Even the youngest male child knows there is something… well… interesting about the penis. It often has a special name (willie, wee-wee, ding-a-ling etc), and touching it kind of feels good. In the teen years, it can become central to a boy’s life, as he discovers the powerhouse of pleasure that is the penis.

In his late teens and early twenties, the young man discovers that the penis can take on a life of its own, and it can keep going and going and going. But as he becomes older this may start to change which can lead to some disappointing developments. Knowing what to expect and how to prolong the life of the penis by taking steps like eating healthy foods, exercising regularly and using recommended penis vitamins and minerals are essential to getting the most out of your equipment.

How the penis changes as men age

The penis ages, just like the rest of the body - as men get older, they can expect any or all of the following.

Size - Yes, it’s true, the size of the penis is often affected by aging. In the first place, the old adage, "use it or lose it," holds true. Reduced blood flow - often the result of plaque-like deposits in the blood vessels - can result in smaller erections. At the same time, degeneration of muscle and connective tissue can cause the penis to shrink. Even the testicles get smaller as men age, resulting in a loss of size of up to a centimeter in diameter.

In addition to physical reductions in size, the penis of an older man often appears to be smaller than it actually is due to the presence of abdominal fat. In essence, the gut overshadows the package, making it look smaller. In fact, in obese men, abdominal fat often hides the penis from sight completely - not a big turn-on for a potential sexual partner.

Shape - While it may seem odd that the penis can change its shape - it is what it is, after all - the formation of scar tissue, whether the result of chronic rough handling or from a traumatic injury, can cause the penis to bend unnaturally in its erect state. In severe instances, pronounced deformity of the penis may result. This condition, known as Peyronie’s disease, can make intercourse extremely painful, or even impossible, and surgery is generally necessary to correct the problem. Unfortunately, penis surgery carries a high risk of sensitivity loss and can affect erectile function.

Appearance - Aside from its shape, the appearance of the penis may change in other ways over time. The head, for instance, may lose its purplish appearance and take on the color of the surrounding skin. The skin itself may become wrinkled and/or discolored (think liver spots), and the surrounding pubic hair may recede.

Sensitivity - One of the major effects of aging is considered to be the loss of sensitivity that often occurs. Vigorous masturbation and sex can dull the responsiveness of the penile nerve tissue, as well as deadening the skin. Reduced circulation also causes loss of penis sensitivity, especially in men who are carrying around some extra weight or who have cardiovascular issues.

Function - All of the issues described above can have a significant effect on the ability to achieve an erection and maintain it for long enough to have an orgasm. In addition, lower levels of testosterone can affect sexual function. Taking pre-emptive measures through good nutrition, nourishing vitamins and healthy lifestyle habits are essential to keeping the pecker pecking well into the senior years.

So what is the answer to penis aging?

No one can turn back the clock on aging, but there are plenty of things that men can do to slow the process and prolong the liveliness of the penis. Besides eating well and exercising, smoking is a big issue which can cause loss of sensitivity and function. On the other hand, increasing the health of the penis through use of a specialized penis health formula (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) can help to moisturize, rejuvenate and recharge the penis, keeping it healthy and ready for action in the years ahead.