shrinkage with age?

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  1. Big Drum Stick

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    At 45 I'm a good 1.5 shorter erect than when I was 18. Still 6" around, though. Has this happened with others?
     
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    I'd suggest that it's an illusion, Big Drum Stick. In your youth you were probably not only in better physical shape but your body had not yet 'filled out' with your true adult proportions.

    As you age, gravity and lifestyle take over to loosen things up a bit and fat gathers in odd places (such as in the lower abdomen at the base of your penis) making your penis look shorter.

    Don't worry. It's still there, in all it's former glory.

    If anything, your junk will actually hang more in its relaxed state as you age.
     
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    I don't have shrinkage but I do have low testosterone and my urologist has put me on testosterone replacement therapy. Says it comes with age and is one of the symptoms of male menopause.

    These are some of the common sysmptoms of male menopause, which can begin when a guy is in his 40s. I have all the symptoms except the last two.

    Getting old can be a bitch.



    • Declining sex drive (libido) - not only does the man have less interest in sex, he will also have sex less frequently. From an average of 3-4 times a week in his twenties, sexual frequency declines to once a week or so in his fifties to 1-2 times a month in his late seventies. A related symptom is that sex becomes less enjoyable for the man.

    • Fatigue, lessening energy - once able to be on the go all day into the night, now the activity pace slows considerably. The same physical activity takes longer with considerably more effort.

    • Forgetfulness, declining ability to concentrate - although anyone can occasionally forget, there's a noticable change in the ability to remember in male menopause. And it becomes more difficult to focus, which ordinarily is one of the male strengths.

    • Feelings of anger, anxiety, irritability, depression - events or actions of others that once were dealt with easily by the male now become more difficult to deal with, another of the male menopause symptoms.

    • Weight gain - this increase in body fat and body weight is accompanied in male menopause with a loss of muscle mass. Start with this fact - a male that is sedentary will lose about 10% of his muscle each decade. The fat that is gained tends to accumulate around the man's middle section, another of the male menopause symptoms. Obesity, of course, is related to numerous health problems.

    • Sleep difficulties - sleep, especially uninterupted deep sleep, is the time when the body repairs itself and gets ready for another trip through the next day. One of the male menopause symptoms is having difficulty in falling asleep, not sleeping well and having a restless time during the last part of sleep before awakening. Not getting enough quality sleep over time can have serious health consequences.

    • Osteoporosis - even though a male begins to lose bone mass considerably later in life than a woman on the average, bone loss will happen and can be considered another symptom of male menopause. Women often begin losing bone mass as early as in their thirties, whereas bone loss begins later in life for a man.

    • Confusion, indecisiveness, declining self-confidence - part of being a healthy male is the ability to solve problems, to be efficient, to be competent, to have power and to achieve. A consequence of experiencing male menopause symptoms is the erosion of these crucial aspects of being a man.
     
  4. FuzzyKen

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    There are a number of reasons for your perception. As has already been suggested as we age body fat redistributes and we get a fat pad that is over the top and behind the area where your pubic hair is heaviest.

    The next factor is the strength of erections diminishes as we age.

    I had this experience and when I went on injectable E.D. meds, my youthful size came back with maybe a little bit extra to boot. The urologist who treated me explained that the corpus cavernosum atrophies (shrinks) as the strength of erections diminishes. You can still be able to penetrate, but there are other symptoms of things not being where they used to.

    Another valid point was raised in reference to male menopause. Again the cause comes back in essence to diminished erectile capability, and this will return to those who need and receive hormone replacement therapy.

    As a whole though unless something else is going on penile dimensions do not as a whole "shrink" with age. In some cases as skin gets looser and time passes some men actually have some small increase in size, particularly in girth with aging.

    You probably have some other things going on that you have not realized and this contributes to what the appearance of things is.
     
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    So much to look forward to!
     
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    Thank you so much for the replies.
    I measured myself from my pubic bone when I was 18 yrs. old - 8.5 inches. My girlfriend measured when I was 26 - 8 inches. It's definitely shortening, I don't think it's an illusion.
    I appreciate the info on male menopause.
    And I'm not worried, just curious. My wife and I have great sex, from 1 - 4 times a week.
     
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    My god does it all go down hill after 18? lol
     
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    I don't know but I do know that my smoking makes me a bit shorter but in another sense my wife says I look and feel bigger when we have sex and I'm 36, but I try to keep in shape and I also drive truck for a living and have to unload furniture so yeah I get my daily workout at work.
     
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    geez, hornyoldguy, you hit about everything that's upon me these days. And yes, I do believe there is shrinkage in later years. My weight, physique is about the same, but I'm about 3/4 an inch less than my lifetime best of years ago.
     
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    god NOO PLEASE DONT SHRINK MY MAN HOOD WITH THE YEARS!!
     
  11. liberia

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    I was 61 last month and my dick is still growing. I get bigger and harder erections than when I was 18. This is difficult to believe for most people especially the so-called experts on this site. There have been many posts saying that there are no pills that work. We have all seen the adverts claiming that their pills will give you 3/4 extra inches, but they don`t work as I have tried just about everything on the market. Of course, there are several preparations that help your libido and will give you a stiffy - notably, Horny goat weed, Damiana, Muira puama and several others.
    However, about 6 months ago, I discovered and purchased a product from the Far East that is far superior in every way to Viagra which I don`t like. These pills that I have found were originally taken to help with ailments like rheumatism and arthritis. This they certainly do, having an amazing effect on general health ( I literally feel at least 20 years younger ) , but the only side effect is what they do to your dick. Bigger and harder is an understatement. I am now 8" by 7", when really excited, the girth is 7.5"
    As I said, there are no side effects ( unlike viagra ) and they are also safe even for men with heart conditions as they are absorbed through the lymphatic system, by-passing the liver. They also act in less than 30 mins and last 48 hours. I feel that I have found a priceless treasure.
    I can quite understand that at least 90% of people will not believe me, as so many products make ridiculous claims, but I have let a few friends try them, all of whom were amazed and always come back for more. I pay about £8 for a pack of 4 pills($16), but please don`t ask where I get them as I don`t want to start a stampede as I`m worried the source might dry up. I could, however, post a pack to anyone who is interested.
     
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    I have lost a bit as the years go by, but I'd say less than half an inch. As Ken suggested, I am certain that for me, it's been a matter of not being as rock hard as I used to be. I still do fine in the erection department, mind you.. no need for the Viagra just yet. But it's certainly not the same as when I was younger and felt as though I'd burst.
     
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    i'd be interested in learning more bout this...........think i shrunk bout an inch over the years but i think thats health/weight issue.........
     
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    At 18 I was 6 inches. Now I'm 5 3/4 and there is no fat in the way of the ruler.
     
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    i had shrinkage from the time i was 18 to the time i was 24. one day i looked down and i was just like, 'when did that happen'? i was at least an inch shorter. that's why i got into pe. i gained it all back and i'm hoping go a bit further.

    -so yes. it can shrink. not sure why.
     
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    Get thee to a urologist man - Since beginning testosterone replacement therapy, my sex life has improved with my wife> I also find that I want to masturbate: which I am now doing more frequently.

    I have noticed there appears to be more definition and the "pot" around the gut, which has been my bane for years, seems to be disappearing.

    Finally, as my wife has pointed out to me that I appear to be less depressed and angry, a symptom of low testosterone.

    But even with these improvements I still say getting old is a bitch.
     
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    I'm approaching 50 and I haven't noticed any shrinkage at all. if anything maybe I hang soft even bigger than when younger and hard it's as big as it was in my 20's. I do last longer during sex though...which I view as a good thing!
     
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    Maybe different guys have different experiences in this regard, but as for myself, I'm bigger now than I ever was.
     
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    Yes, it very definitely does shrink. Life sucks.
     
  20. spitball

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    Am interested in the pills you suggest - how to get them? from you?
    How did the other stuff work as described in your post? Please reply

    sbman49
     
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