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Expert Author John Dugan
Sometimes problems in the bedroom can put a guy in a bad mood, but other times its the bad mood that causes problems in the bedroom. Anger, irritability, anxiety and depression all take a toll on sexual function. Men may try to tough out these rough spells, but left unchecked these negative emotions can be disastrous for a man's relationships. Sometimes a bad mood can be caused when a man is lacking in specific vitamins and minerals, as well as sunlight, exercise, and down-time. It may also be a symptom of something wrong in a romantic relationship or at work. Talking with your doctor, seeking counseling, and supporting your body with adequate nutrition are all important steps on the road back to performing with enthusiasm.
The Mood/Pleasure Link
Not enough is known about how mood changes affect brain chemistry in terms of male function. Increased stress hormones, such as cortisol, reduce desire in both men and women. Multiple studies have shown that anger, anxiety and depression do indeed affect libido, arousal and performance in men. In a study funded by the University Health Network in Toronto, Canada in 2010, researchers found that depression was a much more destructive factor on male organ function and libido in men than having low testosterone levels. When testosterone levels were increased, men noticed some improvement in function and libido. Ultimately though, depression was a stronger force and reduced all areas of pleasurable satisfaction in men.
Treatment Options
While pharmaceutical medications and psychotherapy are the primary recommendations for men facing mood problems, a 2010 survey by Deakin University in Australia showed that neither medications nor psychotherapy alone are sufficient in treating the emotional and mental facets of sexual dysfunction. To make matters worse, there are also several pharmaceutical medications used to treat anxiety and depression which can negatively impact the male libido. It is important for men to learn as much about their physical and emotional wellbeing as possible. As well as reading books, improving interpersonal communication and expressing emotions more, changes in lifestyle and nutrition can have a huge impact on emotions and mood. Fish oils have shown in numerous studies to improve depression, cognition and circulation to the peripheries. Supplements such as vitamin C, B12 and B5 are important micronutrients for supporting nervous system function as well.
Supplements
Vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid, is a particular vitamin which can be useful for men. Studies show that having adequate levels of vitamin B5 in the bloodstream is important for protecting heart health, keeping cholesterol under control, supporting chronic fatigue and ensuring the adrenal glands are healthy. Adrenal glands are in charge of the stress response in humans -- they sit on top of the kidneys and secrete chemicals, such as testosterone, as well as stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). ACTH is an important hormone for sexual satisfaction. In several studies men suffering from psychogenic impotence (impotence caused by depression, anxiety, fatigue, etc.) had significant improvements after receiving treatment with synthetic ACTH. Where these male subjects were given injections, vitamin B5 is an excellent natural way to promote ACTH levels in the body.
Penis Health Crèmes
Health crèmes are topical crèmes that can be used to benefit a man's penis health and sex life. Containing nutrients and oils as their active ingredients, penis health crèmes are designed to support circulation, tissue health and healthy arousal. Specialist products (most professionals recommend Man1Man Oil) contain an array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including vitamin B5. Therapeutic levels of B5 are absorbed directly into the bloodstream (bypassing the digestive process which depletes many of the nutritional benefits of supplements) to support mood, energy, adrenal function and ACTH levels. Combined with shea nut butter for improving penis nerve function and sensitivity, health crèmes can be used as directed to promote healthy function and increase pleasure.
Expert Author John Dugan
Regardless of the large number of studies which indicate that penis size is a minimal factor in women's satisfaction, far behind considerations such as the efforts a man makes to please them, the fact is that most men worry about the length and girth of their penis. Because of this, there are literally thousands of products and procedures available for penis enhancement, from surgical lengthening to traction devices to more natural penis vitamins and minerals. But do these enhancement measures really work, and are there any harmful side effects involved? These questions are explored in detail here.
Surgical penis enhancement
There are two basic types of penis enhancement surgery. One of these involves cutting the ligament that holds the penis in place, thus permitting the penis to hang lower. This procedure generally allows for about one inch of increased length. The other technique consists of injecting fat tissue from other parts of the body into the penis, a process known as dermal implants. Again, gains of about one inch in length are the maximum that can be expected.
While penis enhancement surgery is virtually the only technique that can guarantee an increase in penis size, some words of caution are necessary. First, these procedures do not necessarily enhance the ability to have an erection or improve performance. Second, they are not always permanent. For instance, with dermal implants, the injected fat is generally re-absorbed by the body over time, eliminating any gains. Second, penile surgery always comes with a risk of scarring, infection, decreased performance, and erectile issues.
Traction devices
For men who prefer not to consider surgery, penile traction devices may be used to stretch the penis gently, lengthening it over a period of several weeks. With this procedure, men generally see up to a one-centimeter increase in length of their penis.
With this technique, side effects can include bruising and the formation of scar tissue. In addition, men who use traction devices may see an overall decrease in the firmness of their erections.
Penis exercises
Over the years, a number of variations on a manual penis stretching technique have been touted as a way of increasing penis size and girth. Many claims have been made about men who have added inches to their penis size through squeezing and massaging, but scientific evidence does not support this.
As with penile traction, manually stretching the penis can cause scarring of the connective tissue under the penis skin, which may lead to problems such as bending abnormally during erections. Bruising and loss of firmness during erections may also occur.
Penis crèmes and oils
Numerous products are available that are described as penis enhancement formulas; applying these to the penis supposedly causes an increase in length and/or width. Unfortunately, most of these are a waste of money; there is no empirical evidence that a penis crème can boost penis size.
On the other hand, positive results may be seen in nourishing products such as a penis health formula (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) which contain vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and all-natural moisturizing agents that may be helpful in maintaining a healthy penis, promoting optimum function and condition, and supporting enjoyable and fulfilling sex. Penis nutrients such as vitamins A, C, D, B5 and E are known to have a beneficial effect on the skin of the penis and may also assist with healthy nerve function and the repair of peripheral nerve damage. When applied topically, where it can be directly absorbed into the penis skin, a penis vitamin crème may be beneficial to penis health, sensitivity and function in the long term.
Expert Author John Dugan
If it takes you forever to orgasm during sex, you may have delayed ejaculation. Delayed ejaculation, also known as retarded ejaculation, a type of sexual dysfunction in men that occurs in approximately 7% of the population, and doctors say it is becoming more and more common. For men who have experienced premature ejaculation, this "problem" of delayed ejaculation may sound like a dream come true. But in actual fact delayed ejaculation, when it becomes chronic, can cause tension, anxiety, relationship problems, and just make sex feel like a lot of work. Vitamins and minerals, herbs, hypnosis, counseling and medications are among some of the options available to men who want to combat this issue. Go to your doctor to rule out any underlying problems first.
Causes
Often men with ejaculatory problems have no problems attaining or maintaining erections -- quite the opposite. However, in these cases orgasm only occurs after a long period of time, if at all. For some men this condition is a lifelong problem, while for others it can begin quite out of the blue. Possible causes of delayed ejaculation include prostate disease, infections, male hormone imbalances, prescription medications, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, spinal cord damage, multiple sclerosis, dry or rough skin, and physical trauma to the local genital region. According to Michael A. Perelman, Ph.D., in a feature article published online by The International Society for Sexual Medicine, men suffering from delayed ejaculation, unrelated to a disease or medical condition, often have fears around impregnating their partners, experience guilt or anxiety over masturbation, and are often from a orthodox/fundamentalist religion background .
Treatment
When experiencing delayed ejaculation, it is common for men to seek out medications such as PDE-5 inhibitors or herbal sex pills. These options might help to restore a lost erection, but men with delayed reactions may experience mixed results. In some cases an erection is maintained, but orgasm is just as difficult to attain. The Mayo Clinic recommends several medications as possible treatments for delayed ejaculation, but only in combination with treating the root cause -- be it the emotional and psychological tensions around sex, or a physical condition that may be at the root of the delayed ejaculation. Before a man self-medicates for his condition, the best option is to go see the doctor and get tested -- blood tests, urine tests and physical examinations will rule out possible physical causes that may be easily remedied.
Alternative medicines
There are alternative medicines that may help with delayed ejaculation, but it always depends on what is causing the problem in the first place. Many vitamins and supplements such as Kava (Piper methysticum), B-Complex and magnesium are known to reduce anxiety and stress. Some supplements and nutrients modulate male hormones, such as Ginseng (Panax ginseng), Nettle root (Urtica dioica), vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B5, zinc and whey protein. These may be beneficial for libido, arousal and firmness. The A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia suggests that hypnosis may also be a useful adjunctive treatment option for men suffering from delayed ejaculation. But one word of warning: a study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine in 2007 suggests that high serotonin and oxytocin levels may be involved in the inhibition of orgasm and ejaculation. While more research in this area is required, some herbs are thought to affect serotonin and oxytocin levels -- in particular St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) and Griffonia Bean (Griffonia simplicifolia). Use these herbs and supplements containing these herbs with caution.
Topical treatments
Using topical products on the penis can have a range of benefits for men with delayed ejaculation. Specialist formulas (most professionals recommend Man1Man Oil) contain a range of beneficial nutrients and oils that support healthy circulation and nerve function. Vitamin C, E and B5 support testosterone production and effect nitric oxide (NO) levels for healthy erections. Alpha-lipoic acid is another active ingredient that has been well-researched for its ability to support nerve function and regenerate damaged nerves. Apply penis health crèmes as directed to improve penis sensitivity -- a completely natural approach to increase arousal, pleasure and promote a healthy male orgasm.
Expert Author John Dugan
Since sexual function is so important from both a reproductive and psychological standpoint, it would seem that a great deal of research would have been put into discovering how all aspects of it work. However, surprisingly few studies have focused on what can be considered the main event - ejaculation. Understanding this process can help to improve men's awareness of how to make the climactic moment more enjoyable. What is known about ejaculation and how factors such as the use of penis vitamins and minerals can affect this are discussed here.
What is ejaculation?
Before going into details about the mechanics of ejaculation, it is helpful to define exactly what is meant by this term. Ejaculation is one of the four "e's" of male sexual function, which physiologist Roy Levin describes as "excitation, erection, emission, and ejaculation." While excitation and erection are fairly well understood and familiar to most men, the phases of emission and ejaculation (these are actually two aspects of the same process) are not as well understood.
The general belief, which was summarized in The Science of Orgasm (2005), holds that the following reactions take place:
1. Seminal ducts fill with fluid;
2. This fluid builds up, creating pressure on a closed sphincter in seminal ducts.
3. The built-up pressure causes the seminal sphincters to open and release the fluid.
This idea, known as the "pressure-chamber theory," is considered debatable, but it is the usual working explanation. As to what physiological process causes these things to occur, it is believed that both the spine and the brain are involved, although even men who have no brain function can be stimulated to ejaculate.
What is meant by "dry ejaculation?"
Dry ejaculation occurs when an orgasm takes place without the release of seminal fluid. In this case, the semen may be diverted into the bladder - this is harmless, but when it happens on a regular basis, it can be a cause of infertility. Most men report getting as much pleasure from a dry orgasm as from a normal discharge of fluid.
What occurs in the brain during/after orgasm?
Orgasm is not just a matter of local stimulation - the brain plays a big role in the experience of pleasure, as well as in the lead-up. When orgasm occurs, the pleasure centers of the brain light up and endorphins are released into the body. This leads to the feelings of intense physical and psychological pleasure that are the ordinary goals of sexual activity.
Tips for improving orgasms and overall penile function
While ejaculation can actually take place without a sensation of pleasure, the ecstasy of sex is generally what men are looking for, so it is useful to know how to sustain sexual pleasure or to make it even better. To make the most of their orgasms, men should keep the following in mind:
1. Because the brain is directly involved in sexual pleasure, creating a relaxing atmosphere and visualizing (whether internally or through the use of visual materials) erotic images can help to bring the experience of ejaculation to new heights.
2. Experimenting with different positions and techniques can stimulate new nerve pathways and create different types of sensations. Trying something new, either alone or with a partner, is often recommended for making climax more intense and pleasurable.
3. Maintain healthy penis skin and boost sensitivity through the use of a penis health formula (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) which contains essential vitamins, antioxidants and moisturizers. The right combination of penis nutrients may be helpful in increasing the suppleness, tone and responsiveness of the erogenous skin, and may therefore increase the pleasurable sensations experienced during sexual activity.
Expert Author John Dugan
Semen quantity and quality varies not just between different men, but with the same man over the course of the month, the year, and over his whole life. Variances in color, viscosity and smell from month to month are normal, depending on stress levels, vitamin and mineral intake, hydration levels and hormone fluctuation. However, some changes in semen may reflect an underlying pathology such as a prostate disease or an STD. Learning more about penis health, nutrition, and going to the doctor when necessary, are all important factors for men to consider.
Color
There is a right way and a wrong way for semen to look. In healthy men semen appears, normally, as a milky white color. But when semen color changes, it can mean many different things. Pink or brown semen occurs because blood has mixed with the seminal fluid. According to Dr Rob Hicks on the BBC Health website, most often pink or brown semen occurs because of an infection, either in the urethra, the prostate or the seminal vesicles. Other causes include trauma, urethral polyps, prostate cancer and prostate surgery. Yellow or green semen may be a sign of a urinary tract infection. Chlamydia and gonorrhoea are two STI's known to cause yellow and/or green semen. Other possible causes of yellow/green semen include the presence of high-dose vitamins, jaundice, and even urine.
Smell
Semen has a distinctive smell which could be described as metallic. This odor comes from the high concentrations of zinc found in semen. Zinc is an important mineral in the human body for cell growth, wound healing and immune function. For men zinc also plays a very specific function in protecting male fertility and sexual health. Zinc concentrates in the prostate tissue and acts as a local regular for healthy cell growth, helping to prevent benign prostate growth and cancerous changes. Zinc also acts as an antioxidant and antiseptic for both the prostate and the sperm. Though this micromineral is important for male health, it is not found in a huge variety of foods -- the best food sources being oysters, scallops pumpkin seeds, oats, sesame seeds and chia seeds; not foods that men would eat in huge quantities every single day. Increasing these foods in the diet, or taking dietary supplements containing 15-30 mg of zinc daily, may cause a man's semen to intensify in smell. If the semen smell changes to become malodorous and foul-smelling, it may be a sign of an infection and should be checked out by the doctor.
Quantity
Semen volume can vary a lot in men, especially as they age. The WHO states that semen volume tends to fluctuate between 1.5 ml to 7 ml in most men. Anything less than 1.5 ml may be a sign of infertility, as well as possible health problems. Often how much semen a man produces is not something he thinks about very much until he is not producing enough of it. Reasons for this can be as simple as dehydration, or as complicated as heart disease, cancer, blocked seminal vesicles and prostate disease. Researchers from Queen's University in Belfast, Ireland, found during a clinical study that men with diabetes were more likely to suffer from low semen volume and poor sperm motility. Obesity, a high-soy diet and normal aging also contribute to low semen volume, due to increased estrogen levels which affect semen production.
Taste
Whether your semen tastes like fruit or foot might not make that much difference to you, but it might to your partner. The flavor of semen varies quite a lot between different men, and women indicate that if a man's spunk doesn't taste nice, they are less willing to perform oral sex. In fact, as many as 85% of women do not enjoy the taste of their partner's semen and the reason for this may have a lot to do with his lifestyle. Male ejaculate isn't just made up of sperm -- only 2-5% of it is. The other 95-98% is comprised of water, amino acids, vitamins (ascorbic acid), minerals (zinc, selenium, potassium, magnesium), hormones, enzymes and sugars (fructose). Hence, not getting enough nutrition in the diet each day may affect the way that semen tastes. In addition, smoking tobacco, eating red meat, taking drugs and a high alcohol intake are known to make semen taste bitter or sour. Natalie Ingraham, M.P.H., states on The Kinsey Institute's blog that oranges, pineapples, grapefruit, parsley, wheatgrass, celery and some spices may have specific functions in improving the taste of a man's spunk.
Penis Health crèmes
Health crèmes designed specifically for the health of the male reproductive system can provide needed nutrition and support that cannot be gained from the diet. Specialist penis creme formulas (most professionals recommend Man1Man Oil) provide vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can be absorbed directly into the bloodstream and into the local tissues. Vitamin C, E, A, D, L-carnitine, L-arginine, alpha lipoic acid and shea butter all have shown in studies to support multiple levels of male sexual health. Many of these, especially vitamin C, E and L-arginine, are important for the health of the seminal fluid and semen production.
Expert Author John Dugan
Erectile dysfunction occurs in more men every year. While prescription medications are still the primary treatment offered to men suffering from impotence, more and more male patients are asking their doctors about penis implants. Implants are mechanical devices which enable men to achieve a normal erection without using drugs, giving greater freedom and spontaneity with their partners. However, do penis implants actually work, and how safe are they? It's a serious decision to have this procedure done, and requires a great deal of research and forethought. If you have any doubts, ask your doctor if having a penis implant is right for you.
Types of Devices
There are two main devices which doctors may use for the penis implantation: malleable and inflatable. Malleable devices are less commonly used today, and are basically a semi-rigid rod that is inserted into the penis. According to The Mayo Clinic, using this device means that the penis is semi-hard 24 hours a day, which is not desirable for a number of obvious reasons.
Inflatable devices are significantly more common, and are made up of empty cylinders inserted into the penis, a fluid-containing reservoirs are implanted near the bladder, and a pump hidden in the scrotum. The reservoirs contain saline fluid that is sent to the cylinders in the penis when the "pump" in the scrotum is manually activated. Inflatable penis implants are almost impossible to identify when the penis is not erect, avoiding locker-room embarrassment, and providing more flexibility for male patients. Malleable devices are also associated with a greater number of complications, such as tissue injury inside the penis, making them less desirable.
Do they Work?
According to most doctors, yes, penis implants do appear to work very well. Weil Cornell Medical College at Cornell University states on their website that 89% of male patients are satisfied with their treatment, while up to 70% of their partners are satisfied. These figures make penis implants the most successful treatment for impotence to-date. While implantations do not have a positive effect on penis length, they are able to improve penis hardness, enough for men to participate in intercourse. Researchers from Stritch School of Medicine in Illinois, USA, found that the more time passed post-surgery, the more happy male patients were with the treatment. Men were asked about their satisfaction with the implantation at 3, 6 and 12 month intervals following their surgery, and patients were most satisfied with the implants at 12 months post-operation. In addition, men suffering from Peyronie's disease found implants improved both the curvature and length of their penis.
Risks and Dangers
Despite their high success rate, penis implants are not without risk. Having a pump or prosthesis implanted is a permanent decision -- following the procedure, a man will never be able to achieve a normal erection without the device. Whatever complications arise with a device, male patients just have to live with it. Post-surgery, the implants can break down and surgery is required to replace or repair the device. Each time surgery is performed, the risk of infection, trauma and nerve damage increases. Not to mention that the surgery required for penis implants is very painful, ranging from moderate to severe pain for up to several weeks.
Another complaint is that some men may feel dissatisfied with the appearance of their penis following their procedure. Penis implants provide the hardness required for intercourse, but they also have a negative effect on penis size -- in some cases, penis length is reduced by up to 2 inches. In addition, implants do not improve the firmness of the glans of the penis. This causes the penis to look different during arousal, and makes insertion difficult for some couples.
Penis Health Crèmes
Health crèmes can be applied to the penis to help promote tissue healing and recovery post-surgery. Using health crèmes may also help to protect nerve function during and after surgery, as penis surgery can cause significant nerve damage. Specialist formulas (most professionals recommend Man1Man Oil) contain vitamin C, A and E for immune function and wound healing. These vitamins are important to protect against post-surgery bacterial infection. Alpha lipoic acid, another active ingredient, has also been shown in several studies to protect penis nerve fibers from damage during prostate surgery. Apply as directed for fast healing and recovery.
Expert Author John Dugan
Penile sensitivity loss can be a considerable problem for men of all ages. Loss of sensation of the shaft and head is often viewed as a natural result of aging, or of reduced levels of testosterone (a condition often referred to as Low T or male menopause). However, the fact is that men of all ages may develop problems with penis sensation; even before they reach twenty years of age.
Penis sensation can be affected by numerous factors. While Low T and aging are, of course, related to sensitivity loss; nerve damage and circulatory issues may also be at fault. Fortunately, in many cases, it may be possible to boost sensitivity and restore sexual pleasure. Supporting penis skin, nerve and circulatory health and taking advantage of the healing properties of penis vitamins and minerals can help to protect this sensitive area against various harmful agents and may improve overall penile health.
Nerve damage
Nerve damage to the penis or to the spinal cord may lead to reduced penile sensitivity in many men. Circumcision; prostate surgery; injury, and peripheral damage to the nerve receptors under the penile skin (which may be caused by aggressive handling) can all detract from the ability to sense tactile stimulation of the penis. Encouraging the regeneration of nerve tissue through with amino acids such as acetyl-L-carnitine may be effective for certain individuals in promoting adequate penis sensation.
Circulatory issues
Restricted circulation in the groin area is a common cause of reduced penis sensation. Wearing tight or restrictive clothing, being overweight, and even cycling can limit the blood flow to the penis, resulting in a sensation of numbness or reduced sensitivity to touch. Often, simple measures such as choosing breathable, loose clothing; losing weight through appropriate diet and exercise; or choosing a larger bicycle seat can help to resolve this problem. In addition, promoting the growth of healthy circulatory tissue through the use of nutrients such as vitamin C can go a long way toward improving circulatory health.
Desensitized skin
Like the skin covering the rest of the body, the outer dermal layer of the penis serves to protect it from damage due to friction, infection and various environmental contaminants. In particular, the natural response to friction is to build up extra layers of dermal tissue, as with the calluses that often form on the hands and feet. On the other hand, this thickened layer of skin can detract from penis sensation. By necessitating more effort and pressure to achieve orgasm, the cycle repeats itself, which can lead to an ongoing reduction of penile sensitivity. To mitigate this problem, enhancing the skin's natural moisturizing properties through all-natural hydrating agents is often recommended.
Supporting penis sensation and repairing tissue damage
Caring for the penis skin and working to increase penis sensation is a multi-faceted undertaking. In the first place, the area should be kept clean and dry, as appropriate hygiene can help to deter bacterial and fungal infections that can result in tissue damage. Men with sensitivity issues should opt for loose-fitting clothing, minimize the use of athletic supporters, and maintain an appropriate body weight.
In addition, smoking has been closely linked with nerve damage and loss of penis sensation. For this reason, giving up tobacco use may be indicated in preventing nerve degeneration and the loss of receptivity to sexual stimuli. Applying a specialized penis health formula (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) that contains essential vitamins and minerals, nerve-building amino acids, and natural moisturizing agents may also be useful in slowing the progression of nerve damage, improving the tone and texture of the penis skin, and prompting an overall healthy penis.

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