Try to start a conversation with other men about common penile concerns, and everyone will run for the hills. Given how people respond, how can you get answers to questions you have about your own health? How do you know what’s “normal?” Dr. Elist has provided answers to questions men are often dying to ask.
What is a “Normal” Size?
The “normal” size for a penis varies from three and a half inches to seven and a half inches, making the average penis approximately five and a half inches in length.
Can You Break Your Penis?
Yes. While there are no bones in your penis, there is a rigid layer that surrounds your penis allowing it to become erect. Known as the tunica albuginea, this fibrous layer of connective tissue surrounds the penile shaft and is made of elastin and amino acids. During arousal, your penis becomes engorged with blood, and the tunica albuginea allows the blood to remain inside the shaft. A penile fracture can happen when that fibrous tissue breaks during sexual intercourse. When this occurs, it causes a rupture in the fibrous tissue and the blood flows past the tunica albuginea resulting in swelling and bruising.
Is Erectile Dysfunction Normal at Any Age?
Not really. Your chance of developing erectile dysfunction before the age of 50 is less than five percent. If you are a young man who is experiencing trouble achieving or maintaining an erection on a regular basis, it may be a sign of an underlying medical condition such as:
- Prior penile trauma
- Problems with circulation or your vascular system
- Diseases such as diabetes or hypertension which affect your vascular system
Other factors such as prescription drugs, illegal drug use, or smoking may also contribute to erectile dysfunction. If you are experiencing ED, there are options available to you. Dr. Elist can help you find a solution that will allow you to live your life to the fullest and enjoy a happier and more satisfying sex life.
Is it Normal for my Penis to Vary in Size when it’s Erect?
No, your penis should be the same size every time it is fully erect. The hardness or completeness of your erection may vary depending on your level of arousal or the degree to which you are being stimulated, but your full erection will always be about the same size.
There is a Curve in my Penis. Should I Be Concerned?
While penises vary in size and shape, there should not be a severe curvature to your penis. Curvatures up to 30 degrees in your penis are a sign of Peyronine’s Disease and should be examined by Dr. Elist.
Do You Have Other Questions?
Dr. James J. Elist is among the top urologists practicing in the Beverly Hills area. Specializing in areas of men’s sexual dysfunction and penile disorders, there is no one more qualified to discuss your penile concerns with than Dr. Elist. He understands that the questions you have are deeply personal and will address them with dignity and confidentiality.