Sexual Health

Is your penis curved during an erection? by Lisa

There are certain constants ⁤in life that‍ we take for granted. The inevitable rain during a British summer, the premature playing ⁤of Christmas songs in stores, and⁤ Jose Mourinho pointing fingers at the referee. One might also ⁤assume that a ‌functioning penis is a given. It’s just ‍there, performing its duties without fail. However, ⁣for an estimated⁣ 3-7% of the ⁢global male⁣ population who suffer from ⁢Peyronie’s Disease, this is ‍far from reality.

Peyronie’s Disease⁢ may not be a household name (and no,⁣ it’s not caused by excessive ‌consumption of Italian beers). Despite its ⁢relative obscurity, this condition affects thousands of men across the UK, many of whom suffer in silence.

Peyronie’s Disease is a medical condition that results in ⁤the curvature ‌of the penis. While ‍it’s normal ‍for penises to have a slight curve, Peyronie’s Disease causes⁤ a bend that can ⁢make sexual intercourse ‌painful or even impossible, and it⁢ can⁤ be ‍a permanent condition.

Throughout my medical career, I’ve encountered numerous patients who‌ delay seeking⁤ medical help due to embarrassment, with men often being the worst offenders. This is particularly true when⁤ the issue is⁣ related ‍to their sexual health. ‌This is ⁢why Peyronie’s Disease remains largely unknown ⁤and why ⁢many ⁤men fail to seek treatment.

The man ⁣sitting next to you on the train‍ could be silently suffering from​ a condition ‍that’s ⁤negatively impacting his sex life, straining his ​relationship, and causing mental health issues. In ‌a study of men with Peyronie’s disease, 77% reported psychological effects, and⁣ one in four experienced relationship problems.

As a healthcare professional, my ​goal‌ is to foster an environment ⁣where people feel comfortable discussing​ their sexual ‍health and ​related ⁤issues. ‍The more we normalize these conversations, the more people will seek treatment​ and discover available solutions. ​That’s ⁤why I’m committed to raising awareness about Peyronie’s Disease among men in the UK, through factual ‍information and candid ​discussions. Here’s what you ⁤need to know:

Understanding Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronie’s Disease results in an ‌abnormal curvature of the penis​ during ⁤an ⁣erection. Unlike ​the slight natural curve seen in many penises, this bend is caused by a build-up of collagen and can be extremely painful.

The Cause ⁢of Peyronie’s Disease

The exact cause of collagen ⁢build-up in ⁣the ⁢penis ‍remains⁢ unknown. It could‌ be​ a genetic​ condition or ​could result from scar tissue formation due ⁣to a sex or masturbation injury (which might have gone unnoticed). The lump or “plaque” ​of collagen ⁤doesn’t ⁤expand​ when the penis⁢ becomes erect, causing the penis to bend and resulting in pain.

Who is at Risk?

While Peyronie’s Disease is most common in​ men over ​40, it can affect anyone. Some evidence suggests it‌ might be genetic. It’s estimated that up⁢ to 7% of the male population suffers from it,⁣ but due to the reluctance to discuss the issue, the actual ‌number could be much higher.

Treatment⁢ Options

Various treatment options are available, ranging from injections to surgery. More information about the treatments can be⁢ found here. However, it’s crucial for those who suspect they might have Peyronie’s Disease to seek medical help as soon as possible.

Let’s break ⁣the silence surrounding this taboo topic. Take control⁣ of your ⁤sexual health and don’t ‍suffer ‍in silence from this debilitating condition. ‍Treatments are available, but the first step is seeking help.

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Tips for Prolonging Intimacy and Reducing Sexual Anxiety by Lisa

Great sex can be compared to a thrilling day at ⁤an amusement park – when you’re having that much ‍fun, you ⁤certainly don’t want it to end prematurely. While there’s something to be said⁢ for a passionate, quick⁢ encounter that barely gives you time​ to undress, many find true gratification in​ ensuring they can sustain⁣ the pleasure. Our sexual performance is often tied to a myriad ‍of ⁣emotions.‍ It’s about pride, demonstrating our endurance, stamina, and prowess. We want to feel accomplished, ensuring that no one is left ⁢unsatisfied. Being a‌ patient lover, maximizing ‍not only your own pleasure but also your partner’s, portrays you as a thoughtful, skilled individual who ‌knows ‌what they’re doing.

However, sometimes, despite our best efforts,⁤ our bodies may not cooperate. When physical ‌satisfaction ends before emotional readiness, it can severely impact our self-esteem. The⁣ existing stigma around⁢ premature ejaculation and erectile ⁢dysfunction ‍often ⁣hinders us from seeking help. Many⁣ of us aren’t even sure about the ⁤ideal duration of ⁤sex, or if we’re meeting expectations – after ⁣all, everyone is different,‌ and ⁢there’s‍ no universal stopwatch ‌for sexual encounters. But rest assured, ‍there’s ample assistance available ​to help​ you regain‌ control and finish at your own pace.

What is the average ⁢duration of sex?

When it⁢ comes to penetration, the duration can vary⁣ greatly, and even scientific studies offer differing opinions. A 2005‍ survey of​ sex therapists suggested that the ⁢actual duration for ⁢vaginal sex ranged between three and​ seven minutes, with the ideal being between ‍7 and 13 ‍minutes. Anything beyond these limits ‌is considered too‍ short or too long. ‌ A ⁢2020 study supported this to some extent, stating that women in stable, monogamous, heterosexual relationships⁢ took 13.41 ‍minutes to⁢ reach orgasm, but it required more than just penetration – highlighting‌ the importance of ​multitasking. Essentially,​ another 2005 study monitoring 500 couples found⁣ that men, on average,⁢ reached climax in⁣ 5.4 minutes.

What⁤ leads ⁤to premature⁢ ejaculation?

The causes of premature ejaculation can be multifaceted. Emotional ⁣factors can​ include ‌stress, body image ‍issues, depression, unsatisfactory early sexual experiences, or performance anxiety. Even ​if you’re mentally‍ prepared, biological issues such as abnormal ⁤hormone or neurotransmitter levels, prostate infections, ​or genetic predisposition can ⁢interfere. Premature ejaculation is also ‍common in men who struggle with achieving or maintaining‌ an erection.

How‌ do delay sprays and creams function?

These ingenious products typically ⁢work by slightly desensitizing ⁣the penis, often using a mild numbing agent like lidocaine or benzocaine. You⁢ simply spray or apply it to your ‍penis before sex – the required application time varies between products. Don’t worry, you’ll still⁣ be able to ⁢achieve an erection and it won’t diminish ‍the intensity of your orgasm. It’s advisable to use it ⁢sparingly initially, to gauge how ⁢much it ‍reduces the sensation – you still⁤ want to feel‍ pleasure. Delay sprays‌ and creams can help you train yourself to last‍ longer, and you ‍may eventually find you don’t need them at all.

Can thicker condoms⁢ help prevent premature⁤ ejaculation?

A thicker condom can reduce penile‌ sensitivity, thereby enhancing your⁢ endurance during‌ sex. Plus,​ they offer⁤ protection against STIs and unwanted pregnancies, making them‍ a triple‍ win. ‌You can also opt for‌ condoms with a numbing lubricant, available in regular or ⁣ribbed varieties to help your partner reach orgasm quicker. It’s⁣ always good‍ to meet halfway.

Does masturbation before sex help prolong performance?

While some men vouch for this‌ method, it doesn’t⁢ work for everyone ⁢and lacks scientific backing.⁣ In ⁤fact, ⁤you might ​risk ​being⁣ unable to perform when it matters most: we ‌all have ​a ⁢refractory ⁤period, the recovery time‌ after orgasm before ⁤we can be sexually stimulated again. While​ some men may only‌ need a few minutes to recharge, older ⁣men might require up to 12 hours to be ready for another round. That’s why we’ve curated a selection of products ‍that can lend a helping hand…

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Is More Sex Always Better? What Science Says About the Normal Amount by Lisa

It’s not ‍uncommon to wonder about the frequency of sexual activity, especially when society often promotes the idea‌ that more sex equates to better health, relationship satisfaction, or even interesting conversation topics. However, the ⁤reality seems to be that we’re engaging in less sex than ever before. Reports suggest that Gen Z is more sex-negative, younger generations prioritize technology over sex, and teenagers prefer spending time with family over sexual activities. Interestingly, a recent​ survey by GQ found that 47% of men can be content in a relationship with⁤ minimal to no sex, contributing to the growing incel movement. ⁤Statistics reveal that a third of men and women ‍aged 16 ⁢to 44 haven’t had sex ⁤in the past month.

Despite the apparent‌ decrease in sexual activity, societal expectations around sex remain unchanged. Many couples still believe that ‍the‍ frequency of their sexual encounters is a⁣ measure ‌of​ their happiness and relationship health. ‍However, sex isn’t‌ the ultimate determinant of relationship satisfaction. Psychologist ‌and psychosexual therapist Jo Coker explains that anxieties often arise‌ from misconceptions about sex, such as ⁤the belief that sex should always be perfect, ‍that everyone should have the ​same amount of sex, or⁢ that a lack of sexual ⁤activity indicates a lack of attraction or⁣ personal issues. These anxieties can also stem from uncertainty about a partner’s desires, especially in casual ⁤sex, or performance-related worries, ​particularly among men.

In⁣ the midst of these conflicting expectations ​and realities, you might‌ find ‍yourself asking: What is the normal frequency of sex? Will more sex make me happier?

According to Coker, there’s no ideal frequency of sex, even for couples. People’s sexual⁤ desires vary greatly, and it’s⁢ crucial to ‍understand your own needs and never ⁤feel pressured. A 2016 study ‌by the University of Toronto ⁤supports this view.‌ The ‍study, which analyzed⁣ nearly 25‌ years’ worth of survey‍ responses from over 25,000 US citizens in relationships, found that sexual happiness peaks​ at a certain point. Couples who had sex once a week reported being happy, but⁢ more frequent ⁣sex did not seem to increase overall happiness. This finding was consistent across genders, ages, and relationship lengths. When asked how much sex was‌ “enough,” the average response was five times a month.

Journalist and author Colin Stuart explains in his book, The Geek Guide to Life, that the relationship between ‌sex and happiness is not linear but curvilinear. Happiness seems⁤ to increase with more⁤ sex up to a certain point, after which additional sexual activity does not lead to increased happiness.

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