Does the Snake in your Trousers Change as You Age?
Alright, gents, let’s talk about the elephant in the room – or rather, the worm in your pants. Just like fine wine, your penis goes through a fascinating aging process. And guess what? It’s all thanks to our dear friend, testosterone.
Teenage Dream to Twenties Triumph:
Between 9 and 15, puberty hits like a truck. Thanks to a testosterone boost which leads to growth in your testes, scrotum, penis, and even that awkward pubic hair sprout up. By your late teens to early 20s, testosterone is throwing the wildest party in your body.
The Middle-Life… Not Crisis: 20s to 40s
Your testosterone takes a tiny vacation, but it’s not off the grid. The real party pooper is the protein, SHBG, which binds to testosterone, making it a bit lazy.
What’s Up (or Down) with Your Manhood?
Pubic Hair Changes: Like the hair on the rest of your body, it might be thinning and graying. Think of it as your groin’s way of looking distinguished.
Size Matters: You may notice that it doesn’t seem as large as it used to. The actual size probably hasn’t changed at all. But if you have more fat on the pubic bone just above your penis, that area can sag and make it look smaller.
Shape: For a small number of men, it may curve with age. This can affect its length, girth, and function. The condition, called Peyronie’s disease, is caused by physical trauma — usually because the shaft gets bent during sex. As it heals, scar tissue forms along the tunica albuginea, a tough sheath around the spongy tissue that fills with blood to create an erection. The scarred portion can’t expand, causing a curved erection. But fret not, it can be corrected surgically or by extracorporeal shockwave therapy(ESWT) .
Testicles: As your testosterone levels fall, your sperm production slows and these little soldiers may shrink.
If you get hormone replacement therapy, your pituitary gland will stop sending signals to your testes to make testosterone, and they will shrink more. In such situations its best to be supported with HCG injections.
The Scrotal Saga: The scrotum acts as a temperature regulator for your testicles. It has a layer of smooth muscle that tightens or loosens to either bring the testicles closer to the body for warmth or let them hang to cool down. As age advances, these muscles lose their efficiency, and the scrotum tends to droop more. This drooping is further accentuated by the skin’s natural loss of elasticity over time.
For those above 40, there’s something called a hydrocele that can contribute to the droopiness. This condition arises when there’s an accumulation of fluid around one or both testicles, either due to excessive fluid production or inadequate drainage. While it’s typically not painful, if you observe any swelling or experience discomfort, it’s advisable to consult a doctor.
Functionality Fumbles: Sensitivity might dip, making arousal and achieving climax more difficult. And with testosterone playing hide and seek, ED becomes more probable. The primary issue often is the inability of the penis to retain blood, leading to a loss of rigidity.
Look, every part of us ages, even our trusty trouser snake. But if it’s causing a wrinkle in your love life or self-esteem, give a shout to the pros. At Hisential Clinic, we’ve got your back (and your front). Aging might be mandatory, but with a dash of humor and the right care, it doesn’t have to be a downer.
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