Factors That Can Affect Penis Size

Factors That Can Affect Penis Size

The size of a man’s penis is linked to his self-image and idea of his masculinity and virility. All men desire to have a bigger and fuller penis. The natural growth of the penis happens during puberty, which is between the ages of 10 and 14. This is the period when a man’s penis achieves maximum growth. After 20 years of age, the penis stops growing in length and girth. When a man finds that his penis size is short or inadequate or asymmetrical, he loses his confidence and, worse still, starts to suffer from various types of anxiety disorders.

A large penis makes a man feel confident and creates joy in his sex life. Though erectile strength and the length of intercourse are other factors for happy sex life, the size of the penis has always remained a key concern.

So, the big question is, what are the factors that can have an impact on the penis size? Researches prove that there are things that you might be doing that can negatively affect the size of your penis. “You may not realize it, but there are certain 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, stress levels, and whether you are a smoker or not can have an impact on your penis size.”

Given below are some of the key factors that can have a negative impact on the size of your penis and your sex life as a result.

Hormone Levels

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 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 on the heart.

Because smoking inhibits blood flow, it negatively affects 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 for the groin area to ensure your penis grows and is able to become erect.

For a healthy penis, you should include in your diet lots of fruits and vegetables which contain high amounts of antioxidants. These substances fight free radicals and prevent damage to the body and the blood vessels. In fact, antioxidants are known to add strength to the blood vessels. Foods that contain vasodilators are especially important as vasodilators keep the muscles in the blood vessels dilated and increase blood flow and circulation. Broccoli, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, salmon, eggs, milk, and tuna are all excellent sources of vasodilators. 

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. Some good examples of high foods are strawberries, avocado, pears, raspberries, beets, carrots, broccoli, split peas, lentils, oats, and almonds.


High levels of stress can have a negative impact on the size of the man’s penis. You already know how too much stress can attract different types of illnesses. When you are consistently under a lot of stress, the body circulation and flow of blood will be affected. If blood flow is not proper in the penis, the size of the penis will be stunted and this will lead to sexual health issues.

Stress and anxiety affect the functioning of the brain and how it sends signals to the body systems. If the brain doesn’t send proper signals to the penis, you might suffer from erectile dysfunction. Many middle-aged men get ED due to excessive personal and professional stress. Here, stress doesn’t mean the stress from doing an office job. Excessive stress is caused due to various life events. For example, relationship troubles can put you under a lot of stress affecting your sex life. If you plan to maintain a healthy penis and enjoy your sex life as much as possible, you should always keep a close watch on your stress levels. 

“Penis size is an important issue for men. It 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. 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. However, it is also important to be sure you avoid factors that could negatively affect your penis size.”

Should You Seek Consultation about Your Penis Size?

If you are one of the many men who feel your penis size is less than adequate, there are excellent options to help you gain back your confidence.

If you have penis size issues, you are not alone. A large percentage of men are not fully satisfied with their penis size.

You should not hesitate to talk to a surgeon or a urologist to discuss your specific penis size problem. Unless you seek expert opinion, you might not have clarity on a wide range of topics related to small penis, testicle issues, and sexual health. Your first point of contact will be your primary physician in this regard. However, you can also directly approach a sexologist or an experienced surgeon to get answers to all of your questions and concerns about average penis size, diagnosis of penis size problems, treatment options (surgical and non-surgical), etc.

Having a frank conversation with an experienced doctor or urologist will definitely prove to be a big help for you. The consultation will help you understand what is normal, find the ideal solution to your problem and get rid of the anxiety and stress which various penis issues often lead to.

Schedule a confidential consultation with Dr. Heller today at 866-796-2825 to learn more about your treatment options.

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