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How will your penis function change as you age?

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The nerves in your penis get less sensitive as you age. This can lead to trouble with arousal and having an orgasm. As testosterone levels drop, erectile dysfunction becomes more likely. You may lose rigidity, but not necessarily your ability to have intercourse. Perhaps the most common culprit is the body’s inability to hold blood in the penis. When this happens, you may be able to get an erection but not keep it. Blood flows in, but the aging muscle that surrounds your erectile tissue can’t hold it there.

SOURCES:

Kidshealth.org: “Male Reproductive System.”

Mayo Clinic: “Can testosterone therapy promote youth and vitality?” “Hydrocele.”

Abraham Morgentaler, MD, director and founder, Men’s Health Boston; author, The Truth About Men and Sex, Henry Holt and Co., 2013.

Irwin Goldstein, MD, director, sexual medicine, Alvarado Hospital; director, San Diego Sexual Medicine.

University of Rochester: “Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (Blood).”

Mayo Clinic: “Test ID: SHBG.”

Sexual Medicine Society of North America: “A Man’s Penis Changes with Age.”

UpToDate: “Peyronie's disease: Diagnosis and medical management.”

Journal of Electron Microscopy Technique: “Ultrastructure of the aging human testis.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Hormone replacement, the male version.”

OrthoInfo:”Effects of Aging.”

Urology: “Penile sensitivity in men: a composite of recent findings.”

Archives of Sexual Behavior: “Aging and sexual function in men.”

Urologic Nursing: “Erectile Dysfunction in the Older Adult Male.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 1, 2019

SOURCES:

Kidshealth.org: “Male Reproductive System.”

Mayo Clinic: “Can testosterone therapy promote youth and vitality?” “Hydrocele.”

Abraham Morgentaler, MD, director and founder, Men’s Health Boston; author, The Truth About Men and Sex, Henry Holt and Co., 2013.

Irwin Goldstein, MD, director, sexual medicine, Alvarado Hospital; director, San Diego Sexual Medicine.

University of Rochester: “Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (Blood).”

Mayo Clinic: “Test ID: SHBG.”

Sexual Medicine Society of North America: “A Man’s Penis Changes with Age.”

UpToDate: “Peyronie's disease: Diagnosis and medical management.”

Journal of Electron Microscopy Technique: “Ultrastructure of the aging human testis.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Hormone replacement, the male version.”

OrthoInfo:”Effects of Aging.”

Urology: “Penile sensitivity in men: a composite of recent findings.”

Archives of Sexual Behavior: “Aging and sexual function in men.”

Urologic Nursing: “Erectile Dysfunction in the Older Adult Male.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 1, 2019

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