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Believe it or not, the penis actually does have a life cycle. As men age, the penis undergoes a variety of changes, some of which can affect sexual performance. These age-related changes, however, do not have to interfere with a healthy sex life.

When it comes to the aging penis, many men may be distressed to learn that the penis does in fact undergo changes as a man ages. As disturbing as that information may be, it is important for men to understand that, although the penis does have a life cycle, it doesn't mean that the penis will eventually stop working, as some men believe.

Although the penile changes that can occur with age can have an effect on sexual performance, many of these changes will not. There are several ways that the penis can affect sexuality as the male body changes with age.

More Time Required for Arousal and Erection

As men age, their testosterone levels start to decline. Men generally reach their sexual peak by the age of 30. After 30, testosterone levels begin to fall. As a result of this decline, it can take more time for arousal to occur. The older a man gets, the more likely he is to find it difficult to develop and maintain an erection. This is not the same as impotence, in which a man cannot obtain an erection. It simply means that as a man ages, his penis may not become erect as quickly as it did when he was younger, and more time and effort may be needed to become fully erect.

More Time Required to Achieve an Orgasm

Becoming aroused and obtaining an erection are not the only things that require more time as men age. It can also take longer to achieve an orgasm. This again is due to declining testosterone levels.

More Time Required for Secondary Arousal

It stands to reason that if all of the acts leading up to orgasm require more time, then it will also take longer for a man to become aroused a second time after he achieves an orgasm. A younger man in his 20’s is likely to be able to obtain an erection shortly after achieving an orgasm. This is not the case for older men. Some men may find it difficult or even impossible to become aroused a second time once they reach orgasm, and many who do become aroused find that it takes a lot longer to do so.

Decreased Amounts of Semen and Lower Sperm Quality

Although the amount of semen and the quality of sperm do not necessarily affect sexual performance, they can indirectly do so if the coupe is trying to conceive. The stress of knowing that semen levels have declined and sperm quality is decreased can also interfere with sexual performance.

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