Why Penile Health Matters

The importance of good penile health for men should not be underestimated. Men have special "relationship" with their penis. How they feel about their penis can affect their self-esteem, confidence, and general health.

Penis health affects the fertility, sex life, mental health, and general wellbeing of any man. Penis problems can therefore affect men both physically and psychologically.

This is why all men should be familiar with the male genital system, i.e. know how both the external and internal sex organs work.

Drawing male reproduction system
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Men need to know how normal healthy penis is supposed to work and look like, and should exam their genitals carefully on regular basis (at least once a month).

Keeping your penis is good health is important. The better you look after your penis, the longer he will last. There are things you can, and should, do to keep your penis in good health for life.

The sooner you realize you have any penis problem and the sooner you seek help, the better change you have of successfully overcoming your problem. Acting quickly on penile health problem can save your fertility, your sex life, general health and even your life.

How To Protect Penile Health

There are number of things you can do to safeguard your penis health as well as possible.

  • Don't have unprotected sex unless in a monogamous relationship
  • Avoid putting too much strain on your penis during sex to avoid penis injury (it can cause bent or deformed penis, or Peyronie's disease)
  • If you participate in contact sport, always protect your genital area
  • If you smoke you might want to give it up as it doubles your risk of getting erectile dysfunction
  • Excess alcohol and drug use can also affect your penis health and performance and reducing / stopping your consumption is likely to improve both
  • Penis piercing can cause skin infections and prolonged erections
  • Good hygiene is important for all aspects of our health, including our penile health so make sure you keep your genital area clean at all times
  • Wearing too tight clothes can affect your fertility and even result in twisted testicles
  • Underlying health problems, like diabetes and heart conditions, can cause erectile dysfunction so have them treated as soon as possible
  • Hormonal imbalances can cause various penile problems, e.g. low testosterone can cause erectile dysfunction so have your hormone level checked if you suspect this can be affecting your penis health
  • Certain medication may affect your penis health so if you suspect this to be the case, check with your doctor if your medication can be changed
  • Young men (under 26 years old) can get vaccinated against the HPV virus, i.e. to help prevent getting genital warts
  • Surgical penis procedures, e.g. prostatectomy, can cause erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence and penile shortening, there are treatments and products that can help you deal with those side effects
  • Neurological conditions can affect the transfer of nerve impulses from the brain to the sexual organs, e.g. stroke, dementia and spinal cord injuries. This can result in erectile dysfunction
  • Psychological problems and stress can affect your libido and performance in bed, e.g. depression, financial worries, performance anxiety, etc. Overcoming your psychological problems might help solve your sex problems as well. Sex therapy or consulting might be ideal in those instances
  • Upbringing, religious views and trauma, e.g. child abuse can also affect your sexual views and performance and working with qualified professional may help you deal with them
  • Age does affect our health in all aspects, including our penile health. However, the better shape you are in, the better shape your penis is likely to be in as well. You may also need to take longer time to achieve and maintain an erection, but as they say, the more you use it...