A man’s manhood (penis) is his sex organ which is also responsible for the release of urine in men. Even a penis has a life cycle. Let’s look at the structure of a penis, which consists of the following:
- Glans – the penile head
- Corpus cavernosum – tissues that run along the insides of the penis that fills with blood to cause an erection
- Corpus spongiosum – sponge like tissue that runs along the insides of the front of the penis which also fills with blood to aide in erections and keeps the urethra open
- Urethra – aids in pushing urine out of the body through the corpus spongiosum
An erection results from changes in blood flow in the penis. When a man becomes sexually aroused, nerves cause penis blood vessels to expand. More blood flows in and less flows out of the penis, hardening the tissue in the corpus cavernosum. As men go from their prime into middle age and older, the penis undergoes various changes, involving appearance, sensitivity, size, even curvature. It is a good idea for men to beware of these normal changes, for their physical and mental frame of mind. The changes for the male penis are gradual, but you don’t want to look down there one day and with a screech, say “what happened.”
The penile glans (head) is going to change. As the penis ages, its blood flow is going to reduce, which causes the tip of a man’s manhood to lose its normal, healthy purplish hue. As men age, their testosterone hormone levels also decrease which makes their public hair lessened. Also, the penile shaft will appear smaller or disappear from his sight if men gain excess abdominal fat.
Size Does Matter?
A penile shrinkage will occur as men get older. It shrinks both in length and thickness. Granted, its shrinkage will be minimal, but noticeable. Men can lose as much as an inch by the time he is aged 60. Men in their 40s will also experience a smaller shaft and a decrease in the size of the testicles. As a part of the normal aging cycle, these penile events occur because of a decreased blood flow within the arteries that lead into the penis, development of a blockage from accumulated plaque (fatty, cholesterol-rich deposits).
Curved Shaped Manhood
The most common type of penile curvature occurs with a disease known as Peyronie’s disease, where penile scar tissues develop within the penis. If the scar tissue continues to grow, it results in a defined curved shape of the manhood. This generally occurs in men of middle age. The results are painful erections. The good news is that there are treatments available to correct this disease.
Lack of Sensitivity
The main reason that older men can not obtain an erection or reach an orgasm can be contributed to a gradual decrease in penile sensitivity. Reduced penile sensitivity, if serious enough, can cause erectile dysfunction and delayed orgasms.
Impotence is generally defined by age. The older a man becomes, the more likely he is to suffer from this condition only because the statistics state that before age 40, men can obtain 60% erections, but after age 70 that drops down to 30%.
Researchers have categorized the life cycle of the manhood and its symptoms:
A. The Plateau Phase
- the manhood erections become softer due to less muscle mass
- the testes don’t elevate towards the body
- less climax experiences
B. The Orgasm/Climax Phase
- fewer contractions during an orgasm
- ejaculation pressure decreases with age
- volume of semen in ejaculation stages will decrease
C. The Resolution Phase
- older male manhood’s will become more relaxed in a faster time period
- testes will lower away from the body a lot faster than in younger men
- the orgasm refractory time takes longer. Teens and men in their early 20’s have a refractory time of 3-5 minutes; men in their late 20’s have a refractory time of 15-30 minutes; men in their 40’s take around 3 or 4 hours for recovery times; men in their 50’s have a 10 to 12 hour refractory time, and when men reach their 60’s and beyond, it could take as long as 24 hours.
Urologists have a medical answer for all stages of the manhood stages. From young to old, there are sexual treatments that can help me continue with a health sexual life. Yes, even older men can take a pill, have a surgical implant, or see a sex therapist to learn other forms of sexual pleasure for their partners. The manhood organ is a man’s pride and joy, but like other parts of the body, it too will go through stages. Not to be dismayed, there is plenty of help for men as their penile area ages.