Generally, men bask in the euphoria that they are fertile till death.
Well, that’s a biological fact. But there are also incontrovertible facts that as men age, it affects not just the quality of sex they can deliver, but in particular, the shape and overall well-being of the penis.
Yes, penis health is a big deal when old age creeps in because, then, everything becomes new, though not in exactly pleasant way!
A urologist, Brian Steixner, who has worked on men’s down below for decades, provides insights into the progress or, more appropriately, regression, of manhood as old age inevitably creeps in.
• Permanent shrinkage: Once shrinking sets in — and there’s nothing you can do — it’s a continuous trend. The reason is simple, Steixner says. As you age, all your vibrant cells are gradually replaced by non-elastic fibres called collagen, which cause an overall diminished effect. The only way to help yourself is to ensure low body weight, which will give you penis length.
• Bending: Again, you’re helpless about this. Now, your years of sports and sexual activities are taking a toll on your penis, what with the scar tissues that have accumulated along the penis length. Bad news still, as you enter your 60s and 70s, your penis may assume a shape that looks like a question mark. Sorry. But that’s ageing in process!
• Drooping: Here, your hitherto round and robust scrotum will droop, even when you still manage to get and sustain erection! Don’t worry, though; be happy. It’s only due to the loss of muscle mass.
• Below-par sexual performance: This is clear enough. But urologists have described it as the heart attack of the penis. Good dietary habit, regular exercise and low weight can help a bit. But erectile dysfunction in old age is a part of long life.
• You need to screen for prostate cancer every two years if the first test is negative. Talk to you doctor about it.