Sizing things up
Look at any before and after picture of a guy who’s successfully raised their T. You’ll doubtless see many areas where their physique has grown in a positive way.
Talk to those same guys about other benefits and they’ll likely tell you they’ve noticed an improvement between the sheets too.
So, high T causes body parts to grow and can help us in bed. Hardly surprising then that some may be curious what upping male hormone might do for us south of the border.
A recent survey suggests that up to 45% of men are worried about the size of their penis. That means odds are at least some of you reading this are hoping healthy T will extend more than just your life.
However you ended up here, the question remains the same: Do testosterone levels affect penis size?
The best way to answer that is to quote Reverend Timothy Lovejoy;
Let’s start with where we definitely know T plays a role: early development.
Before puberty, girls and boys are pretty much level pegging hormonally in terms of testosterone and estrogen levels. This is why through childhood there’s not typically a great difference in physical size and strength between genders.
After the onset of puberty however, a boy can start producing up to 50 times more T than he was before.
This sudden flood changes us in all the impressive and occasionally mortifying ways you probably remember. Growth spurt, facial hair, deepening voice and of course, penis growth. Between the ages of 12 and 21 your manhood will increase rapidly.
But what if I told the size it will ultimately reach is determined even earlier still? Way, way earlier in fact.
Work from the University of Edinburgh in 2009 shows that eventual penis size is determined as early as 8 to 12 weeks into a pregnancy. It all happens during what the team call the ‘masculine programing window (MPW).’
Experimenting on rats they were able to demonstrate that T is crucial because it’s all about androgens at this point. The more androgen activity Junior is exposed to during his MPW, the bigger his future.
Lead author Dr Michelle Welsh explains,
Boys II Men
But what about in adulthood? Will increasing your T naturally take your measurements with it? In a word, no.
As we’ve seen it’s all to play for in the early stages, but once we’re through puberty, that’s us set for life. Think of it as nature’s soufflé, lads. The kind of rise you get is dictated by the ingredients which went into the mix during prep. Once it’s in the oven there’s nothing you can do but watch and hope.
Not only will more T not increase penis size, currently nothing else will either.
Any contraptions or pill telling you different doesn’t have a third leg to stand on. The only thing they’re stretching is credibility. Just remember that before you go putting your money – let alone *ahem* anything else – into these products.
A 1999 study found treating under developed infants with testosterone enabled them to develop normally into adulthood, but again this is within the crucial MPW.
Flooding yourself with artificial T to try and recreate the puberty effect would be a seriously bad idea.
You risk shutting down your body’s natural testosterone output which can cause serious health complications and loss of sexual function. Negative body changes too, the opposite of what you want.
Importantly, according to the experts hardly any of us have anything to worry about anyway.
In 2015, research by Kings College London, looked at 17 studies which scientifically measured over 15,000 penises and found the average was 5.16 inches or 13.12cm.
So there you go, if you’re in there, you’re fine. If you’re bigger, mazel tov. If you’re not, lucky for you we live in the age of technology, my friend. There’s everything you need out there to style yourself a gigolo version of Inspector Gadget.
It wouldn’t be fair to say T is no help to in this area though. Apart from keeping you healthy and keeping you full of stamina when you and your John Thomas are at action stations, higher T also breeds confidence. That means fewer needless anxieties, including this one.
The long and the short of it
Basically, testosterone absolutely affects penis size, but only up to a point, no pun intended. Even after puberty though it has an important role to play in your sex life.
It’s really not about the size of the ship it’s the motion in the ocean.
Testosterone might not make your longboat any longer; but achieving your peak natural T can keep you at full sail and with the energy to keep rowing all night long.