The marketing of low serum testosterone (low T) as a common medical condition helped propel sales of testosterone gels, patches, injections, and tablets to about $2 billion in the United States last year, according to IMS Health, a health-care information company. A recent study published in the Medical Journal of Australia noted that the low-T trend is global. From 2000 to 2011, there was a “major and progressive increase” in testosterone use in 37 countries.
Over the past several years, the media has bombarded us with various treatments for low serum testosterone in men to prevent andropause, the male equivalent of menopause in women. Continue Reading
An estimated 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in America this year. Hospitals and physicians are always searching for the ultimate treatment for a cure, favorable disease-free survival intervals, decreased patient morbidity, and a reduced risk of secondary cancers and other harmful side effects. Innovative changes have included the widespread use of robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy and proton beam radiation treatment. Continue Reading
What do you call foreplay in a marriage? Answer: begging. This old joke reflects a common problem–one partner wants sex a lot more than the other does. About one-third of the couples seeking marital or relationship help do so because of a marked discrepancy in the desire level of each partner. Continue Reading
I cannot count the number of men who have asked me–as if it were just some casual question that happened to occur to them at that moment–if the size of their penis was “normal.” No man has ever worried that it might be too big. This preoccupation with penis size is one of the saddest and most complicated issues I encounter as a urologist. Continue Reading
Every day on the Internet, I get six or more offers on how to make my penis longer, wider, thicker, or more appealing. These ads promise to “satisfy my dreams.” They offer me some magic potion or surgery that “guarantees” to enlarge my penis. Continue Reading
Any illness can have a dampening effect on a man’s penis power. The general weakness and fatigue that accompanies sickness will naturally affect your sex drive and your ability to respond to stimulation. Also, depending on the nature of the affliction and its severity, a patient’s range of movement might be limited to the point where he is not able to engage in sex. In many cases, illness brings with it a certain amount of depression or despair, a feeling of inadequacy, and an image of one’s body as impaired. All of this can diminish penis power, even if the illness itself does not. Continue Reading
In my many years of urologic practice, I have had thousands of conversations with women about the most intimate details of their sex lives. They have told me things they have related to no other person, including their most esoteric sexual practices and wildest fantasies. For the most part, women do not ever seriously express to me a strong preference for one kind of penis over another. Believe me, I have asked! Continue Reading