Most guys are pretty cognizant of what’s going on below their belt buckle. But there are lots of things men don’t know about their equipment, things that will astound you. For one thing, though it is sensitive as anyone who has been kicked between the legs can attest, the penis is also strong. But this very rarely gets highlighted. Just take the example of one strange niche in Kung Foo that involves lifting more weight with one’s flaccid member than a man can normally bench press. Grandmaster Tu Jin-Sheng of Los Angeles is one such practitioner who gained notoriety by hauling a tractor trailer and even an 8,000 pound World War II fighter plane with his penis. Practitioners believe that doing so strengthens the organ, improves sexual functioning and can ward off serious illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. Surprisingly, such practices have not yet become commonplace. Okay, maybe not too surprising. After all, according to two different studies, one out of Cornell University and another out of Michigan State, men’s genitals are just as sensitive as women’s. For men the most sensitive areas are generally the tip and the area just behind the head or glands called the frenulum.
At a certain age men start to focus on erections.But did you know that they have grades? First is larger but not rigid, next hard but not enough for intercourse, then there is firm enough for penetration but not rock solid. Finally there is fully engorged. In the 1990s scientists developed this scale for when they were working on the ED pill Viagra. Today the scale is known as the International Index of Erectile Function. You may be aware of the erections you have during the daytime. But what about when you are asleep? Urologists say healthy men typically have three to five erections over the course of one night. This occurs at the REM level of sleep.One rare disease causes painful erections while sleeping the kind that can wake a man out of a sound sleep. But only 30 cases have been recorded thus far.
Lots of men fear being too small to please a woman. Yet, a recent British study found the vast majority of men are average in length and girth. A scant few fall below. But a micropenis is the rarest of all. Keep in mind you can’t tell what size you are erect when you are flaccid. But an erect micropenis is considered to be two inches in length or smaller. Only 0.6 to 1% of men have this condition according to Dr. Leo Doumanian. He’s a reconstructive surgeon at the University of Southern California’s Institute of Urology. To put those numbers in perspective of the 151.4 million men in the U.S., 1.5 million have a micropenis. Unfortunately, TV and other media poke fun at those who are less than endowed. Those men with this particular condition are maligned and their worth and masculinity often brought into question. But for any man with a micropenis, Dr. Doumanian says it isn’t their size that affects their sexual relationships but their feelings of inadequacy.
Those who believe they may lack a certain length or girth or even have a micropenis can still please a woman, be confident and experience the rich, fulfilling sex life they desire.First, one must become comfortable with one’s self. Come to terms with your size. Even celebrate it. If you are confident in the bedroom, pay lots of attention to your partner, focus on her wants, needs and desires and give her lots of extended foreplay, chances are she will consider you an exceptional lover. Realize that the vast majority of women don’t reach orgasm through vaginal intercourse. Work on your oral and digital skills to bring your lover to the realm of pure bliss. Next, consider what positions will give you an advantage during intercourse. Pick positions with deeper penetration.Place a pillow under her buttocks instead of regular missionary for instance. Throughout the process make her laugh, make her feel comfortable, go slow, seduce her and give her the time of her life. You’ll be her best lover no matter your size.
Lots of times, when things are getting hot and heavy we scramble to get the condom and put it on. We are caught up in the heat of the moment. But rushing like that also increases the chances of something going wrong. According to one study it also increases the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). That’s due to the condom being put on wrong causing a rip, tear or even slippage. 60% of women reported one of these problems due to a rush to get the condom on. Those couples who moved too quickly were also less likely to use a condom the entire time. Dr. Lydia Shrier was the lead researcher in this study. She hails from both Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Shrier told Reuters that couples should take their time and not rush through the process. If you don’t use a condom the right way, you open yourself up to the possibility of pregnancy or contracting an STI she said, and infections are on the rise.
This study examined the data of 512 men and women in five cities who had visited health clinics known for treating STIs. Ages of participants ranged from 15 to 65. These participants recorded their sexual habits in a diary for 180 days. In total, this led to 8,856 recorded instances of heterosexual intercourse. Each one included the use of a condom. 5% of the time participants encountered a slip, rip or tear. But this occurred only 2-3% of the time when partners didn’t rush. Furthermore 14% of those who weren’t rushed used a condom the entire time. 23% of those in a hurry did so. Certainly, no one is saying that the intensity or velocity of hot sex should be tempered. But when the time comes to put on the condom, it pays to take a little pause. Why not make it part of foreplay? There are all kinds of erotic ways one can put it on. You can even have it placed on by your partner. Gaze into each other’s eyes, show yourself off or ask your partner to. You can even engage in a little pillow talk, letting them know what you are going to do as soon as you get the condom on. So you can slow down to put on a condom and let the mood continue at the same time. This way you are both protected as well as turned on.
Several studies show that men who have more sex are less likely to experience erectile dysfunction. On the negative side, those who have less sex have a higher risk. So can a lack of sex lead to ED? If so, can men limit their risk by engaging in sex and masturbating regularly? One 2008 study out of Europe showed that a lack of sex could lead to impotence. But this is the one and only such study. No other researchers thus far have confirmed these results. The European study published in the American Journal of Medicine, followed 989 male participants. They were in their fifth, sixth and seventh decade of life. Here researchers concluded that sexual activity was akin to exercise in maintaining male potency. Whether or not masturbation helps preserve functioning was not included in this study, only sexual intercourse. Many urologists say that such activities probably help. Intercourse was found to preserve the blood vessels and nerves associated with an erection.
Though a lack of sex is associated with ED, it hasn’t been proven to cause it. Irwin Goldstein, MD is the director of sexual medicine at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego. He told WebMD, “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.” According to the spokesman of the American Urological Association, a lack of sex is generally a consequence of ED rather than the cause. Researchers in the European study admit that those who had good erections and frequent sex may have just had good genes. Having erections seems to be the key factor in being able to have them again in the future. A good sex life and masturbating are fine health-wise. But a lower body weight, exercise, getting good sleep, taking care of any emotional issues such as stress and depression, and controlling diabetes and blood pressure are also important aspects of preserving sexual health.
In a breakthrough that could revolutionize male infertility treatment, scientists have for the first time created sperm in a lab, outside of the human body. This advancement could protect or restore male fertility for tens of thousands worldwide in the near future. Biotech firm Kallistem has achieved this innovation. The company recently announced that it had done so at the end of 2014. Scientists at the company used patient testicular biopsies containing spermatogonia or underdeveloped germ cells. For over 15 years a number of scientific firms have been trying to be the first to achieve spermatogenesis in vitro. This is a terribly complex process that takes 72 days to complete. A company spokesperson says they used two entirely new, patented technologies which meet current regulatory standards. The company has funded its own research to date. Now, it is looking for partnerships to help take this development to the next level.
Kallistem seeks to turn this breakthrough into a viable fertility therapy for men whose fertility is treatment resistant. Pre-clinical trials will come to a close in 2016. This technique will then undergo clinical trials starting in 2017. Within five years, it is hoped that fertility clinics will be able to offer this technique. Men will be able to have their sperm created in a lab that can then be used to fertilize their partner’s egg. Male infertility is a global problem. Sperm quality and counts have been dropping for the last half-century. Scientists still aren’t sure why. PBAs, chemicals used in agriculture, aluminum and many other substances are suspected. Professor Hervé Lejeune of the Department of Reproductive Medicine at Lyon University spoke out about this breakthrough. She called it “a real biotechnology achievement.” She also said, “This opens up long-awaited therapeutic possibilities.” There are 50,000 patients with at-risk fertility each year globally, according to statistics. Another use, today there is no treatment to protect the fertility of prepubescent boys going through chemotherapy for cancer treatment. There is also no current treatment for males who have treatment-resistant infertility. This breakthrough will lead to techniques to protect or reinstitute the fertility to males in these cases.