HelloCare has chosen to write about this issue because it does impact the lives of older men as they age. Many may not be aware that this could even occur until it happens, it can be incredibly debilitating and impact one’s dignity.
There is much to be celebrated about growing older. We become wiser. We are more comfortable with ourselves, and are less likely to worry over trifles. We may live a slower-paced life, giving us more time to pursue activities we enjoy, or more time with loved ones.
But, as we know, there are also many downsides to ageing.
One of those downsides is that penises can decrease in size with age.
For men living in aged care, “penis shrinkage’ can create real problems. It can mean they might urinate on the floor when they are using the toilet, or they might have difficulty using a bottle.
As a consequence of these difficulties, men will often resort to using incontinence pads.
Understandably, these issues can impact men’s self esteem, and they may feel they are the only ones with the problem.
However, penis shrinkage is a common issue in aged care, and it’s important for men to know they are not alone in having to cope with this situation.
From around the age of 40, many men begin to observe a decrease in their penis size.
Sometimes, the decrease in size is simply how the penis appears, it is not actually a decrease in size.
For example, weight gain can make mens’ penises appear smaller, though in fact, the penis size remains the same. Because the penis is attached to the abdominal wall, when the belly expands, the penis is pulled inwards, making it seem shorter.
But most of the time, penis shrinkage is permanent.
As men age, they produce less testosterone, which can contribute to a decline in libido and also penis size.
Ageing also tends to increase fatty deposits building up in the arteries, causing reduced blood flow to the penis. As a result, the muscle cells in the erectile tubes inside the penis become weaker.
Scar tissue can also reduce penis size among older men, and can contribute to weaker erections. Scar tissue in the penis may arise from injuries acquired during sex and sport.
If you are overweight, the main things you can do to return your penis to its former size is lose weight. Losing weight can add as much as 2cm to penis length according to some reports.
There are a number of other things you can do to keep your penis functioning healthily.