In my last article I proposed that most men want a larger penis out of choice and not because they have a physical problem. A man with an erect penis smaller than 11 cm in length and 12 cm in girth may benefit from a consultation with a medical specialist and male erectile enhancement. Penis size always matters.
Bearing all these factors in mind what affects the size of the erect penis?
1. First and foremost your genes. Your ancestry has the largest influence on penis size and although there are ethnic differences there are also large variations within ethnicities.
2. Your general health and health history. Penis size is affected by erection strength and in turn can be influenced by for example your emotions (e.g. stress, being in a healthy relationship), your diet (e.g. healthy eating and drinking), your lifestyle (e.g. amount of deep sleep, drug or alcohol abuse), your fitness level (e.g. being more active and developing stronger core muscles is beneficial) and many health conditions (e.g. high blood pressure, low hormone levels, diabetes).
3. How active your sex life is. Use it or lose it, especially as you become older! (this has been shown in a number of studies).
4. Whether you have successfully used male erectile enhancement methods before.
I will review some different methods in my next article but first of all it is important to understand how an erection is developed and what limits penis size.
How is an erection developed?
An erection occurs when blood flow into the penis is increased and it becomes trapped with nowhere to go except in the expansion of the penis tissue. As every man knows this is caused by sexual arousal. This emotional response increases the electrical activity of one part of the brain (para-ventricular nucleus) and in turn this sends a signal through the nervous system to the prostate gland, the nerves in the pelvic cavity, the penis blood supply system and the corpora cavernosa.
The corpora cavernosa are two types of cylindrical, sponge like tissues, that run the length of the penis from the base to the head. The sexual arousal signal relaxes the muscle fibres in this tissue and allows blood to fill the spaces. The amount of expansion is limited by a tough outer skin called the tunica. When the tunica can no longer expand it starts to block the veins that normally take blood away from the corpora cavernosa. At the same time the pelvic floor muscles (core muscles) contract around the base of the corpora cavernosa and further reduce the blood flow out of the penis. The penis becomes hard due to the increased blood pressure.
What is limiting the size of an erect penis?
These are the main factors that limit the size of an erect penis:
1. How much blood can flow in.
2. How much blood can be prevented from flowing out.
3. How much the penis tissue is physically allowed to expand radially and lengthwise.
4. Additional factors that affect perceived penis size (e.g. amount of pubic hair, the size of the fat pad directly above the penis base and even the beer belly!)
Point 3 is very important to remember because penis size is ultimately limited by the net blood volume AND the maximum pressure that can be sustained without blood vessel damage. In other words all the penis tissue and any ligaments that attach it to the abdomen must be physically enlarged to allow this.
In my next article I am going to review male erectile enhancement methods and how to increase penis length and increase penis girth.