Erect Penis Peril: The Dangers of Priapism

Because of all the joys that are associated with an erect penis, many a man has found himself wishing he could stay in that state permanently. (Indeed, during adolescence it sometimes seems that this actually IS the case.) But in fact, priapism, a prolonged erection, can be a serious condition. Exercising adequate penis care can’t prevent priapism, but knowing about this condition and what to do if it does occur are important to ensure the health of a man’s favorite body part.

Priapism vs. a strong erect penis

So what’s the difference between priapism and having an erect penis for a marathon sex session? Basically, even among men who engage in sex for hours on end, the firmness of the erection varies; indeed, most likely a man will go relatively “soft” for some periods even when he continues to engage sexually for an extended period of time.

With priapism, however, the penis remains firmly erect for four hours or more without ever “deflating”- and often this occurs not when a man is sexually active but is simply in a “neutral” state.

That may sound like a “so what?” kind of situation – after all, guys are used to getting boners that may cause some discomfort but are not really a pain. With priapism, however, there can be genuine pain associated with it. Many men who have experienced it say that the pain can become intense and nearly unbearable – and it’s not a pain that can be relieved by simply masturbating, as the organ continues to remain erect.

Damage

Of even more concern than the discomfort is the fact that episodes of priapism can cause substantial damage. Penis tissue, blood vessels and circulation can all be dangerously impacted. In some cases, if left untreated, it can lead to chronic or permanent erectile dysfunction or even to gangrenous infection.

Cause and treatment

Priapism occurs when blood flows into the penis and cannot escape. There are several situations which can cause this to occur, including blockage due to sickling (in a man with sickle cell anemia), a ruptured penile artery, penile injury, medication side effects (often associated with drugs intended to treat erectile issues) and trauma to the spinal cord.

Treatment varies depending on the underlying cause, but it should always be handled by a doctor. Sometimes nothing more is needed than careful application of ice packs; in other cases, the doctor may suggest removal of excess blood via a needle, application of a drug which can help to alleviate the cause of the blockage or other means. In some cases, surgery may be required.

Priapism is considered a fairly rare disorder; a 2001 study from the Netherlands found an incidence rate of 5 cases in the 145,000 men in the study. It is more likely to occur in men between the ages of 20 and 50; in men with sickle cell disease, it is most likely to occur between ages 19 and 21. However, it can occur in men of any age.

The Dangers and Benefits of St John’s Wort

St. John’s wort is possibly the most well-known of natural supplements for depression by dint of the excellent response it’s produced in clinical trials. This amazing herb has shown to be effective against depression, anxiety and even insomnia as well as helping to strengthen the immune system and relieve muscle pain. So why doesn’t everyone use it? Well, as with any supplement or prescription medication, one size does not fit all. Take a look at some of the pros and cons associated with this drug, then consider having a discussion with your doctor about whether or not this would be a viable option for you.

Pros

As previously mentioned, St. John’s wort has shown to be effective against depression ranging in severity from mild to moderately severe. In fact, in clinical trials St. John’s wort tested as comparable to prescription medications such as Paxil and Zoloft. St. John’s wort does this naturally with much fewer side effects than prescription drugs and generally much cheaper. Every time you start taking a prescription antidepressant there’s a chance that it will cause adverse effects in your body including dizziness, fatigue, lack of sex drive and weight gain as well as a chance that it simply won’t work at all…or worse, have the opposite effect.
In short, if you’re looking for something that’s natural, has a low risk of side effects, works well and is cost-effective, St. John’s wort may be just the thing for you. Additionally, St. John’s wort does not seem to produce the same kind of addictive effect that prescription drugs are known for.

Cons

While St. John’s wort appears to have much less severe side effects than prescription medications, there are still indications that there are still some side effects. These side effects are not proven to be a result of the supplement, but some people reported dizziness, nausea and decreased sex drive while on St. John’s wort.

Bear in mind that this supplement is definitely not for everyone. Namely, anyone with bipolar disorder should not take the supplement; if you’re unsure of whether you have bipolar disorder or not then make sure you only proceed under the close supervision of a doctor because St. John’s wort, as with medications such as Paxil, can be hazardous for bipolar patients because they do not have a mood stabilizer and can cause a very dangerous dysphoric mania.

What to Look for and What to Expect

If you just pick a St. John’s wort supplement off the shelf without knowing what you’re looking for, there’s a good chance you’re wasting your money. Many of these supplements on the market have low or no hyperforin content and so will be ineffective in treating depression, so make sure you select a supplement that specifically states a 3-5% hyperforin content.

St. John’s wort builds up slowly over time in the body, so expect to take the supplement daily for about six weeks before you see any results, though some people do see results sooner. If all goes well, you will see substantial alleviation of depression symptoms after that time with few or no side effects.

The Dangers of Premature Ejaculation

As a man, how do you feel, when every time you are having sex, you have to ejaculate almost immediately you start penetrating? Sad, embarrassed, stupid? You deserve to feel the way you do, but you do not deserve to continue suffering in silence.

No woman enjoys sex with a man that is always discharging in barely faster than the speed of light. The other side of the story is that most women will not even behave as if they are bothered about it. But, if as a man you do not get the proper diagnosis or treatment before it is too late, it may result in some devastating consequences.

Firstly, your woman may start faking orgasm to give you a sense that you are performing and to signal to you that it is time to carry your load and leave. You may not be aware of this because women could be the best actors when it comes to sex.

Secondly, you may find your partner avoiding sex or refusing to talk about it with you. After all, whenever she thinks of having sex with you, what comes to her mind is nothing but images of a man who is consistently under-performing and unable to give her repeated orgasms.

Thirdly, she may start discussing her problems with her friends who may advise her wrongly, especially if they are bad friends. Women could be secretive, but when it comes to confiding in their close friends, especially on issues such as sex, they could open up the can of worms. The result could be destructive advice from her so called friends, which may lead her to attempt the unthinkable – finding the utmost pleasure and joy of sex from someone, you may even know.

As a man, the last thing you want to imagine is that your partner is having an affair. If you dread the thought of your partner seeing someone else, then you have to check yourself for signs of below average performance in bed and get the necessary remedies before it is too late. Your sexual life is of the essence and you should consider it of top priority so that you don’t wake up one day only to discover that your partner has been cheating on you.