Penis Atrophy & Shrinkage: Know What You’re Up Against Before It’s Too Late

Mihai Voinea
Medically reviewed by Mihai Voinea Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) — Research analysis by Alex Eriksson

​Penis Atrophy Shrinkage is a condition where penis size gets reduced due to factors related to health, lifestyle, and the environment. Many feel uncomfortable talking about penis shrinkage, but it’s important to discuss the matter to understand the risks that come with it.

​What risks? Well, aside from creating problems with sexual function, penis atrophy elevates stress levels and even leads to depression.

Penis shrinkage is widespread as men age, but there are many other reasons why a penis may shrink.

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​The Roots of Penile Atrophy

Penis size varies among men and the male organ does shrink from time to time (usually by half an inch or less). However, if there’s a huge reduction in its size, it’s likely that underlying conditions or unhealthy habits are to blame.

Aging Process

Many believe that penis length gets reduced with age, but the actual size doesn’t change at all—the “shrinkage” is merely an illusion caused by an increased tendency to gain weight (we will talk about this later). 

​Aging may cause the male organ to curve, affecting its length, function, and girth. This condition is also known as Peyronie’s disease.

Low Testosterone Levels

A decline in testosterone levels often translates to reduced sex drive, infertility, and erectile dysfunction. It can also increase fatigue and body fat, while weakening the bones and causing sleep disturbances.

Hormone Imbalance

​Hormones caused by stress would likely affect your testosterone and semen production, which in turn may cause testicle and penis atrophy.

High levels of cortisol will overwhelm the testicles and fail to control its regular functions. To maintain hormonal balance in the body, it’s important to get adequate sleep, follow a healthy diet, and stay physically active.

Unhealthy Habits

Smoking, drinking, and doing drugs all cause the blood vessels to deteriorate, limiting the blood flow required for penile tissue sustenance. 

​Insufficient blood flow also affects nitric oxide availability, which in turn causes problems inerectile function. Likewise, tobacco, liquor, and drugs contain substances that prevent the penis to stretch and stand erect, which might reduce penile length.

Taking Medications

Taking certain medications can cause penis atrophy. Examples of these are Adderall, antidepressants, and drugs for treating an enlarged prostate (such as finasteride and dutasteride).

Prostrate Surgery

Men who’ve suffered from prostate cancer and have undergone radical prostatectomy surgery typically experience penis shrinkage. After all, doctors perform the operation to remove the prostate tissue and gland.

Being Overweight

​Body fat can cause the penis to retract inward, making it appear to have shrunk. It’s a natural pull of tissues around the belly area and would go away if you lose weight.

Other than its physical aspects though, being overweight can cause hormonal imbalance and hypogonadism—problems that, as you’ve probably guessed, impact your organ’s size.

Penile Fractures

​A penile fracture may manifest as a tear in the tunica albuginea. The tunica albuginea allows the male organ to increase in length and produce a firm erection.

If it ruptures due to an accident, forceful bending during sexual intercourse, or intense masturbation, it’ll spread fractures along the corpus cavernosa and corpus spongiosum.

Low Sexual Activity

Sex (and even masturbation) increases testosterone levels. It’s also a means of improving fertility and ejaculate volume.

​Getting too little action can soften the penile tissue, which eventually will harden into collagen. When that happens, blood flow into the human penis gets restricted and atrophy will follow.

Other Underlying Problems

Inborn disease and conditions (like congenital chordee and chromosomal disorder) may cause penile atrophy—sometimes through scar tissue formation. Surgery may be able to correct these problems but as you’ve learned, it also shortens the male organ.

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​Solving the Male Dilemma

If you’re getting a bit paranoid about penis shrinkage, you’ll be glad to know that there are ways to avoid it altogether—and as an added bonus, most of these strategies offer benefits beyond the sexual.

On the other hand, if you’re already suffering from it, know that there are treatment options available. There’s no penile implant on this list though, mainly since it’s for treating Peyronie’s and erectile dysfunction.

​Regular exercise can also increase your testosterone levels and improve testicular functions like semen production.

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Stay Physically Active

Do exercises that target key muscles in your body. It’ll help boost nitric oxide, which improves blood flow around the male region.

More importantly though, you’ll lose weight and burn fat around your pelvic region. With that, your penis will be able toproperly extend itself, appearing longer and firmer during an erection.

Try a Special Massage

Penile massages help stretch the penile tissue, which in turn improves penis enlargement. In addition, it helps relieve stress and depression so you can balance your cortisol levels. 

Proper Dietary Choices

Go for healthy food instead of relying on processed goods. Processed food is loaded with sodium and nitrates, which are more than capable of damaging your blood vessels. 

Without healthy blood vessels, oxygen and nutrients won’t reach all areas of your body—and that includes your penis. By the way, there are natural foods, too, that can boost your testosterone levels, such as oysters and beans.

Undergoing Therapy

Check your T-levels from time to time—if they’reusually low, you might need to ask your doctor about testosterone therapy. Unfortunately though, this approach isn’t for everyone, particularly those at risk of developing prostate cancer.

Pumps and Surgery

​Penis pumps can be used to suck air in the penile area, allowing for better blood flow. You should remember, however, not to leave the pump on for more than 30 minutes—you’ll get tissue damage with no benefit to penile size.

Meanwhile, there are surgeries designed to noticeably lengthen the flaccid penis. Yes, that’s where the downside lies—the erect penis doesn’t get much improvement (its length usually improves by just half an inch).

​Taking the Problem Seriously

While penile shrink age isn’t usually dangerous, you should know when to seek immediate medical attention. If the shrinkage comes with pain or bleeding and you’re at risk of developing prostate cancer, you should have yourself checked right away.

You’ll undergo special penile ultrasound and x-ray to uncover any underlying problems that need to be fixed as soon as possible. Remember, while penis atrophy shrinkage is embarrassing to have, you shouldn’t think twice when it’s your overall health that’s at stake. 

Alex Eriksson (Research Analysis)

Alex Eriksson is the founder of Anabolic Health, a men’s health blog dedicated to providing honest and research-backed advice for optimal male hormonal health. Anabolic Health aspires to become a trusted resource where men can come and learn how to fix their hormonal problems naturally, without pharmaceuticals.

Mihai Voinea (Editor)

Mihai is a medical doctor and entrepreneur with a burning obsession for performance and health. Mihai is also an IronMan, ultramarathon runner, and co-founder of Marsilian, which owns two e-learning platforms for future medical students and doctors.

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