Does Testosterone Increase Penis Size?
It is no surprise that the topic of penis size can take up significant real estate in most men’s minds. But although genital satisfaction is an essential aspect of both psychosocial and sexual health, a sizable portion of men report being unhappy with their genitalia. A recent study revealed that as many as 66% of men are unsatisfied with some physical aspect of their undercarriage. So it is no wonder that the marketplace is saturated with products and services promising to increase penile length. From miracle supplements to surgery and gimmicky devices, there is no shortage of questionable offerings that claim to help change the proportions of your nether region. One such product, testosterone, has been especially popular in the male sexual health arena. But is this sex hormone actually effective at increasing penile size? Let’s find out.
Penis Size Facts and Fiction
Although some men would like to change the physical appearance of their penis, the idea of an “average penis size” is somewhat debatable. According to several studies, the average length of a hard (erect) penis is 6 inches, while a soft (flaccid penis) is about 3.6 inches long. The average penis girth of a flaccid penis is reported as 3.66 inches, while the girth of an erect penis is 4.59 inches. If you are wondering what constitutes a “small penis,” here are the stats. If the penile length deviates by more than 2.5 inches from the average penis length, it is considered a micropenis. In addition to the debate about what constitutes a regular penis size, a few other penis-related facts could stand to be clarified.
For example, despite what you may have heard, things like foot size, nose size, and weight do not influence or accurately predict penis size. It is somewhat true that race and ethnicity could play a role in penis size, but the connection is not completely straightforward. For example, a study on average penis length showed no significant difference between Black men, Latin men, Asian men, and White men.
Another popular belief suggests that a man’s penis could either be a “grower” or a “shower” or that a man’s flaccid penis can grow “more than others” during an erection. A study in the International Journal of Impotence Research noted that smaller flaccid penises did grow more than larger flaccid penises. However, both groups averaged approximately 6 inches in length while erect, showing that the size of a flaccid penis is not a good indication of its erect size. In addition, the study pointed out that penis size is not constant. For example, penises can shrink in the cold to conserve heat or become smaller with age.
What Can Influence Penis Size?
Penis growth is predominantly influenced by genetics and by levels of testosterone in your body during puberty. During puberty, a group of sex hormones called androgens plays a role in reproductive health and body development. After your body has gone through puberty, there aren’t many things that could alter the final result. During puberty, your body experiences a surge of testosterone, a sex hormone produced in the testicles in men and ovaries in women.
Testosterone is also responsible for many secondary sex-related characteristics like body hair growth and the development of muscles. It is also essential for the production of sperm. The surge of testosterone associated with puberty usually occurs between the ages of 10 and 14. The penis may continue to grow until the age of 21, but after that, it is considered established and will not experience any future enlargement.
Role of Testosterone After Puberty
Testosterone production peaks during puberty and starts to decline after the age of 30. In addition to influencing penis size during puberty, testosterone plays many other important roles, like red blood cell production, fat distribution, and bone health. Here are a few other areas of men’s health influenced by testosterone:
- Sperm production
- Muscle mass and strength
- Sex drive, sex life, and sexual wellness
- Heart health
- Mood and behavior
The Impact of Low Testosterone Levels on Men
Although a natural tapering off of testosterone is to be expected after the age of 30, men can start experiencing negative side effects if their testosterone levels dip too low. Undesirable symptoms produced by low testosterone levels in men include:
- Decreased sex drive
- Low energy
- Less body hair
- Thinner bones
- Weight gain
- Erectile dysfunction
- Poor sleep
- Loss of muscle mass
What Causes Low Testosterone Levels?
When the sex glands produce little or no hormones, the condition hypogonadism is likely to occur. Hypogonadism is one of the reasons your body may not be producing enough testosterone. Other circumstances that could cause hormone levels to drop include chemotherapy, radiation, and chronic health conditions like AIDS, kidney disease, alcoholism, and liver cirrhosis can negatively impact testosterone levels. Additionally, environmental pressures and chronic exposure to microplastics can decrease testosterone levels.
If you are experiencing the adverse effects of low testosterone levels or want to check the status of your body’s testosterone production, you can schedule a simple blood test. However, having “normal hormone levels” for your age may not count for much. At LaSara Medical, we like to look at the full picture and assess your energy levels, fitness levels, and sexual health. We then ensure that we are able to optimize your hormone levels to help you achieve your overall goals.
Additionally, low testosterone levels have been on the rise amongst younger men, and men as young as 22-30 years old have been seeking testosterone treatments. It is especially important to treat hormonal imbalances that occur at an earlier age because low testosterone levels in younger patients could be accompanied by depression and anxiety.
What is Testosterone Therapy?
Testosterone replacement therapy works by providing the body with additional testosterone through skin patches, topical gels, or injections. Testosterone therapy replacement (TRT) injections and gels, like ones prescribed by LaSara Medical Group’s Medical Director, can help slow the many unwanted effects of low testosterone and the aging process. Testosterone replacement therapy from LaSara Medical Group is conveniently available through in-person appointments as well as Telehealth appointments in all 50 states.
Benefits of Testosterone Treatment include:
- Reduces body fat
- Boosts sex drive
- Help erectile dysfunction
- Better overall sexual function
- Increases erection frequency, strength, and duration
- Promotes strength and muscle mass
- Increases metabolism
- Increases sperm production
- Promotes facial and body hair growth (including pubic hair)
- Changes fat distribution
- Increases bone density
- Increases red blood cells production
Does Testosterone Therapy Increase Penis Size?
There is no scientific evidence that testosterone increase can result in penile growth after puberty or increase the size of a micropenis. Although Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) does not create penis enlargement, it has many other coveted benefits. Men, especially, can benefit from counteracting a hormonal imbalance and getting their lives and sexual health back on track. The goal of Testosterone Replacement Therapy is to optimize your body’s natural hormone levels and to get you back to operating at your peak. This means more energy, better sleep, healthier weight, and better erections.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy at LaSara Medical Group
Testosterone Replacement Therapy has many exceptional benefits for men. If your goal is to experience a better sex drive, increased sperm production and better sperm count, stronger bones, and improved muscle mass, make a consultation appointment with LaSara Medical Group today.
At LaSara Medical Group, we understand the unique challenges faced by men. With offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego, our highest priority is to help you get back to feeling more like yourself. If you’re tired of poor-quality testosterone products sourced from non-medical facilities or supplements with disappointing results, come to experience LaSara Medical Group’s innovative treatments for hormonal imbalances. To find out more about testosterone replacement therapy and if it is right for you, schedule a consultation with us today!