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Is it normal for your penis to shrink during exercise?

Is it normal for your penis to shrink during exercise?

Yes: There's actually a layer of smooth muscle that causes the penis to retract while you're exercising, for protection. It's the same for almost all of us. The key is that you're exercising -- a very good thing that it's important to keep up. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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What types of exercises can build stronger chest muscles?

What types of exercises can build stronger chest muscles?

Chest: Exercises to build your chest (per workoutbox.Com): barbell bench press; barbell bench press, declined; dumbbell flyes; dumbbell flyes, inclined bench; chest dips; cable crossover; floor flyes, dumbbell; floor flyes, dumbbell with feet up; plyometric pushups, lateral; push up;. ...Read more

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Why does my penis shrink during exercise?

Why does my penis shrink during exercise?

Shrinking penis: Since blood is diverted away from non-vital organs during strenuous physical activity, it is not uncommon for a man's phallus to "shrink" during exertion/physical activity. ...Read more

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Is it normal for your penis to shrink during exercise?

Yes: There's actually a layer of smooth muscle that causes the penis to retract while you're exercising, for protection. It's the same for almost all of us. The key is that you're exercising -- a very good thing that it's important to keep up. ...Read more

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My penis shrinks during exercise and even while sitting doing nothing. Ive sleep apnea untreated and borderline low testosterone. What could it be?

My penis shrinks during exercise and even while sitting doing nothing. Ive sleep apnea untreated and borderline low testosterone. What could it be?

Penis size chg: Size change of penis with temperature, activity, rest is ordinary. This reflects blood in the sinusoidal vessels of the shaft, which can expand or contract with various influences. ...Read more

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Can a penis shrink during adolescence puberty?

Can a penis shrink during adolescence puberty?

Penis size: Puberty is the period of rapid growth and sexual maturation in one's life. Having said that, the penis attains its largest size during this period and should not shrink. ...Read more

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I've anxiety and depression. During physical activities my penis shrinks in and I've head pressure all the time. Are these normal effects of anxiety?

I've anxiety and depression. During physical activities my penis shrinks in and I've head pressure all the time. Are these normal effects of anxiety?

Body concerns: First, there are effective treatments for anxiety & depression -- you can get started by seeing your family doctor about these problems. This would be a good idea given your concerns about head pressure & penis shrinkage anyway. Please know that the latter can be a normal effect in some physical activities like swimming in cold water. Can also be illusory if your belly overlaps it. ...Read more

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