Heads Up! Will Losing Weight Make the Penis… Bigger?
Did you know, if you lose 35 pounds, if you’re a male, you are gaining one inch of penis length? Dr. Oz said this on Oprah! And as the women, in the audience, giggled and Oprah blushed, I wondered how many women fell in love with Dr. Oz that day, and how many more wondered how much weight their husband was capable of losing.
“The penis really is the dipstick for male health without any question at all. And if it’s not working, it’s not just an ego issue—it’s a physical health issue.” Dr. Oz was on a roll, and as shocking as that statement was (although not as much as the first one) I did what any man with a penis would do, I asked a urologist.
Can losing weight make your penis bigger?
Losing weight has many advantages. As the fat pad over the supra-pubic area decreases, the penis essentially comes out of its hiding area. This doesn’t mean that the penis truly becomes longer. Click here, and see jaw-dropping weight loss photos of some of the participants on the Stefan Pinto C Diet™ – created for people who use Facebook.
However, the part of penis that hangs out of the body becomes longer, while the part that’s inside the body is shorter. This makes the functional portion of the penis longer. Losing weight has other advantages: higher testosterone levels, better blood vessel function, improved nerve function, and improved self image.
All of these factors help in improving sexual function.
Does being overweight cause your penis to “withdraw” into your abdomen?
Yes. Men with a large pannus (the extra fat around the abdomen) tend to have a large build up of fat in the supra-pubic area. The supra-pubic area is the area above the base of the penis over the pubic bone. As this area becomes thicker with fat, the penis gets drawn inward underneath the skin, creating an appearance of shorter penis.
The actual length of the penis does not change. However, more of it’s length is imbedded underneath the fat surrounding it. In other words, more of the penis is drawn inside the body, making the portion that hangs out of the body, shorter. This makes the functional portion of the penis shorter. Click here, and see jaw-dropping weight loss photos of some of the participants on the Stefan Pinto C Diet™ – created for people who use Facebook.
Why does the penis “shrink” to different lengths?
The penis shrinks to different lengths because of its levels of tumescence (how engorged or how much it is filled with blood). The penis is made up of two cylindrical bodies that contain spongy tissues [which] contain millions of tiny caverns that fill up with blood. In the most erect state, the spongy bodies’ caverns are filled to the max with blood, causing the spongy bodies to expand in length and girth, causing the penis to reach its maximum length and girth. In the softest state, the bodies are completely empty, therefore making the penis short and thin.
Because there are various degrees of blood flow inside the spongy tissues, there are various lengths and girths associated with the same penis at different times. There are many factors that determine the amount of blood flow inside the penis: degree of physical and psychological excitement, cold weather, and a person’s own body physiology.
Is it true that the penis does have a mind of it’s own?
Contrary to popular thought, the penis does not have its own brain. However, there are many factors that can cause a reflex erection, without a person being able to consciously control it. The autonomic nervous system can cause increased blood flow and decreased blood flow to the penis, without a person being able to influence its actions. For example, if a person has an erection, but is nervous about being with his partner, the autonomic nervous system will secret a neurotransmitter that stops the blood flow to the penis, and the person may lose his erection.
How does being overweight affect sexual performance?
Being overweight can have a significant effect on sexual performance. Excess fatty tissue will convert the naturally made male hormone, testosterone, to the female hormone, estrogen. Higher levels of estrogen are found in obese men. This problem causes lowered sex drive and lowered libido. Men with obesity have difficulty handling their penis, because the penis has retracted into the supra-pubic fat pad, as described above.
This makes it more difficult to penetrate. Men with obesity also have hypertension, diabetes, and hardening of the arteries throughout the body. These conditions damage the nerves and blood vessels that need to function properly to increase the blood flow into the penis’ spongy bodies. Therefore, obesity can cause erectile dysfunction (E.D.) or impotency. Hormonal imbalance and peripheral nerve dysfunction in obese men can also cause premature ejaculation. Click here, and see jaw-dropping weight loss photos of some of the participants on the Stefan Pinto C Diet™ – created for people who use Facebook.
Psychological factors having to do with body image in obese men may also affect sexual function: libido, erection, and ejaculation.
About Dr. Ramin, Diplomate American Board of Urology
Dr. S. Adam Ramin is an expert in Prostate Cancer and Robotic Laparoscopic Prostatectomy. Dr. Ramin has published numerous peer review articles and research papers on prostate cancer. He has trained other urologists in techniques of minimally invasive laparoscopy and robotic surgery. As a nationally recognized expert in performing and teaching robotic surgery, he has been invited to teach laparoscopic robotic surgery in California, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, Texas, and Colorado. Dr. Ramin is on staff at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Century City Doctors Hospital, Ventura Community Memorial Hospital, and City of Hope Medical Center. He is the President of the Los Angeles County Urological Association.
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