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Penis health

By Dr. David Samadi

Optimizing penis health goes beyond simply the ability to achieve erections. All men should be aware of and explore common ailments and strategies for the sake of the well-being of their penis – besides you only have one so you might as well take good care of it. Good penis health is vital for overall well-being and it involves more than just achieving erections and includes aspects like ejaculation, reproduction, and functionality.

Issues related to the penis can be a sign of broader health problems that can affect different aspects of a man’s life. Recognizing symptoms and taking care of penis health is essential as it can lead to stress, strain in relationships, and a decrease in self-confidence.

Identifying common conditions affecting penis health 

Various health conditions can affect sexual function, sexual activity, and overall health of the penis. Here is a list of the conditions you need to be aware of in order to recognize you have a problem:

  • Erectile Dysfunction: The inability for a man to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual activity or penetration. 
  • Ejaculation Problems: This covers different types of ejaculation disorders, including the inability to ejaculate, premature, delayed, or painful ejaculation, and retrograde ejaculation.
  • Anorgasmia: The term refers to the condition where a person is unable to reach orgasm even after receiving sufficient sexual stimulation
  • Decreased Libido: Experiencing a decrease in sexual desire
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs): Genital warts, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and genital herpes can cause painful urination, penile discharge, or genital sores
  • Yeast Infection: This infection can increase inflammation, the development of a rash, discoloration, itching, or burning sensations, with accompanying white discharge
  • Peyronie’s Disease: Scar tissue formation in the penis causes bent or painful erections
  • Penile Fracture: A rare condition that occurs when an erect penis is forcefully bent, resulting in the rupture of the tunica albuginea
  • Priapism: A condition in which men will have a prolonged and often painful erection that occurs without any sexual stimulation
  • Phimosis: Inability to retract the foreskin of an uncircumcised penis leading to painful urination and erections
  • Paraphimosis: Inability to retract foreskin causes swelling and compromised blood flow
  • Penile Cancer: This condition starts with blisters on the foreskin, head, or shaft. These can turn into growths that look like warts and produce pus

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Risk factors impacting penis health 

There are both controllable and uncontrollable factors influencing penis health. Here are common situations in which the penis can be impacted 

  • Cardiovascular and Metabolic Conditions: Health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and obesity increase the risk of erectile dysfunction.
  • Medications: Some medications like antihypertensives, antidepressants, and prostate cancer drugs have been known to cause erectile dysfunction.
  • Prostate Cancer Treatment: Undergoing a radical prostatectomy surgery may cause issues such as urinary leaks and erectile dysfunction, but the majority of men will regain urinary continence and sexual functioning over time. 
  • Lifestyle Habits:Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption increase the risk of erectile dysfunction and reduced sexual desire.
  • Hormonal Imbalances: Research suggests that there could be a correlation between insufficient testosterone levels and erectile dysfunction.
  • Psychological Factors: Medications can exacerbate depression, anxiety, and stress, which can worsen erectile dysfunction, further contributing to mental health challenges.
  • Neurological Disorders: These conditions can affect penile function: stroke, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, and dementia.
  • Age: As men age, their testosterone levels decrease, which may lead to problems with sexual function and satisfaction.
  • Unsafe Sexual Practices: Engaging in unprotected sex and participating in risky sexual behaviors can increase the likelihood of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • Piercings: Penile piercings can increase the risk of infection and may also cause difficulties in urinating and sexual function.

When to Seek Medical Attention

Consult a healthcare provider promptly if experiencing the following: 

  • Altered ejaculation patterns
  • Sudden changes in sexual desire
  • Urethral or ejaculatory bleeding
  • Genital lesions, warts, or rashes
  • Severe penile curvature or pain
  • Painful urination
  • Penile discharge
  • Acute penile trauma

Preserving the health of your penis 

Safeguard your penile health and well-being by taking proactive measures:

  • Practice safe sex
  • Get vaccinated against HPV 
  • Adopt an active lifestyle to reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction
  • Prioritize bodily hygiene 
  • Educate yourself on medication side effects 
  • Seek mental health support when needed 
  • To improve the health of your penis, overall health, it will be beneficial to quit smoking, reduce alcohol consumption, and make a point of focusing on maintaining mental wellness

In conclusion

Regular self-examination and routine checkups can help detect and treat penis ailments early.

Conversations regarding penis health may seem daunting, but prioritizing one’s well-being trumps transient embarrassment. Take control of your health. Advocate for your needs. Achieve optimal penis health with confidence.

Dr. David Samadi is the Director of Men’s Health and Urologic Oncology at St. Francis Hospital in Long Island. He’s a renowned and highly successful board certified Urologic Oncologist Expert and Robotic Surgeon in New York City, regarded as one of the leading prostate surgeons in the U.S., with a vast expertise in prostate cancer treatment and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy.  Dr. Samadi is a medical contributor to NewsMax TV and is also the author of The Ultimate MANual, Dr. Samadi’s Guide to Men’s Health and Wellness, available online both on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Visit Dr. Samadi’s websites at robotic oncology and prostate cancer 911. 

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