There’s no way to stop aging; growing older is simply a fact of life. But while men worry about aging issues like losing their hair or gaining weight, they tend to forget that there can be some penis problems that arise as one gets on the farther side of mature. Knowing what those potential penis problems are is important, as it enables a man to take steps to better maintain his all-important penis health as he ages.

Penis problems related to aging

One thing to remember: not every man is going to encounter all possible penis problems as the aging process accelerates. Indeed, there are some men who live a full, long life and find relatively little difference between their penis health at age 20 and again at age 70. But most men will discover that there are at least some changes.

With that in mind, what are some of the common penis problems that may develop as one grows older?

The penis may shrink - or at least appear smaller

Yes, it’s true. Many an older man has looked upon his proud manhood and been shocked to discover it seems a tad smaller than it did a few years ago. Sometimes it’s just an illusion, brought about by weight gain. When there are extra folds of fat about the penile area, it tends to cover up the base of the shaft. The full penis is still there, but enough of it is hidden that it seems smaller. And in some cases, a man can indeed lose length and girth. This happens due to the loss of testosterone that is common with older age, as well as with blood flow issues which keep the penis from puffing up to its former fuller size.

But it’s not just the penis that may be affected. Testicles tend to diminish in size during the aging process, with some men finding testicular shrinkage of as much as a third.

Shrinkage can also be due to a man feeling colder, since the equipment tends to naturally contract when cold. Decreased blood flow is again a culprit, but so is the fact that men tend to lose some of their pubic hair over time. Without that extra warmth, the penis may typically feel cooler more easily.

Sex drive may decrease

Many men experience a natural loss of testosterone when they reach a certain age. Since testosterone is a key component of a healthy libido, this may mean that the urge is not as strong as it used to be.

As a corollary of this, it may mean that more stimulation is needed to obtain and maintain a really hard erection. Men who normally were "up and at ‘em" at the drop of a hat may find that focused foreplay becomes more important - and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Many men find that their sexual lives are improved by taking more time with the prelude process.

The need to urinate may increase

Enlarged prostates are a common issue for older men. The growth in the prostate often squeezes the urethra, resulting in a need to urinate more frequently. It also may result in a difficulty in starting and/or stopping urination, as well as a tendency to dribble. Sometimes soreness may result.

Men who experience significant penis problems from aging should consult with a doctor to determine a course of action. Working to maintain proper penis health throughout life can help diminish problems later on, so regular use of a superior penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) may be a good idea. Look for one with both vitamin C and L-arginine. Both of these help to improve that all-important penile blood flow, and vitamin C is also involved in collagen production, which impacts penile firmness. The best crème will also include vitamin D, the acclaimed "miracle vitamin" that fights disease and supports healthy cellular function in the penis.