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Working Out and Penis Size — Cause and Effect?

Sunday Nov 11, 2018

Did you know that exercise makes your penis grow smaller?

But that shouldn't be seen as an excuse for not going to the gym - it is only a short-term effect.

"When men exercise, their penises and testicles may become temporarily smaller," reports the website Fatherly. It's less of a cruel joke and more of a short-term physiological effect—and while it may not make locker rooms any more comfortable, it's nothing to be concerned about."

The reason? Blood flow, according to Richard Honaker, a physician and chief medical officer at Your Doctors Online, who told Fatherly: "When working out, the body sends blood to the muscles and joints, thus reducing the amount to the penis and scrotum."

"There is nothing to worry about and nothing to do to prevent it."

There is, though, a reason to exercise that should enhance penis size: weight loss.

"Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, a urologist and professor at University of Central Florida College of Medicine, explains that men who do not exercise tend to develop a fat pad over their penises. That can take years of hard work to get rid of—far longer to get rid of than any residual loss of length, due to vigorous exercise," the Fatherly report continues.

"I always tell my patients that, for every 10 pounds you lose, you could see another inch of your penis," Brahmbhatt told Fatherly. Honaker agrees. "It is more important to exercise regularly than to worry about a temporary loss of penis size," he says.

Plus the more you work out, the less likely that penis shrinkage will occur at all.

"The more fit men are, the more efficiently blood moves throughout their bodies, the less they'll notice any changes in size as a result of healthy physical activity, Brahmbhatt adds. So if your dick is shrinking during workouts, it might be a sign that you're not hitting the gym often enough. And for men who work out regularly and still experience a slight shift, what they lose in temporary size, they gain in stamina and cardiovascular health," Fatherly repots.

"The stronger your heart, the stronger your erections," Brahmbhatt says.


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