Most men will actively use their penises for business (i.e., urination) and pleasure (i.e. masturbation and sex) but actually know very little about them.
Here then are the interesting things that men should know about their penises to keep them healthy, strong and ready for action.
#1 Cigarettes Shorten It, Alcohol Makes It Go Limp
Smoking can shorten the length of your penis by as much as a centimeter. Keep in mind that erections largely depend on good blood circulation to the penis while smoking calcifies blood vessels.
The result: Blood flow to the penis becomes restricted.
Drink too much and your penis goes limp. It’s a fact that every man knows! Three-and-a-half drinks for an average 150-pound male can suffice to make a penis go pfft.
#2 Enlarged Prostate Gland Can Make It Less Impressive
Erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation are two of the issues caused by an enlarged prostate gland. If you have the symptoms of either one, set an appointment with your doctor for a prostate check even when there are no other symptoms.
#3 Use It to Keep It Healthy
Indeed, regular erections and ejaculations are the key to keeping your penis in tip-top shape. Think of an erection as the best form of penis exercise – blood fills your penis’ smooth muscles, thus, rejuvenating it with a fresh supply of nutrients and oxygen.
The more erections, the longer your penis can be; this is the rationale behind penis lengthening exercises and penis pumps. The less regular the erections, the shorter your penis!
#4 Cold Results in Shrinkage
Yes, shrinkage of the penis is real.
Cold water and cold weather are two of the worst enemies of both the penis and the testicles, which are necessary to create testosterone and sperm but only when these are warm. (Experiment: Dip in a cold pool and your penis and testicles will literally huddle up against your body to stay warm)
#5 A Mind of Its Own
Men can have erections anytime, anywhere – truly, your penis has a mind of its own! This is because your penis is controlled by your nervous system. Your early morning erections are the result of impulses fired from your brain during the REM phase of your sleep.
But here’s a surprising thing – you don’t need your brains to ejaculate! Your orgasm is actually the result of muscle contractions in your pelvis and spinal cord.
#6 Short But Sweet Orgasms
Men have shorter orgasms compared with women – 6 seconds against 23 seconds. Truly, a short but sweet piece of heaven on Earth but perhaps women should start making sure that men have 4 orgasms for every 1 of theirs.
#7 Growers and Showers
Did you know that there are two types of penises? A grower dramatically expands and lengthens during an erection while a shower appears big most of the time but will not significantly get bigger after an erection.
Majority (estimated 80%) of men have growers for penises while the minority have showers for their organs.
#8 Sensitive Parts
If you want more sexual pleasure, ask your partner to stimulate the most sensitive areas of your penis – the underside of your shaft and of your glans. But set realistic expectations as the overall sensitivity of your penis declines with age starting at 25 years old and onwards.
#9 Home to Bacteria
Like the rest of the skin, the penis has various species of bacteria – 42 on an average male – living on its skin. No worries though as these will not result in your death unless you stop regular and proper hygiene practices.
But circumcised men typically have less bacteria than uncircumcised men because anaerobic bacteria found on the foreskin becomes absent.
#10 Breaking A Boner
Despite the absence of bones in the penis, you can break your boner. This usually happens while you are in the middle of either vigorous sex with a partner or an overzealous masturbation session.
You will likely hear a loud popping noise followed by one of the worst pain in your life – and a humiliating trip to the emergency room because an untreated penile fracture can result in permanent erectile dysfunction.