Factors That Can Affect Penis Size
New York, NY – The size of a man’s penis is linked to his self-image and idea of his masculinity and virility. But are there things that you might be doing that can negatively affect the size of your penis?
“You may not realize it, but there are certainly things you may be doing, or did during your adolescence, that affect the size of your penis,” says NY plastic surgeon Dr. Elliot Heller. “Your hormone levels, diet and whether you are a smoker or not can have an impact on your penis size.”
Testosterone is the hormone responsible for bringing about puberty, and gives men their male characteristics. It triggers the growth of facial hair, deepens the voice, and helps the penis to grow. Penis size increases between the ages of 12 and 18.
“If men have lower testosterone levels during puberty, this could affect the size the penis grows to,” says Dr. Heller. “Some men may, later in life, attempt to spur additional growth through the use of anabolic steroids or exogenous testosterone. This should never be done on one’s own without the medical advice of a physician as it can negatively affect the testes and prostate. Studies that followed men who used these supplements for performance enhancement purposes found no significant increase in penis size. In fact, the average growth was only about one centimeter, and it was typically in girth because steroids increase blood volume.”
Just as the onset of testosterone can spur the growth of the penis, older men may notice a small decrease in their penis size as their testosterone levels wane. The average man will lose about a half an inch in penis size as he ages.
Smoking and Tobacco Use
A study out of the Boston University School of Medicine found that smoking can reduce the size of an erect penis. The study found that smoking can have the same effect on the penis as it does the heart. Because smoking inhibits blood flow, it negatively effects the man’s production of elastin, which is the substance that allows a man to have an erection.
You are what you eat – and your penis size can be directly related to your diet. A healthy diet during puberty and after can indirectly control your penis size. A healthy diet ensures proper blood flow, which is necessary in the groin area to ensure your penis grows and is able to become erect.
Foods that contain vasodilators are especially important as vasodilators keep the muscles in the blood vessels relaxed. Broccoli, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, salmon, eggs, milk and tuna are all excellent sources. Men should also eat diets high in fiber and low in saturated fats to reduce the ability of fatty deposits to accumulate and clog the arteries of the penis.
“Penis size is an important issue for men, and is key to how they feel about their body image,” says Dr. Heller, who regularly treats men through male enhancement surgery. “In one Australian study, four out of five men found their penis to be too small, and 45% of men had considered a penile enhancement procedure. I see men every day in my office who are negatively affected by what they believe to be a penis that is too small. Penile enhancement procedures get excellent results, but it is also important to be sure you avoid factors that could negatively affect your penis size.”
If you are one of the many men who feels your penis size is less than adequate, there are excellent options to help you gain back your confidence. Schedule a confidential consultation with Dr. Heller today at 866-477-2023 to learn more about your options.
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