Men's Health Tips


Priapism and Impotence

Priapism is a condition wherein a man experiences penile erection without sexual stimulation for an extended time. The erection may last a few hours or even days. In addition to being embarrassing and inconvenient, priapism is often painful and it can result in extensive tissue damage to the penis, as well as long-term impotence if not treated promptly.

Fortunately, it is uncommon compared to other forms of sexual dysfunction, and many men can return to normal sex lives after receiving proper treatment.

In general, priapism results from a disturbance to the mechanisms that control penile detumescence (the process by which the penis becomes flaccid). Blood enters the penis, but it cannot drain properly because it becomes trapped in the corpora cavernosa, a large chamber in the penis. The penis glans (head) and area around the urethra, however, remain flaccid.
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Impotency and Bicycling

Does bicycling cause impotence? There is much debate on this question among both doctors and cycling enthusiasts. As with many medical issues, there really isn’t a clear-cut answer. Most experts, however, agree there seems to be a causal connection between bicycling and impotence, though they may disagree on the extent to which this exists.

Of course bicycle accidents are a concern for any rider, as falling down hard onto the bike’s top tube can lead to priapism and impotence. But how about cycling itself? The general consensus is that while your average weekend cyclist need not be over-worried, serious riders, competitors and those who already have impotence problems should definitely take steps to minimize the damages that may occur from long-distance riding.

If you think about the mechanics and physiology associated with cycling, this advice makes sense. The sport has numerous cardiovascular and other health benefits, but the problem is that riding on a narrow, firm seat puts tremendous pressure on the perineum. This is the area under the penis and the vagina, and it contains crucial arteries responsible for bringing blood to the sex organs.
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Cialis: An Easy Solution To Erectile Dysfunction

The inability of male individuals to get an erection can be termed as erectile dysfunction. It is a disease that may be prevalent as a result of anxiety, stress, depression, relationship problems, vascular diseases, diabetes, nerve disease, hormonal problems, surgery, trauma, chronic medical conditions, side effects of medications, alcohol, sedentary lifestyle and smoking etc.

Though there are multifarious reasons as to why a male has erectile dysfunction, there are only a limited number of drugs to treat it. These drugs do not really treat it rather these drugs subdue the erectile dysfunction problem for short term. Cialis is one such drug that subdues the erectile dysfunction disorder for that short period of time i.e. during the effectiveness of the drug.

Cialis is a drug that works by increasing the blood flow to the penile tissues like Viagra erectile dysfunction drug. But a major difference between these two is the time duration of the effectiveness of the drug. While other erectile dysfunction treatment drugs effect works for six to twelve hours, the effectiveness of Cialis works for around 36 hours. Thus a user of Cialis has the advantage of spending less money on the treatment of erectile dysfunction or ED.
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PSA – an Updated Look

For the past 15 years physicians receiving the results of a PSA test have focused on the absolute value of the test results. This test shows the level of prostate specific antigen in a patient’s bloodstream.

Until recently a score of 6.5 (above average) meant that a biopsy appeared the best next step in the normal diagnostic procedure, the prevailing method for identifying patients with prostate cancer. Now, however, things are changing.

Mark Litwin, M.D., an urologist at UCLA, as quoted in a University publication, said “It has become apparent in the last several years that PSA kinetics give us much better information about whether there is likely to be cancer present, and whether that cancer is likely to be aggressive.”
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Propecia Prescription

Male pattern baldness can be mainly attributed to DHT or dihydrotestosterone. Androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness is a disease that may have been inherited from either side of a patient’s family.

DHT may shrink hair follicles which help in generation of hair. Propecia is for treating mild to moderate male pattern hair loss on vertex (top of head) and anterior mid-scalp area (middle front of head) in males.

Propecia is a prescription oral pill approved by FDA hence a patient with male pattern baldness requires prescription from a doctor to start its usage. Propecia is also known as finasteride.
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Penis Size and Poulaines

Penis size has occupied the attention of both men and women at one time or another. Today’s society feels that bigger is better. Bigger cars are better than compacts, a bigger house is better, and by implication it is assumed that big penises provide more pleasure.

The preoccupation forces society to find a way to decipher a man’s size. Many believe that big shoes mean a big penis. But where did this idea originate, and more importantly, is it true?

Oddly enough, this myth came from fashion. In the 1400′s pointy-toed shoes, called poulaines, were the footwear fashion for men. These shoes were blatantly phallic and often painted flesh-color and allowed to flap with lifelike mobility.
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Should You Be Tested for Prostate Cancer?

Physicians recommend that all men “at risk” of getting prostate cancer receive an annual screening test. This is excellent advice, but just who is “at risk”? A man’s chances of getting prostate cancer increase as he gets older.

A man who has no family history of prostate cancer enters the “at risk” group when he turns 50. If a man knows that his father, uncles or brothers have had prostate cancer, then he must consider himself “at risk” once he turns 40. Both a man’s environment and a man’s behavior can increase his risk of getting prostate cancer.
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Prostate Cancer Detection and Post Detection Decisions

Not every prostate cancer harbors the same characteristics. Some grow rapidly and quickly form metastases. Others grow so slowly that they go unrecognized for many years. These differences have made it difficult for physicians to determine when and how prostate caner can be detected with the greatest efficiency.

Currently, the American Cancer Society recommends that all men over 50 get an annual screening test for prostate cancer. The oldest screening test available to the physician is the digital rectal examination (DRE). When a man gets a DRE he permits the physician to insert a gloved finger into his rectum. In this way the physician can feel the prostate and can discover whether or not the patient’s prostate holds any abnormal growths.
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How Long is Long Enough?

Open and honest sex talk has always been obscure among men. With locker room braggarts it’s no wonder that men sometimes have performance anxiety. Sure, they’ll divulge how many partners they’ve had, and a myriad of other spectacular bedroom stunts they’ve pulled off, but there is no guarantee that they’re telling the truth. Many men believe that good lovers last 20-60 minutes.

The truth is that the average man lasts 3-4 minutes once inserted. According to Kinsey’s findings 17.6% of men last less than 2 minutes and 47.6% last between 2 and 5 minutes once inserted.
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Breast Cancer and Men

Breast cancer is thought to be synonymous with women. However, an estimated 1,600 American men are diagnosed each year. Two-thirds will survive due to seeking medical attention for questionable or new abnormalities.

Men do not have milk glands but do have ducts. Breast cancer in males generally develop in the ducts, lymph nodes, or behind the nipple. It most often appears as a hard and sometimes painful knot. Men with prominent pectoral muscles or very little fat on their chests recognize lumps almost immediately since they are more easily seen and felt. Other symptoms include nipple discharge, skin redness or puckering, or an inverted nipple.
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