If you’re approaching your fortieth birthday, chances are you’ve been mulling over a question that you may not want to ask out loud. Don’t worry. Team Costhetics knows what’s on your mind. It’s on the mind of millions of men just like you. You want to know: “How does getting older affect my penis?”

We wish we could tell you that your trouser snake will escape those indignities of ageing that cause your face to wrinkle and your love handles to sag. We wish we could, but Costhetics is all about the facts, and the fact of the matter is that you and your penis are in for some big changes in the years to come.

Don’t be alarmed. You won’t suddenly wake up one morning, look down, and scream, “What’s happened to me?!” The changes to your genitals occur slowly over time. That’s good because it will give you time to prepare for the shape (and colour) of things to come.

Colour Me Older

You’re undoubtedly already familiar with the changes in colour that occur during kanoodling and the blood flow behind that phenomenon. As you age you are likely to develop a condition called atherosclerosis, a build-up of fatty deposits that narrow blood vessels. Atherosclerosis restricts blood flow to the heart, to the brain, and (you guessed it) to the penis. As a result, you may notice that your penis looks lighter in tone than you remember it, and lighter than the surrounding skin.

Additionally, the skin on your penis is just like the skin on the rest of your over-40 body. It may begin to grow more mottled with age. These to-be-expected changes in your penis should be discussed with your doctor during regularly scheduled check-ups to ensure that they are signs of ageing and nothing more.

Shrinkage

Think of ageing as a cold shower for your penis. Decreased blood flow, combined with a decrease in the hormone testosterone, can cause a penis to shrink by as much as a centimetre and a half. While the change is modest, the impact on a man’s self-image can be major.

Feeling uneasy, many men turn to the Internet and a dizzying array of magic bullets that promise to add inches, naturally or otherwise. Don’t you believe them.Pumps, creams, or pills will do nothing to improve the size of your penis.

There is, however, something that can help: reduce your belly fat, through diet or liposuction. Deposits of fatty tissue in the pubic region can cover the base of the penis, making it look and feel shorter than it is. Trimming the fat in that area can make the penis more visible. So can trimming the hair.

Losing Your Nerve

Changes in hormonal levels also lead to decreased sensitivity in your penis as testosterone levels decline. Decreased sensitivity can make it more difficult to achieve orgasm.

To end this post on a positive note, we’re pleased to report that while nothing can be done to increase sensitivity, health experts tell The Huffington Post that

“Guys can protect their penile health by having erections every day. They don’t have to be to the point of orgasm, but daily erections keep the arteries in shape and bring blood flow to the area.” – Dr Madeleine Castellanos, author of “Penis Problems, A Man’s Guide”

“Use It or Lose It” is the new motto at Costhetics. Make it yours, too, for better penis health at any age.

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