Causes of penis shrinkage and solutions

Penis shrinkage is one of the most hidden concern´s causes for men because, they use to link their masculinity, personality, and self esteem to their penis size. This situation is something relatively common, when men get older, is part of the process, but there are another causes that maybe you ignore. Here we will analyze the penis shrinkage causes and we will give you several possible solutions to avoid it or to revert this situation.

Disheartening for men

As we established at first, this can be something disheartening for any man because, traditionally, men has been taught to make a connection between penis size and success in life, not just related with women, but in all aspects of their lives.

Penis shrinkage could even lead to depression, anger, and to make men apart from all what was important or meaningful for them until that point.

Can be due to lack of use

According to Tobias Kohler, MD, assistant professor of urology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine every man needs to have erections regularly to keep his penis in shape. It has to be essentially exercised.

To maintain a healthy tone, the smooth muscle of the penis must be periodically enriched with oxygen by the rush of blood that engorges the penis and makes it erect, Kohler says.

If a guy is physically able to get erect, but never has erections during the day — maybe he finds himself in very un-erotic circumstances for a long time — he needn’t worry. The brain has an automatic penis maintenance function built in.

Impulses from the brain cause erections during the dreaming phase of sleep, called the REM phase. It doesn’t matter if you’re having a hot sexdream or a zombie apocalypse nightmare — your penis gets hard during that period of the sleep cycle.

But some men are physically unable to get erections, such as those who’ve suffered trauma to the nerves involved or who have nerve or blood vessel damage caused by diabetes.

If they don’t do anything to maintain normal erections, they will get shortening of the penis. Without regular erections, penile tissue can become less elastic and shrink, making the penis 1-2 centimeters shorter. (1)

Erectile dysfunction

As we talked in the previous point, the lack of use of the penis could drive to a penis shrinking, a man with erectile dysfunction does not have the ability to exercise his organ, also causing the feared penis shrinkage.

There are several causes to develop erectile dysfunction: diabetes, blood flow problems, high pressure, among them, try to discover yours as soon as you begin to experience it and you will keep penis shrinking away as long as you are still young. Remember that psychological behaviors as anxiety and stress could also lead to erectile dysfunction, keep calm and enjoy sex without other second thoughts.

Poor blood circulation

This point is directly linked with the next one because, the slow deposit of fatty substances (plaques) inside tiny arteries  in the penis, which impairs blood flow to the organ. This process, known as atherosclerosis,  is the same one that contributes to blockages inside the coronary arteries — a leading cause of heart attack .

Another mechanism involves the gradual buildup of relatively inelastic collagen (scar tissue) within the stretchy fibrous sheath that surrounds the erection chambers. Erections occur when these chambers fill with blood. Blockages within the penile arteries — and increasingly inelastic chambers — mean smaller erections.

As penis size changes, so does the size of the testicles. Starting around age 40, the testicles definitely begin to shrink  The testicles of a 30-year-old man might measure 3 centimeters in diameter, he says; those of a 60-year-old, perhaps measures only 2 centimeters (2)

Weight gain

Weight gain is common as men grow older. As fat accumulates on the lower abdomen, the apparent size of the penis changes. According to Ira Sharlip, MD, clinical professor of urology at the University of California, San Francisco, a large prepubic fat pad makes the penile shaft look shorter.

On the other hand, Ronald Tamler, MD, PhD, co-director of the Men’s Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City says” in some cases, abdominal fat all but buries the penis. One way I motivate my overweight patients is by telling them that they can appear to gain up to an inch in size simply by losing weight.”

In addition to this apparent shrinkage (which is reversible) the penis tends to undergo an actual (and irreversible) reduction in size. The reduction — in both length and thickness — typically isn’t dramatic but may be noticeable. “If a man’s erect penis is 6 inches long when he is in his 30s, it might be 5 or 5-and-a-half inches when he reaches his 60s or 70s,” Goldstein says. (3)

Solutions for it

Only if you are getting old (60+) penis shrinkage would be irreversible, because it would be a natural condition related with age; but if you are experiencing this and you are a young guy, we have a list of tips you could follow to improve your condition.

Have an active sex life

As with every organ or muscle in the body, the penis needs to be active to have a great shape. The only way to exercise it is having sex. This way you will be helping your blood vessels to maintain active, and you will keep the penis shrinkage away.

Penile massages

This could sound to obvious but, penile massages have more than one benefits, and all of them will help you to have a better sexual life, and will prevent you from penis shrinkage. Here you have some of these benefits:

  • It helps stretch the tissues of the penis, which contributes to penis enlargement.
  • Penis massage can also increase the blood flow to the penis, which also promotes length gain.
  • Provides relief from stress and over fatigue
  • Prevents penis from shortening
  • Keeps the penis in good shape and health (4)


This exercise is used by many men to increase the length and the girth of their penis.  Another advantage of using this method is that the girth and length you gain is permanent.

This kind of exercises work improving the blood circulation in your penis and stimulating the blood flow in your corpora cavernosa. Corpora cavernosa are two chambers that are present on the either side of the penis that are made of spongy tissues which are filled with blood. When pressure is applied to these chambers, it causes erection. When you do jelqing exercises, it helps in improving blood flow and skin elasticity which allows bigger erection. (5)

(1) 8 Things you didn´t know about your penis.
(2) Live cycle of a penis.
(3) Live cycle of a penis.
(4) Penis massage: 9 benefits beyond the obvious.
(5) Benefits of Jelqing exercises.