Addressing common misconceptions, experts clarify that there is no conclusive evidence supporting natural changes in penis length and girth as individual’s age. Certain conditions related to aging, such as obesity or prostate surgery, may influence the perception of decreased penis length.
ERECTILE FUNCTION: UNVEILING THE IMPACT OF AGING
Aging brings about changes in erectile function, with erectile dysfunction affecting a significant percentage of men, ranging from 15% in their 50s to nearly 90% in those over 80. Medications like sildenafil and tadalafil offer assistance, but they do not reverse underlying blood vessel and nerve damage. Experts delve into the various aspects of aging that affect erections, including reduced sensitivity, delayed ejaculation, and changes in semen volume.
PENIS SHAPE: PEYRONIE’S DISEASE AND AGE-RELATED ALTERATIONS
While the natural shape of the penis typically remains constant with age, experts highlight Peyronie’s disease as an exception. This condition, characterized by an abnormally bent or curved penis, becomes more prevalent with age, potentially due to accumulated damage from minor injuries over time. Peyronie’s disease affects 6.5% of men over 70 and can lead to short-term pain and long-term erectile dysfunction.
URINARY CHANGES: UNDERSTANDING LOWER URINARY TRACT SYMPTOMS
As men age, lower urinary tract symptoms become more prevalent, including incontinence, weak urine stream, and frequent night-time urination. These symptoms often associated with an enlarged prostate, impact approximately 50% of men over 65 and 70% over 80. The discussion delves into the potential impact on mental health and personal relationships, emphasizing the need for open communication, support, and professional advice.
BALANCING NORMALCY AND SEEKING MEDICAL ATTENTION
While some changes are considered normal with aging, experts stress the importance of seeking medical attention if there are significant alterations in size, shape, or if unusual lumps develop. Persistent erectile dysfunction, pain or discomfort, and sudden or bothersome urinary symptoms warrant prompt medical consultation. The discussion underscores the role of regular check-ups with a GP to monitor and address common conditions that may accelerate age-related changes.