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My penis is getting smaller!

By Love Matters February 3, 11:07 pm
What causes the penis to get smaller or shrink?

Most men are very sensitive about their gospel-pipe. This may be because it is widely believed that a bigger penis is always better. This is not always true. We have already proved that a bigger penis does not always mean that the sex will be good. Other factors such as foreplay and affection matter too.

Penises come in different sizes and shapes. Most men have penises of between 6 and 13 centimeters when soft (not erect). The penis increases in size until about 19-21 years of age, after this age, the actual size changes only slightly or remains the same.

But, not everyone is that lucky:

What if the penis begins to shrink (get smaller)? This is a nightmare! Why would this happen?

Here are 6 main reasons:
Weight gain

If you gain a lot of weight, your penis may start to look smaller. Note that this does not mean that it actually becomes smaller, it just looks smaller. What really happens is that when the belly expands, it pulls the penis inwards. If you lose weight, the penis will get back to its normal shape and size.

In very obese men, fat can cover most of the penis thus making it hard for a man to see his own penis.


Other body parts may age like fine wine but your penis may not.

As you grow older, you may notice that your penis and testicles become smaller. This happens because as you age, there is reduction in blood flow to the penis. This is, in turn, caused by an increase of fatty deposits in the arteries.

Also, constant small injuries from sex and sports may lead to accumulation of scar tissue in the penis. These scar tissue affect your penis’ erectile tissues leading to shrinkage and affecting erection size.

To maintain erectile function with age, remain physically active, eat a balanced diet, quit smoking, and avoid drinking alcohol excessively.

Peyronie’s disease

Every heard of curved and painful erections?

Peyronie can reduce the length and circumference of your penis. This s because this disease makes the penis to be bent when erect, instead of straight. Men can still have sex but it tends to be painful. This condition can be corrected through surgery.


Those smoking packets with scary images should start including pictures of smaller penises as a warning to smokers. Maybe this will encourage them to stop smoking.

Smoking is bad for your overall health but I bet you did not know it also affects your penis. 

The chemicals in cigarettes can affect blood flow to the penis. This is because these chemicals can injure or narrow the blood vessels in the penis thus preventing it (penis) from being filled with blood and stretching.

Smoking has also been associated with erectile dysfunction.

Stop smoking, save your penis!

Prostrate surgery

Most men who have had a cancerous prostrate removed experience a small to moderate decrease in their penis. Some men who undergo this procedure may not experience any shortening at all.


Some medications such as some antidepressants and certain drugs for enlarged prostate have been found to cause penis shrinkage

Now you know.


A slight to moderate reduction on your penis size should not prevent you from having enjoyable sexual experiences. If it is due to other medical conditions such as Peyronie’s disease, visit a doctor for treatment.

Have you noticed any changes to your penis? Share your experience and ask questions in the comments section.  

Did you learn something new?


This is a very good question and a very common one as well. So, do not worry, you are not alone. There are some remedies that could help you last a little longer. However, if you have premature ejaculation, you should go see  doctor.
One option is the stop-start method used to treat premature ejaculation but can also help a person last longer. This technique calls for the man to have sex or masturbate until you almost cum and then stop. When you’re about to climax, stop and squeeze right below the head of your penis. Apply firm pressure on the tube running underneath your penis. This will push blood out of the penis and momentarily decreases sexual tension, calming your ejaculatory response.This should be repeated many times.
Another remedy is to engage in sex styles that do not stimulate the underside of the penis like spooning and reverse cowgirl. You could also masturbate before having sex.

Hi Fancy, 

Love Matters is open, honest and sex-friendly. We strive to provide information to people with different beliefs and attitudes towards sexuality and sexual health matters. This means we target people from all religious and cultural beliefs thus we have a duty to ensure that their informational needs are met adequately. We encourage people to share their opinions whether they agree or disagree with something as long as it is done respectfully. Your input is appreciated. Thank you.  

Hi Maina, thank you for reaching out to us. According to a study by the British Institute of Urology, the average size of an erect penis is about 5.5-6.2 inches (14-15.75cm), and the average girth is about 4.7-5.1 inches (12-13cm). At Love Matters we’re a bit more cautious – we just say an erect penis is usually somewhere between 2.7 and 6.7 inches (7-17cm). When it comes to condom sizes, ‘average’ counts as 4.7-5.9 inches (12-17cm). Do you fall within these numbers? You may feel like it is small but chances are that it is very much within the normal range.

This article has some information that should be of help to you.

Hi Cornelius, if you have gone through the article then you know the possible reasons. If you are concerned then kindly see a medical professional for proper advice on the way forward.

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