Factors affecting the growth of male genitalia

Hormones: The most important factor that regulates and enhances the male penis size is male sex hormone called Testosterone which causes the growth of facial and body hair, muscular development and an increase in penis size. It should be, however, noted that Testosterone will increase the size of the penis and will stimulate the production of body hair but will have no effect on the size of the testes. In addition, pituitary gland’s growth hormone also has an important impact on the overall growth of the human body including the penis.

Smoking: According to the Boston University School of Medicine, smoking could reduce the size of a man’s erect penis even after puberty. The study involved 200 men revealed that smoking affects the penis in the same way that it does the heart. It damages the blood vessels and inhibits blood flow. This in turn affects elastin, the substance believed to govern a man’s ability to have an erection.

In addition, smoking could potentially reduce size by restricting the quantity of blood flow into the penis chambers as the penis is the quickest and first part of the body to be affected by clogged arteries.

Diet: Food indirectly controls the size of your penis especially during its growth before adulthood and even afterwards. A healthy diet can keep your blood flowing, even in your groin area. The main components of food are called vasodilators which work by relaxing the muscles that make up all of your blood vessels. Foods that include these are vegetables such as broccoli, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and carrots.

Also, foods such as salmon, eggs, milk, tuna, and liver also contain vasodilators. In addition, vitamin E, Zinc and Selenium have been specifically found to be associated with male sexual and reproductive health. Men, therefore, should consume a high fiber diet, low in saturated fats to prevent or reduce the buildup of fatty deposits that narrow and clog penile arteries. Also, they should stay away from animal fats and sugar as the excess of both could lead to diabetes and heart disease, eventually leading to impotency (sexual dysfunction).

Impact of poor penis growth in adult life

It has been suggested that about a quarter of men have been teased about their penis size, so they are embarrassed to then seek help from their doctor for health problems such as testicular cancer and erectile dysfunction. Previous research has also shown that penis size is associated with men’s perceptions of their masculinity, virility, potency, and self-worth.

To better understand the relationship between penis size and body image, a study was recently conducted at La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society.

In a sample study done on 500 adult men to gain an understanding of the importance of penis size, it was found that penis size is an important issue for men and is a key part of men’s body image. In fact, according to the results of this study, 86 per cent of men believe the length of their erect penis was not satisfactory. In the same study, four out of five men said they are not completely satisfied with their genitals, and 43 per cent have considered having an operation to lengthen their penis.

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