Male Erectile Health Self-Exams Men Cant Afford to Neglect

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Male Erectile Health Self-Exams Men Cant Afford to Neglect Photo by John Dugan

As most men know, regular physical exams are important to staying healthy, identifying potential health risks, and minimizing the chances of developing a serious or chronic illness. What many don’t realize is that penis health and sexual function are an important aspect of a man’s overall health, and neglecting proper care or ignoring problems can lead to issues with reproductive function, loss of sensation, and reduced sexual function. These problems not only affect a man’s sex life; they are often early warning signs of more serious health issues.

Performing these penis self-checks on a regular basis allows men to be aware of subtle changes and abnormalities that may indicate that something is wrong.

1. Low Testosterone Evaluation

Testosterone levels often decrease as men age, leading to a condition that is sometimes known as "male menopause," which includes symptoms such as the following:

  • Reduced sex drive;
  • Reduced sexual function;
  • Lower levels of assertiveness;
  • High cholesterol;
  • Recent weight gain, especially in the abdominal area;
  • Difficulty making decisions;
  • Reduced self-confidence;
  • Decreased stamina;
  • Loss of muscle mass and/or tone.

Men who note several of these symptoms may consider scheduling a check to have their testosterone levels tested; various treatments are available to help men cope with this issue.

2. Test for Testicular cancer

Testicular cancer often targets men between the ages of 20 and 35. Although it is rare, all men should be aware of the symptoms and look out for them. A self-check every month or so can help to detect early warning signs of cancer. A visual exam of the scrotum can reveal signs of shrinking that might indicate a problem. To check for lumps or bumps that could indicate a tumor, men should stand with their legs slightly apart and gently roll each testicle between the thumb and fingers, making note of any changes or unusual growths. Other symptoms worth noting include pelvic pain, an aching pain in the lower abdomen, and/or a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum.

3. Test for Healthy Penile Skin

The skin of the penis can give men many clues to the overall health of the male anatomy. A close visual check, using the help of a mirror, can help men to detect sores, blemishes, warts or ulcers on the penis, scrotum or inner thighs. These may be caused by various health issues, from partner-transmitted diseases to skin irritation, from fungal infections to cancer. It's also important to inspect the entire shaft of the penis by gently pressing along it to spot any lumps or bumps under the skin.

4. Penis Sensation Test

Men who experience loss of penis sensitivity may have minor skin damage caused by aggressive sex, or they may have some peripheral nerve damage related to vigorous manual stroking. Conducting the following penis test can help to detect areas that have lost sensitivity:

Standing with a firm penis, run a feather or ice cube along the full length (or have a partner do this), making note of any areas that do not register the touch or sense of cold. In some cases, lost sensation can be restored by trying new positions, allowing irritated skin to heal, and wearing loose-fitting, non-restrictive clothing.

Maintaining Penis Health

While early detection is essential in the successful treatment of various penis problems, preventing these from occurring in the first place is the best solution. Getting plenty of sleep, reducing the amount of stress in one’s life, and maintaining a healthy body weight can go a long way toward reducing the chances of developing erectile health issues.

A specially formulated penis nutrient cream (most health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) may also provide the nutrients that are needed to support healthy nerve and circulatory function, as well as maintaining smooth, supple and responsive penis skin.

Author's Profile

For additional information on most common penis health issues, tips on improving penis sensitivity, and what to do to maintain a healthy penis, visit: John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men's health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.

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