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3 Things That Happen To The Penis When A Guy Stops Having Sex

Or stop all sorts of sexual activity.
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1. The penis can lose its size and shape.

The penis has to be exercised, according to Tobias Kohler, MD, assistant professor of urology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. That way, it can keep its shape and tone, since it will be enriched with oxygen as blood flows to the penis and makes it erect. It’s similar to how exercising keeps our muscles toned.

Shortening of the penis doesn’t happen in all cases, but it does occur. Men who can’t get erections due to physical trauma or damaged nerve of blood vessels are more prone to that. “If they don’t do anything to maintain normal erections, they will get shortening of the penis,” says Kohler. The penis can shrink 1 to 2 centimeters shorter.

2. Having no or very little sexual activity is associated with erectile dysfunction.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) happens when a man consistently cannot sustain an erection. There are many studies showing that men who don’t have sex or have it infrequently are twice more likely to experience ED compared to men who are sexually active. Research published in the American Journal of Medicine suggests that the penis, as a muscle, preserves potency through sex the same way physical exercise maintains the body’s strength.

However, some urologists emphasize that while infrequent or no sex is associated with ED, it is not clear that it causes ED.


“Having sex is good, masturbating is good, but the concept that men have to go out and have sex to preserve erectile function is bogus,” says Irwin Goldstein, MD, director of sexual medicine at Alvarado Hospital, San Diego.

The studies done in the past focus on sexual intercourse having an association with ED, without looking at the role of masturbation. According to Juha Kkoskimaki, MD, PhD, a urologist at Tampere University Hospital in Tampere, Finland, “[Masturbation] probably does help,” adding that both forms of sexual activity seem to protect nerve fibers and blood vessels in the penis from damages that are responsible for ED, and they seem to prevent scarring of the chambers inside the penis that fill with blood for an erection.

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3. Men who don’t have sex are more likely to get prostate cancer.

Decades-long studies have found that men who have sex frequently have smaller odds of getting prostate cancer than virgins. A more recent study published in 2014 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology found that men who have sex with more than 20 women, rather than just one partner, are linked with a 28 percent drop in their chances of being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Similarly, male virgins were twice as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than non-virgins.

This isn’t to say that the 2014 study suggests that men should go gallivanting to have sex with more than 20 women. It does not. According to Dr. David Samadi, urologist and oncologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of urologic diseases and prostate cancer, the study actually reinforces studies done in the ’90s and early 2000s that suggest that frequent ejaculation can protect against prostate cancer. It doesn’t matter if the man has many or one sexual partner.

A number of factors can influence a man’s risk of getting diagnosed with prostate cancer, such as family history and diet. Yet Samadi states that science is “increasingly blaming inflammation in cancer development.” He explains that studies have found that men who don’t ejaculate often have inflammatory cells gather in the seminal vesicles adjacent to the prostate gland. This can lead to cancer over time. (The seminal vesicles secrete a significant amount of fluid that composes the semen.)

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