The Angle of Your Erection Matters

Highlights

  • The angle of a man’s erect penis is one indicator of the quality of his erectile function. 
  • The erection angle is measured by comparing the angle of a man’s fully erect penis and his legs while standing, up to 180 degrees.
  • Changes in angle as men age and due to other medical conditions are normal, and erectile dysfunction treatment can help men keep an adequate angle.

The angle of your erection can be a useful tool for determining your overall sexual health. Yet a mix of myths, confusion, and concern can make it difficult to sort what’s fact and what’s fiction. In this piece, we’ll tell you what you need to know about erection angle, sexual health, and erectile dysfunction.

How To Determine Your Erection Angle

Erection angles are determined on a scale of 180 degrees, with the man standing and at full arousal. When not erect, the angle is zero, and as your erection grows, the angle rises. An erection flat against your stomach would be 180 degrees.

It’s worth noting that your erection angle is not going to be the same every time. A number of factors come into play, including:

  • Age
  • Arousal level
  • Overall lifestyle
  • Tension of the suspensory ligament, which supports the penis when erect
  • Penis size, shape, and thickness
  • Underlying medical conditions
  • Penis-specific conditions

Age and Angle

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Age is one of the key factors, although not the only one. On average, erection angle lowers as men age, as we can see from these averages:

At age 18, the angle of the erection is usually between 135 and 145 degrees. It also usually doesn’t take much arousal to cause an erection.

At age 25, men can typically get erections easily and have more than one orgasm. The angle of the erection is usually between 120 and 135 degrees.

At age 35, little will change in terms of erections — if the man has maintained his health. The angle of the erection is usually 100 to 120 degrees. This age bracket is when overall health can be reflected in erection angle. 

At age 45, it may take longer to reach full erection and to recover after orgasm. The angle of the erection is usually 90 to 110 degrees. This is around the age when many men begin considering erectile dysfunction treatment.

At age 55, the angle of the erection averages from 80 to 100 degrees. Healthy men may have no issues with erectile dysfunction and may be pulling away from their less-healthy cohorts.

At age 65 and older, due to simple wear and tear, often the average is 80 to 90 degrees. Even healthier men in this cohort may have some concerns about erection angle.

Remember that these are only averages, and everyone’s body is different. Two men of the same age, overall health, and in the same shape won’t necessarily have the same angle.

Overall Lifestyle and Angle

Just like quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, eating a healthy diet, and getting regular exercise is good for your heart, it’s also good for your penis. Keep in mind that the penis is an extremity, so anything that affects the circulatory system is likely to affect it first as the body works to keep the most blood flowing to vital systems.

A vegetable-rich diet and regular exercise help maintain your circulatory system, which in turn aids blood flow throughout the body. The nicotine in tobacco products, on the other hand, is a vasoconstrictor, making it harder to get and keep an erection. Alcohol can reduce testosterone production while interfering with neurotransmitters involved in sexual arousal.

Underlying Health and Angle

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A number of common diseases can affect your erectile function, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiopulmonary disease
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • Mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression

In addition, otherwise healthy men may experience ED for a range of reasons, such as a viral infection. It’s believed, for example, that COVID-19 may be a cause of erectile dysfunction.

Penis-Specific Conditions and Angle

Every man’s penis is different, and that means his overall angle will be different as well. In addition to the standard variations you’ll see in length, thickness, and shape, there are a few other factors to consider.

Injury

While there’s little documentation on how common penis-related injury is, there are some indications that consistent or extreme injury can have an effect on erectile health. 

For example, men who ride a bicycle more than three hours a week may experience temporary ED due to nerve pain or pressure on blood vessels in the groin, although more research is needed to learn if this can cause long-term damage.

Unrelated Disorders

Doctor talking to his male patient

Another common factor is connective tissue disorders that cause scarring. The most well known of these is Peyronie’s disease, where fibrous plaques grow in the connective tissue of the penis and cause scarring. However, scarring can also be caused by autoimmune diseases, cancer, and inflammation.

Surgery

In some cases, surgery in the lower torso and pelvis may affect erection angle. For example, as men age, they’re more likely to need surgery on the prostate. Nerve damage, which is common with prostate surgery, may affect erection angle and other aspects of erectile function. Even unrelated surgeries can lead to mental health struggles that can indirectly affect your interest in sex and your ability to maintain an adequate erection.

How To Maintain Your Erectile Health

While erection angle is just one indication of how healthy you are sexually, the steps you need to take to maintain it dovetail with both general and sexual health recommendations. 

  • Make the “big four” lifestyle changes. Quit smoking, cut alcohol consumption, lead an active lifestyle, and shift your diet to lean proteins and vegetables.
  • Get treatment for underlying conditions. It’s important that you follow provider recommendations for conditions such as Peyronie’s disease. Stay on top of your cardiovascular health, as well, with regular check-ups and testing.
  • Care for your emotional health. Treating mental health concerns both makes it easier to have sex and easier to talk about your health with a doctor and your partner.
  • Don’t hesitate to use erectile dysfunction treatments. Using a lifestyle medication, such as Viagra, Levitra, or Cialis, is an easy and effective way to maintain a healthy sex life.

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