As lines crease the eyes and waistlines expand, the penis too gets old. It’s not often talked about in polite circles but what happens when the penis ages. Sure, everyone talks about erectile dysfunction; it’s hard to ignore with so many commercials selling various medications to keep the soldier at attention. But what else happens when the young penis becomes an old penis. Here are a few things a man can expect as he grows old with his favorite appendage.

#1: Go with the Curve

A life well-lived can cause a penis to branch off in new directions, so to speak. A less pronounced curve (usually under 10 percent) is nothing to worry about. However, if a curve is in the 20 to 30 percent arena, a man should head to this urologist to get checked for Peyronie’s Disease (PD). PD can be quite uncomfortable, causing men pain when urinating or having sex. PD affects about one in every four men, mostly over the age of 40. Treatment can include a wide range of things from Botox injections to oral medications to shock wave therapy. Not all men with PD experience erectile dysfunction, but it is commonly associated with the disease.

#2: Erectile Dysfunction

Almost 15 percent of men have erectile dysfunction by age 70. It can happen at any age, but with seniors, lack of blood flow to the penis is the major problem. While modern society would say to just pop a pill, men should really pay attention to and remedy the underlying physical causes first. Many times, lifestyle changes such a diet, exercise, and stress management can remedy the issue and also increase overall wellness.

#3: The Firehose Falls to a Trickle

An aging penis commonly has one of two issues – urinating with a powerful, healthy stream or being able to suspend urination until in the bathroom. Both issues interestingly originate in the prostate. See a physician to ensure its just old age and not something more serious. Then try to make a few holistic additions to the routine such as ejaculating several times per week and performing male Kegel exercises. Some men also find that zinc and selenium supplements help clean out the prostate and keep it young.

#4: An Old Penis “Toughens Up”

No longer a penis that gets hard when the wind blows past it, an aging penis has been there and done that. Also, testosterone levels drop with age, further decreasing penile sensitivity. But there is a silver lining – like most muscles, if you don’t use it, you lose it. The penis is no different. Try to have an erection every day, even it goes unused. This keeps the man muscle primed so when he’s needed, he’ll be ready.

#5: Minor Shrinkage for the Major General

A man typically won’t lose more than a centimeter of pure penis over his lifetime. However, men often feel they are losing length because of the belly that now seems to loom skyward of their lap. This is an easy fix. Start a sit-up challenge and firm up the area. They say for every 20 pounds of belly fat lost, a man regains a half-inch of length back in his penis.

While aging is a natural thing and can’t be stopped (at least not yet), there are many ways to keep an aging penis youthful. One of the best ways is to maintain a daily penile hygiene routine which involves a thorough cleaning and ample massage with a hydrating balm. Use a specially formulated penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin) to get maximum results. Look for creams with a natural base, like Shea butter, and contain vitamins and amino acids like vitamins A through E and l-carnitine and l-arginine. A crème like this will keep the penis supple, assist in cell turnover, protect against peripheral nerve damage, and enhance sensitivity for decades down the road.

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