Sizing things up
Let’s be honest here – you take one look at those juiced up monsters parading around on the stage at Mr Universe, and it won’t be long before you are wondering;
What effect has all that testosterone had on that dude’s wedding vegetables?
So we grasped the nettle and decided to find out once and for all … “Does testosterone increase penis size?”
The best way to answer that is to quote the Reverend Timothy Lovejoy;
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 testosterone levels will extend more than just your lifespan and bicep circumference.
In this article we find out if testosterone is really the answer to a bigger penis.
Spoiler Alert: in that respect you are going to be disappointed. Read on to the end though, statistically speak you are probably worrying about nothing.
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 testosterone 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 you the size it will ultimately reach is determined even earlier still? Way, way earlier in fact.
Work from the University of Edinburgh in 2009 showed that eventual penis size is determined as early as 8 to 12 weeks into a pregnancy.
It all happens during what the team called the ‘masculine programing window (MPW).’
Experimenting on rats they were able to demonstrate that testosterone is crucial to penis development during this point. The more androgen activity Junior is exposed to during his MPW, the bigger his future.
Lead author Dr Michelle Welsh explains,
“There are two critical phases, both of which are dependent on androgens. Phase one, penis formation, occurs early in fetal life and is the more important phase… Phase 2, penis growth, offers a wider time window for androgen action, anytime from birth to completion of puberty.”
Boys II Men
But what about in adulthood? Will increasing your testosterone naturally increase penis size too? Brace yourselved here guys – 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 testosterone later in life 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.
A 1999 study found that 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.
“A 16-cm (6.3-inch) erect penis falls into the 95th percentile: Out of 100 men, only five would have a penis larger than 16 cm. Conversely, an erect penis measuring 10 cm (3.94 inches) falls into the 5th percentile: Only five out of 100 men would have a penis smaller than 10 cm.”
So there you have it, if you’re in there, you’re fine. If you’re bigger, bonus.
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.
So … Does Testosterone Increase Penis Size?
The real answer to this is yes, it does indeed increase penis size. But crucially, not in a way you can harness. It’s too late. For you, that ship sailed long ago.
Even after puberty it has an important role to play in your sex life, but 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 testosterone can keep you at full sail and with the energy to keep rowing all night long.