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Male Organ Shrinkage Defined

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Shrinkage is a verb often used to describe the decrease in size of particular body parts. Shrinkage is particularly noticeable when isolated to the male organ; the penis. Male organ shrinkage is more commonly known as the sexual dysfunction known as shrinkage dysfunction. Shrinkage dysfunction is typically associated with erectile dysfunction. Shrinkage dysfunction is the gradual decline in the overall size of the penis, while erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve and maintain the presence of an erection. When the penis is shrunken in size, it is typically difficult to maintain or achieve an erection. Some believe that shrinkage dysfunction is the first step to the development of erectile dysfunction.

What are the Most Common Causes of Shrinkage Dysfunction?

There many causes for shrinkage dysfunction. One of the most commonly reported cause for shrinkage dysfunction is typically age. The aging of the reproductive system is usually associated not only with a gradual decrease in size of the penis (shrinkage dysfunction), but is also commonly associated with difficulties achieving and maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction). Both shrinkage dysfunction and erectile dysfunction are also commonly diagnosed as secondary conditions produced by the presence of another disease. The most common conditions correlated with the development of both shrinkage dysfunction and erectile dysfunction is diabetes and atherosclerosis.

Causes for Male Organ Shrinkage

There are a wide variety of causes for sexual dysfunctions in men. The most common sexual dysfunctions in men include shrinkage dysfunction and erectile dysfunction. It should be noted that the most common cause for both shrinkage dysfunction and erectile dysfunction is as a secondary condition. This is why a diagnosis of sexual dysfunction often leads physicians to do other testing to find the primary condition that may be causing the presence of sexual dysfunction. Some of the causes for these sexual dysfunctions are as follows:

  • Atherosclerosis (the clogging of blood vessels)
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Alcoholism (excessive use of alcohol)
  • Tobacco use
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Hormonal deficiencies
  • Prostate cancer treatments
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease

Risk Factors for Male Organ Shrinkage

There are also many risk factors that are thought to contribute to the development of sexual dysfunctions. The following risk factors are commonly attributed to the development of both shrinkage dysfunction and erectile dysfunction.

  • The use of certain medications
  • Substance abuse
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Prolonged bicycling
  • Certain types of surgeries
  • Certain types of injuries
  • Obesity
  • Aging
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Organ Shrinkage and You

If you have concerns about any type of sexual dysfunction (shrinkage or erectile dysfunction) the first step is education and information. Take time to research the causes, effects, and treatment options currently available. Once you have completed the necessary research, you will probably have a list of questions. Take these questions to your physician. Once they have been answered, develop a plan of action including lifestyle, dietary, and other treatment options to decrease overall signs and symptoms.

Source: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=54520

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