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These 6 Things Can Cause Penis Shrinkage. Can Viagra Reverse It?

Our bodies will change over time, and it’s not a topic that’s often discussed openly. One of those changes, which might surprise some men, is changes to their penis. Here’s what you need to know about how certain factors can change your penis, or, at least, how you perceive it.

Changes In the Penis

The penis is a part of your body, and just as the rest of the body can change dramatically, so can your penis. There are generally six factors that may impact this and one very important caveat.

  1. Weight. A dramatic loss or gain in weight may affect how your penis looks. Your penis doesn’t get larger or smaller as your weight changes, but much like a six-foot man may look tall when he’s next to a jockey and short next to a basketball player, the visual context can fool the eye.
  2. Aging. Over time, as your circulation is affected by age, you might notice a small decrease in size. This is normal, and you might not even perceive it.
  3. Smoking. Smoking impacts circulation, and the less blood circulating in your body, the smaller different parts of it will look. This impact on circulation is part of the reason doctors recommend quitting smoking as part of lifestyle changes in an ED program.
  4. Genital or prostate surgery. Radical prostatectomy (completely removing the prostate gland) may, in fact, shorten the penis, although why is not well understood. Small studies using PDE5 inhibitors such as Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra have found some benefit in restoring penis length, but the findings need to be replicated at larger scale.
  5. Medications or illicit substances. Some medications or illicit substances may reduce blood flow to the extremities, including the penis. Notably, amphetamine users have reported shrinkage. If you notice a change in the size of your penis after beginning a medication, talk to your doctor about a replacement, but do not go off a medication without a doctor’s supervision.
  6. Peyronie’s disease. Scar tissue can form under the skin on the penis, creating a bend that may create the illusion of a shorter penis. It can also interfere with sex in other ways.

The Caveat

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It’s worth noting that, with a few exceptions, we’re largely discussing a flaccid penis. An erection is dependent on blood flow in the first place, and since Viagra and other ED drugs work by opening the blood vessels, even if you think there’s a difference in the shower, it’s unlikely to make much of one in the bedroom. Since most ED drugs only work in the presence of sexual stimulation, though, they won’t make any difference with respect to penile shortening.

However, a full ED plan will. If you’re concerned about penile shortening, you can take these steps to support your sexual health right now:

  • Talk to your doctor about smoking cessation, illicit substance use, and any medications you may be taking.
  • Monitor your weight and engage in regular physical activity.
  • If you have prostate concerns, address them with your doctor, especially if some form of prostatectomy is being considered.
  • Discuss your feelings and needs with both your partner and an emotional-health professional.

Being your own advocate for your sexual health is important. If you’re worried about penile shortening, talk to your doctor about what you can do. If you’re concerned about erectile function, take advantage of eDrugstore’s confidential telehealth visit to see if ED medication may be right for you.

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