“The penis is the dipstick of a man’s body.”
In one simple, yet powerful quote, internationally-renowned, board certified urologist Dr. Harry Fisch perfectly sums up how our below-the-belt health directly connects to the rest of our body (and vice versa).
While discussing issues that range from premature ejaculation to dysfunctional relationships, Dr. Fisch and Howard 100 News reporter Shuli Egar pair up to bring you sound advice mixed with comic relief, centered around the goal of pointing you (and your partner) in a healthy direction.
Tune-in to Howard 101 every Wednesday at 4pm ET, and listen to them take calls on typically taboo topics, as they replace your medical fears with fun, thought-provoking conversation.
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#1 - On the show, Dr. Fisch discussed an article about the state of male birth control pills. Here's more info:
What about male birth-control pills? We keep hearing about research, but then nothing ever seems to happen-what’s going on?
Don’t hold your breath. It turns out that it’s a heck of a lot easier to try to manipulate or thwart the one egg a woman normally releases each month than the hundreds of millions of sperm a guy produces every single day. Even if a method is 99 percent effective in killing or blocking sperm, that would leave more than a million little guys in each ejaculate ready and raring to go in their effort to impregnate a woman.
That said, research into a male contraceptive is moving ahead. The most promising approach, rather ironically, involves using high doses of testosterone. That’s right; testosterone at above normal levels shuts down the sperm-making machinery.
Current research is looking at injections of a combination of testosterone and another sex hormone, progesterone. In parts of Europe and Canada, clinical trials are testing the effectiveness and safety of this combination. But clearly, a method involving injections isn’t going to be very popular. And this type of contraception would do nothing to protect a man (or woman) from sexually transmitted diseases.
#2 - A caller with a six inch penis asked Dr. Fisch about Penile Enhancement Surgery:
“Can guys get penis extensions? Women can get bigger boobs, bigger lips, and tighter vaginas. Do guys have the same options? Are all those e-mails for “penile enhancement” for real?”
If the e-mail is for some herbal supplement, forget it. Nothing he takes by mouth is going to make a bit of difference to the size of a guy’s penis. (Of course, some things, like Viagra, will affect his erections, but even drugs can’t do anything about its actual size.)
Sometimes vacuum devices are sold as “penis enlargers.” As I just mentioned, these devices will certainly enlarge a guy’s penis while it’s in the vacuum chamber. But it’s a bit difficult to have sex with the thing on your penis! And no permanent enlargement is produced by these devices. In fact, they can be dangerous. Create too much suction and you’re going to start breaking blood vessels in the penis, which will leave the guy with a really ugly-looking penis and possibly scar it on top of that, which could really impair his erections.
The only valid forms of enlargement are surgical-and you’re only a candidate for these if you truly have a tiny penis, the “microphallus.” One type of surgery releases ligaments at the base of the penis, which lets it hang down farther and appear longer. Other types of surgery use injections of natural or artificial materials to “bulk up” the girth of the penis. All of these carry risks common to surgery-except we’re dealing with an exquisitely sensitive organ here, so the pain of recovery is, well…really painful.
#3 - An overweight caller wondered if vitamins could help a guy's sex drive and stamina?
Anything that adds to a guy’s overall health is going to help his sex drive and stamina. Most often this involves subtracting things from his diet: the doughnuts, cookies, sweets, chips, French fries, fast food, and over processed foods of all types. No need to be fascist about it, of course. A few beer and some chips on the weekend? Fine. But everyday? Not if he wants peak sexual performance.
This isn’t the place for a treatise on healthy eating, so I’ll just remind you: The real dietary evils are sugar and refined carbohydrates, because these “foods” throw the body’s insulin response out of whack, which leads to rapid conversion of the carbs to fat, increased hunger, and a lack of necessary vitamins and minerals.
To answer your question: Yes, a standard (nonmegadose) multivitamin tablet each day will help keep your body healthy.
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