more masculine the man is considered to be. Although it's visually flattering when a woman sees a huge penis, but even a 5-6 inches of the male reproductive organ is sufficient to give pleasure to any woman. So, a bigger penis does not necessarily imply a robust performance in bed.
Causes and avoidance of penile shrinkage
Many men complain that their flaccid penis length has reduced significantly. They usually cite age or disuse as a cause for this condition. However, far removed from this misconception, the medical science does not recognize any natural condition as penile shrinkage. In fact, penis is designed in such a way that it never shrinks in a flaccid state due to fine balance between the penile elastic fibers and the erection state. This balance is maintained throughout the day by some degree through the erection of corpora cavernosa (erectile tissue).
Age has nothing to do with penile shrinkage. At best, age weakens the penile muscles and erections are slow and less powerful, but this does not mean that the penis is shrinking. There is a considerable drop in the production of testosterone as men age, and they may experience slight testicular shrinkage by the time they reach 60, but penis doesn't shrink.
Often, disuse or abstinence from sexual activities for longer periods of time is blamed for perceived penile shrinkage. Although it's a rare occurrence, yet it makes sense to keep the penis active by regularly exercising the penile muscles.
So, why do men complain of penile shrinkage?
Here are a few plausible explanations for the complaints:
1. Weight Gain: Obese and overweight men often complain about penile shrinkage due to weight gain at the base of the penis, which makes it appear relatively smaller. Since fat tends to accumulate around the middle, slowly, the pubic mound covers the base of the penis and resultantly, the penis looks smaller in size. The best way to avoid such a situation is to regularly exercise and eat smartly so as to avoid the accumulation of fatty deposits in your body.
2. Radiation Exposure: Undoubtedly, exposure to radiation or radiation-related therapy damages the penile tissue, and excessive exposure may even lead to loss of erection function. This imbalance in the male reproductive system can lead to slight shrinkage in the penile length. Some medical conditions, like testicular cancer, may necessitate radiation therapy; thus, there is no effective way to avoid such an exposure.
3. Excessive Masturbation: Although a rare occurrence, excessive masturbation may also lead to penile shrinkage or atrophy. Too frequent masturbation can lead to unduly intense excitement, which in turn, can affect the nervous system. This causes imbalance between the energy supplied by the brain for masturbation and actual energy consumed during masturbation, which can result in penile shrinkage. The key to avoid such a situation is to not over-indulge in masturbation.