Men's Sexual Health

Male Orgasm

An orgasm, or the climax of a sexual activity which is often accompanied by the ejaculation of semen, can be achieved in two ways. One is social in the form of a sexual intercourse and the other often solitary, through masturbation. In any case, a male orgasm is a progressive pleasurable sensation when the penis or prostate (which is often regarded as the male g-spot) is stimulated. Sources say that the stronger the stimulus, the more intense orgasm there is. There are four general phases to an orgasm: the excitement, the plateau phase, the orgasmic phase, and the resolution.
The excitement phase
This is where all the fun starts and where arousal and erection commonly begins. Simply put, this is the stimulation phase when your mind starts conjuring up sexual mental images and when you and your partner maybe kissing, touching, necking, and the like to get you both aroused. Masturbation is often a means to achieve arousal on both sexes.
The plateau phase
Pelvic contractions and trembling are indicators of the plateau phase. This is the height of muscle and sexual tension in an orgasm. Some who are tension retentive find this phase the most pleasurable and some find that the longer you stay at this stage, the more intense your orgasm will be.
The orgasmic phase
This is orgasm itself where all the tension from the plateau phase is released. The release of tension is often accompanied by ejaculation or the release of semen in men. Most men, unlike women, need rest before another orgasm could be had but is often dependent on age and health.
The Resolution
After an orgasm, a man feels an overall sense of satisfaction and pleasure instead of fatigue. More often than not, you will find yourself drowsy and drifting to sleep because sex and masturbation are believed to be the best and safest tranquilizers known to man.

Masturbation - Male Masturbation and Health

Who says it takes two to tango? Your sexual life need not be belabored. Masturbation is an easy way to get that orgasm without having intercourse that can give you pleasure less the prostate problems in the future.
Sexual Intercourse vs. Masturbation
Many sexologists actually recommend masturbation because it has been proven to be a good means to prevent prostate cancer, the second-most fatal cancer among men. Ejaculation through masturbation helps clean up and unclog the prostate gland without having the risk of an interchange of microbial bodies that transmit STDs which is a possibility in ejaculation through sexual intercourse. In fact, scientific studies favor masturbation over sexual intercourse or penetration because of its healthy benefits. Masturbation is gaining public popularity and is celebrated through Masturbation Month in the U.S. and Masturbate-a-thon in England. Great sex requires thoroughness and a mastery of one’s genital anatomy. Masturbation is a great avenue to explore one’s erotic zones. If you decide to have intercourse with your partner, masturbation is very helpful in getting yourself as well as your partner aroused. In addition, once you’ve mastered your erotic zones, you can easily communicate this to your partner and not only get pleasurable sex but a healthy partnership as well. Masturbation: A Healthy mental exercise Apart from being able to prevent prostate cancer, male masturbation is considered to be a healthy way to exercise one’s mind. Studies have shown that 98 percent of men fantasize about another person or other people while masturbating. A man’s mental images are heightened during masturbation and though he is not straining his brain , masturbation allows him to release his creativity in his mind. This later on manifests itself during sexual intercourse. Furthermore, Masturbation is an opportunity for one to relieve stress and tension and can lead to happiness and satisfaction afterwards.

Prostate Health - Keeping it healthy and up

Having trouble with urinating? Or worse, experiencing impotence in bed? Then you might just be at risk of having an infected prostate or an enlarged one. Every year as many as 2 million American men suffer from prostrate problems. Specialists state that as one grows older, his prostate is more susceptible to diseases and abnormal conditions. Common symptoms of prostate problems are linked to urinary problems. Fortunately, there is hope not only for urination, but more importantly, to get that erection whose absence is greatly missed by you and your partner. The prostate, which plays a vital role in semen production, is directly linked to sexual impotence a.k.a. the inability of a man to have an erection and consequently, the inability to ejaculate. So when the natural prostate condition is disrupted, erection and ejaculation become close to an impossible dream. Commonly-cited causes of impotence are associated with surgery, diseases, medication, and stress. Apart from these, the most chronic culprit is an unhealthy prostate.
Three diagnoses of unhealthy prostates are:
1. Prostatitis – an inflamed prostate that may or may not be caused by bacteria
2. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia – an enlarged prostate that is a common cause of urinary problems
3. Prostate Cancer
You need not undergo prostate surgery or treatments as long as you keep it healthy. Studies show that your lifestyle has a large effect on prostate health. Submitting yourself to a healthy diet and lifestyle is the way to go. Your choice of food can spell the difference between a healthy prostate and one that is not which affects normal urination and erection. The National Cancer Institute validates the vital role that frequency and amount of tomato (particularly its nutrient lycopene) intake play on prostate cancer prevention. Soy-based food and flaxseed have beneficial effects as well. On the other hand, an excessive intake of saturated fats from milk, meat and processed food, which contain a lot of fat, is highly discouraged as well as alcoholic beverages and caffeine. Regular exercise also keeps the prostate healthy and aids in strengthening one’s immune system.

Penis & Testicular Health - Manliness is next to Cleanliness
When the topic of a man’s reproductive organs comes up, the question of size is the most outstanding while hygiene becomes an unfrequented detour. Every man’s problem with impotence, urination, and even erection could be traced back to improper hygiene. All men are susceptible to genital problems. especially teenagers, who are sexually explorative. Although genital problems such as jock itches, rashes and other skin-related problems of the groin area are generally treatable with the use of lotions and ointments. The best strategy to combat genital problems and to maintain good penis and testicular health is maintaining good hygiene. Most genital itches occur because of infection. Jock itches brought about by ringworm infection, rashes, yeast infection, orchitis (or testicle inflammation), epididymitis (the infection of a part of the testicle) are essentially caused by bacterial, fungal, lice and ringworm infections that could manifest itself in symptoms of swelling, red spots, bumps and pain. Though fungus and bacteria are present everywhere it is never a daunting task to prevent infection and comes very simply:
1. Fungus and bacteria thrive in damp and moist environments therefore it is very important to keep the genital area dry. To be sure, always wear dry cotton underwear and avoid wearing tight shorts or pants.
2. Lice, any part of it, whether the eggs or tails are spread through contact with fingers and hair. Towels are a common home for lice. Avoid sharing towels with anybody and keep other parts of your body clean as well.
3. Although washing your penis is a good practice that you must do regularly, be careful with the use of soaps. Some can dry the skin and when this happens, the skin covering your organ can easily become irritated. You must especially avoid using soaps when you suspect of a rash. This will only aggravate the problem. When prevention is not enough, the next best thing is to have an early diagnosis of genital problems.

Infertility - Tough Daddy

Men are tough. Men are logical. Men value their brains more than their heart. These may be true, but that doesn’t mean that men don’t like kids. Sure, women are often more caring, more open when it comes to expressing emotions, more thoughtful, more romantic. But men are still human beings; they also adore life—and giving life. But for some men, the last can be difficult. Infertility is not only a woman’s dilemma, but a man’s as well. Causes of male infertility can be divided into three factors. These are sperm abnormalities, structural abnormalities, and medical disorders. Low sperm count is the most frequent guilty party. Quantity and quality both matter. Although only one lucky sperm can ultimately join with the egg, men whose semen have less than 20 million sperms per millimeter often experience problems. In addition, the sperms’ ability to move (motility) and physical structure matter. Sperms with poor motility may not be able to swim the lengthy distance from the vagina to the fallopian tubes. Sperms with damaged DNA are also of no value. A varicocele, a tangle of swollen veins surrounding the testis, is the most common structural problem affecting sperm count. The vas deferens could also be blocked. It is also possible that the man has ejaculation problems. Medical disorders include sexually transmitted disease (STDs), prostatitis (infection of the prostate gland), and mumps which can cause scarring and obstruction of the reproductive organs. Some medications, such as those for high blood pressure, ulcers, and depression, can impair the testicles. Exposure to high levels of environmental toxins, such as lead, mercury, and some pesticides are possible culprit. Some men also have inadequate hormone levels, causing low sperm count or inappropriate testicular function. If you’re one of the millions of men hoping to be a daddy, don’t worry. Even among fertile couples, the chance of conception is only 20 percent every month. Various treatments are available. Structural problems, such as varicoceles or blocked ejaculatory ducts can be treated through surgery. Practices which lead to lowered sperm counts or damaged sperm can be deliberately cut back, such as the use of certain medications, alcohol, marijuana, and hot tubs or saunas. Fertility drugs, like the human menopausal gonadotropin (HMG), can also be used to stimulate sperm production. If all else fails, assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) are also getting popular, which are successful 20 to 50 percent of the time. If you really want a baby, you’ll take the proper steps and before you know it you’ll be a daddy.

Contraception - Sex with no worries

Sex is pleasure. Since time began people have used sex not only to procreate but primarily to gain satisfaction for themselves. Sexuality and lovemaking techniques have been explored in countless cultures since early times. In fact, one of the most popular sex manuals—the “Kama Sutra”—was written in 200 B.C. However, sex, like most good things, is double-edged. At one side, a man derives incomparable bliss. At another, he risks getting her pregnant. Luckily, there’s contraception. Contraception, or birth control, is the intentional prevention of pregnancy using any of several means. In the United States alone, if sexually active couples do not use contraception, the majority of them will face pregnancy within a year. If you’re a man, it may either please or displease you to know that most birth control choices are meant for your partner. It may please you because most of the burden lies on your partner—or it may displease you because it spells big trouble for you when your partner’s chosen method fails. There is no other 100 percent safe method against unwanted pregnancy other than abstinence. But we all want sex! There are a few choices for male birth control. The first, which is under “barrier methods”, is the very popular male condom. Made of thin cover of polyurethane, latex, or even animal membrane, it fits over your erect penis. When you ejaculate, the condom will catch the sperm to prevent pregnancy. The condom must be thrown away after each sexual act and must not be reused. The pros? It is user-friendly, practical, can be bought over-the-counter and it doesn’t have adverse side effects. In addition, it prevents pregnancy by 90 percent. If you use it with other birth control methods like withdrawal method or spermicide, it becomes extremely effective. Men who are allergic to latex have the option of using polyurethane condoms instead. The other benefit of using this birth control method is the protection against common sexually transmitted diseases that includes human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Other effective birth control methods are spermicides. These could be could be jellies, suppositories, creams, foams, films or tablets which block the sperms from entering the cervix. These could be bought without prescription and can be used either alone or with a diaphragm, cervical cap, or condom. They are proven to be 74 percent effective. Of course, if you don’t trust any above, then simply don’t have sex. But then, you’ll be missing a lot. Why suffer, when you can enjoy sex with no worries?