Men spend a great deal of time thinking about the size and length of their penis. Even a man who is well-endowed often has the feeling that he has, in fact, a small penis. Because of this, men are always looking for ways to improve the length and girth of their member. However, some men face the startling and awful problem of noticing their penis becoming smaller with time. Even if they step up their good penis care regimen, nothing quite seems to work – and so they begin to panic.
The cause behind that sudden smaller penis size is Peyronie’s disease. The good news is that it is avoidable! Here’s what a man needs to know about this surprisingly common issue.
What is Peyronie’s disease?
When a man suffers some sort of trauma to the penis, the result is often a buildup of scar tissue where the injury took place. This is quite normal; it’s the body’s way of healing itself. But when it happens in the penis, it can cause problems. That’s because the penis is meant to be elastic, able to stretch impressively when engorged with blood. When there is scar tissue where that elastic tissue is supposed to be, that area doesn’t stretch. The result is a penis that bends or curves. This is often referred to as Peyronie’s disease.
Though some amount of curvature is perfectly normal – in fact, it’s a rare man who has a perfectly straight penis! – a very pronounced curve or bend might lead to other problems later, such as pain during intercourse or even pain during erections. And even if a man doesn’t suffer that pain, he might notice that the placement of the scar tissue makes his penis enlarge a little bit less than it used to. A guy can actually lose up to an inch of length thanks to the scar tissue buildup.
But what if there hasn’t been any trauma to the penis? This is what confuses many guys about the situation. Though it’s easy to think of ‘trauma’ as something that happens suddenly, involves a lot of pain and blood, and takes a great deal of time to heal from, that’s not usually what causes Peyronie’s disease (though it certainly can!).
What actually happens is that the penis endures tiny tears and irritations over a long period of time. This can happen over several sessions of rough sex or masturbation, from a man masturbating in a certain position all the time, or from even using the same sexual techniques over and over when he’s in bed with a partner. Those tiny tears might be very slight, leading only to soreness from time to time. But each one leaves their mark in the form of tiny bits of scar tissue. Over time, that tissue can build up.
What can be done about a small penis?
The best way to avoid the problem with small penis size is to avoid trauma in the first place. This means varying the masturbation routine, changing up the sexual habits from time to time and taking care not to have a sore, irritated penis.
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