Prostate cancer is the most common form of the big C diagnosed amongst men, with 47,740 cases recorded between 2014 and 2016. The incidence of prostate cancer has risen by over 40% since the mid-1990s, and charities around the UK are raising awareness with March for Men events. It’s believed that diet and lifestyle are […]
Prostate cancer is the most common form of the big C diagnosed amongst men, with 47,740 cases recorded between 2014 and 2016. The incidence of prostate cancer has risen by over 40% since the mid-1990s, and charities around the UK are raising awareness with March for Men events. It’s believed that diet and lifestyle are playing a crucial part in the increase, and some groups of men are at a higher risk. However, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from the deadly illness.
What Is March for Men?
March for Men is a family event where fathers, sons, grandfathers, brothers, uncles and their loved ones gather together to raise funds and shine a spotlight on prostate cancer. Participants can show off their fitness prowess by jogging or running 1k, 5k or 10k. Don’t worry, though — if you and your family prefer a more leisurely pace, walking is entirely acceptable. The message is far more important than personal bests or competition.
The Bournemouth hospital charity arranged the upcoming march at Bournemouth Pier Approach on the 28th March 2020. A warm-up takes place at 9:00 a.m., with the event beginning at 9:30 a.m. This year, the Bournemouth male voice choir will be encouraging entrants and providing entertainment for the spectators.
Do You Have to Travel to Bournemouth?
March for Men has grown significantly since its 2014 inception. Prostate Cancer UK has been marching since 2016 when Soccer Saturday’s Jeff Stelling became a high profile ambassador for this worthy cause. He walked 10 marathons in 10 days that year and went on to do 15 marathons in 15 days in 2017. Jeff and a band of merry men walked all the way from Exeter City to Newcastle United’s football grounds.
Over 10,000 people have traversed trails throughout the UK and raised more than £3.3 million since 2017, in support of this worthy cause. Whether it’s an amble or a trek for you, these brilliant Prostate Cancer UK marches are taking place in the lush countryside of the following places in 2020:
Signs of Prostate Cancer
As you creep towards middle age and beyond, you must pay more attention to signs your body’s giving you. Like many illnesses, the symptoms of prostate cancer are very subtle in the beginning. However, as the tumour grows, it can start to nudge against your urethra. Some of the symptoms you may notice include:
Difficulty kicking off a piddle
Problems finishing a piddle
Never feeling like your bladder’s emptied after a wee
Needing to wee more at night
Sudden urgency to pee, sometimes leading to incontinence
Slow flowing urine
Post wee dribble
Lads have a reputation for not wanting to go to the doctor, especially about issues with our private parts. If you’re worried about your symptoms, call 111 anonymously and talk them through your experience. They’ll let you know if you should head to the doctor. For guys who are too shy to see their regular GP, ask for a different doctor or visit a walk-in centre. If you leave it and the cancer starts to spread, you may experience the following:
Unexplained weight loss
Blood in semen or urine
Hip, back or pelvic pain
Be Proactive With Your Prostate
Even if you’re fresh out of school, there are measures you can take to prevent your health from going downhill as you get older. The following tips can help stave off the big C and keep you looking your best for years to come.
Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. Fruit is a delicious snack, ideal for breakfast, post-workout or as a cheeky dessert. Veggies may not seem like the most exciting things — but garlic, ginger, chilli and nuts can work wonders in combination with them. The vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, antioxidants and fibre help you to battle oxidative stress and prostate cancer-causing free radicals.
Prostate massage is believed to help clear the duct between your prostate and urinary and reproductive system. This can keep the system working properly by eliminating blockages and excess fluid.
Drink lots of water. That’s right, put down the can of Coke — even diet — and pick a delicious glass of H2O.
Exercise regularly. You should aim for half an hour to an hour of exercise daily. Whether it’s walking, running, boxing, yoga, football or hitting the gym, keeping fit slows the spread of prostate cancer and has a preventative effect on inflammation, BPH and prostatitis.
Don’t neglect your todger. That’s right guys; regular sexual activity keeps your prostate healthy and happy.
We’re all searching for the holy grail of penis health optimisation. Not only that, but who doesn’t want to grow the size of their junk? Rather than try one solution, we recommend loading up with an arsenal of natural tools to maximise your tool. We prefer methods such as exercise, penis pumps and Kegels over risky surgery or pills.
Now, there’s an ancient method that’s having a resurgence: jelqing. This natural therapy technique is shrouded in mystery, but it could be the answer to your bulge-boosting prayers. Read on to discover more about the Middle Eastern rite of passage that has become a penis enlargement craze.
What Is Jelqing?
To jelq is, essentially, to ‘milk’ your penis. The practice is believed to date back to ancient Arabic civilisations, where fathers taught their sons who were about to come of age this method of wang extension. It’s a daily routine that you can incorporate before or after your workout or even in the bath. It hasn’t changed much throughout the years, and anyone with a dong can do it.
Start with a hot towel or a bath to ensure the tissue in the penis is warmed-up and flexible. It also increases the blood flow to the area and gets you in the right headspace for a good jelq.
Always use lube, and don’t be shy with it. Encircle the bottom of your semi-erect cock with an OK finger grip and slowly apply moderate pressure from the base to the tip.
It’s important to remember this isn’t the same as having a wank; you’re only milking one way without pulling the foreskin back down. Beginners should only jelq when their penis is at about 50% erection. After a few months, you can work up to 75%, and an advanced jelqer can get up to 90%.
Never jelq with a full erection and stop if you feel you’re close to cumming. Use your mind to control your arousal level and stop after around 150 reps. Warm down again with a cosy bath and deep breathing exercises.
1. Jelqing Could Help You Last Longer in Bed
When you’ve been with a partner for more than a year, things can start to flatline in the shagging department. You end up going through the motions in the same positions, and staying power can go out of the window. Or, if you’re single, you’re always looking for ways to improve your prowess between the sheets.
Either way, we could all benefit from holding off a little in that race to the finish line. Jelqing is thought to be helpful for guys with sensitive penises who might shoot their load too soon by building up resilience in your penile tissue. It’s also a simple case of mind over matter. As you learn not to get aroused during your jelq sessions, you gain increased control over your arousal levels which can help you to hold off the big O.
2. Get Your Jelq on for Extra Length
There are two schools of thought about how jelqing works to extend the male member. The most popular explanation is similar to the philosophy behind building muscle — that is, stretching the gland leads to micro-tears in the tissue. New cells grow to repair the penis, and over time, this could add up to extra length and girth.
The other explanation isn’t as well-known but has more of a scientific basis,tissue remodelling. This can be explained by what happens when you have braces. Over the course of at least a year, consistent pressure can change the anatomy. So, if you’re looking for a quick fix, this may not be for you. If you’re in it for the long game, you could see results over time.
3. This Natural Therapy Technique Increases Blood Flow
Remember, when you’re jelqing, never continue if you become fully hard or you risk damaging your precious crown jewels. Your member is already flush with blood, so stretching it could be harmful. When done correctly, the gentle massage moves the blood throughout your penile tissue. Better blood flow results in stronger erections. Some sources have claimed their erections even last longer after a continuous course of jelqing.
Jelqing is not believed to be harmful, it could be a useful trick to try. Not only will the potential extra length and girth bring you confidence, but it’ll also make for a more enthusiastic response from whoever is sharing your bed.
A penis pump is an erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment that doesn’t involve the use of medications, Using these devices is easy and safe as long as you take precautions. Many men use penis pumps to reclaim control of their erections so they can enjoy great sex.
Also known as a vacuum erection pump or vacuum pump, this device has three main components.
A tube to insert your penis into
A ring or seal that fits the base of your penis
A hand-powered pump that pumps water out of the tube and causes an erection
A penis pump provides the best results for people with moderate ED. It’s not the first option if you suffer from mild ED, and it’s not the most effective option if you have severe ED.
Why You Should Give Penis Pumps a Try
In most cases, penis pumps effectively produce erections lasting up to 30 minutes. However, these results may vary from one user to another, depending on their unique psychophysiology. You can use the device to get an erection before foreplay or before intercourse, and unlike medications for ED, penis pumps don’t have side effects providing you follow the instructions. These devices are also noninvasive, unlike penile implants, which require surgery.
Compared to alternative treatments for ED, penis pumps cost less in the long run because you buy them once and use them repeatedly. They’re also effective after certain procedures, such as radiation therapy or prostate surgery. Furthermore, you can use the device alongside other treatments with no additional risk. Some men even begin to experience naturally occurring erections following regular use of a penis pump.
How to Use a Penis Pump Safely
At first, using the device may seem awkward, but operating a penis pump is a straightforward task. Just follow these simple steps.
Insert your penis into the tube, in a flaccid state. Use lube to avoid irritation if required.
Slowly pump towards the pelvic bone to remove the water inside the vessel. The blood vessels in your penis will engorge as the change in pressure inside the tube stretches your penis. It usually takes a few minutes to achieve a desirable result.
Remove your penis from the tube and get busy with your partner.
Most penis pumps come with a ring that you wear around the base of your penis. The ring constricts the blood vessels in this area and prevents blood from flowing out of your penis. As a result, you’re able to maintain an erection for long enough to have your fun and perform your coital duties.
Once your penis achieves the desired erection after pumping water out of the tube, position the ring securely around the base of your penis and remove the tube. Don’t leave the ring in place for any more than 30 minutes at a time to avoid harming your penis.
With correct use, penis pumps present minimal risks. You can use them as frequently as necessary to start seeing results. Some men use them several times a week, while others may only use them occasionally. Just remember to stick to the guidelines and not use one for any more than 15 minutes in any 24 hour period
Regardless of how often you use them, make sure you read and follow the manufacturer’s directions. Excess pressure may cause mild subcutaneous bleeding, which can result in petechiae (tiny red spots) on the penis.
One caveat is that the nature of the device doesn’t lend itself to spontaneous sexual encounters. For that reason, some people may find penis pumps somewhat awkward or uncomfortable to use at first. Some may even experience erections with varied firmness along the length of the shaft.
If you have moderate ED, you can safely use a penis pump. However, if you take warfarin or other blood-thinning medications, you have a higher risk of complications related to internal bleeding. Likewise, blood disorders that increase the risk of blood clots or bleeding events can hamper the safe use of a penis pump.
How to Get the Right Penis Pump
If you’re thinking about using a penis pump, start by talking to your doctor. Your urologist can recommend pharmacies and vendors that sell FDA-approved devices. You can also buy a penis pump from a novelty sex shop, drug store, or online vendor. If you buy an over-the-counter penis pump, make sure the vendor is reputable and trustworthy so you get a device that meets high quality and safety standards.
If you want a pump to treat ED, give preference to designs that prioritize the creation of erections.
Lads, did you go all out on Valentine’s Day to give your partner the romantic day they’ve always dreamed of? If you spared no expense, sourced rare gifts and went over and above to ensure your partner’s Instagram feed reflected how awesome you are as a couple, then you might feel that Steak & Blowjob Day is for you. The March 14th celebration is exactly what it says on the tin, the chance for blokes around the world to beg for two (possibly rare) gifts.
Shrouded in controversy and mystery, some view this unofficial holiday as a tongue-in-cheek — or tongue somewhere else — bit of fun. For other people, the day is an offensive attempt by men to cling desperately to the patriarchal stereotypes of yesteryear. Whichever way you look at it, it could be an opportunity to start a discussion about gender equality or an excuse for men to get your end away.
The History of Steak and Blowjob Day
No one is 100% sure how it started. Some say it’s just a meme that spiralled way out of control. Prevailing wisdom seems to state that U.S. radio DJ Tom Birdsley created the opinion-dividing holiday just for men in 2002. The ethos of the day is for men to get something in return for the toil they put into making Valentine’s Day special for their significant other. While Cupid’s day is all about cards, flowers, dates and extravagant gifts, Steak & Blowjob Day has two simple objectives. You guessed it — meat and head.
The Official Steak & Blowjob Brand
As the concept for the day has evolved, a clear brand and message have developed. The day’s official website has a logo with a t-bone steak and a lipstick kiss, a somewhat questionable gallery of fan-submitted photos and cheeky merchandise. For anyone looking to read up on the history of fellatio, they have a section dedicated to facts and trivia. The website even has a step-by-step tutorial, video guides and advanced techniques for anyone who feels ready (and willing) to graduate to deep-throating or grapefruit bjs.
Sticking It to the Man
One of the claims the shadowy overlords of Steak and Blowjob Day make is that Valentine’s Day has become a consumer trap. Restaurants, florists, lingerie brands, jewellers and chocolatiers cash in massively from the February 14th celebrations. For Steak and B.J. Day, cards, fancy dates or spending obscene amounts of money isn’t necessary, just the cost of the hunk of meat.
What About the Girls Who Like Steak and Men Who Like Valentines?
Steak & Blowjob Day brings up an incredible amount of ire from people who see it as an attempt by men to assert their dominance over women. It assumes that all ladies are fawning over men to lavish them with gifts and spend inordinate amounts of money, while guys submissively empty their bank accounts against their will. This not only offends women, but it also paints men in a pretty bad light. It suggests that if men spend money on their partner, they are entitled to oral sex and servitude in return. Not cool.
On the other hand, many people see it as a joke holiday with a message that should be taken with a pinch of salt. Supporters of the day point out that if a guy disappoints on Valentine’s day, they forfeit their right to Steak and Blowjob Day. There are some high profile supporters of the holiday, including Christina Aguilera, who thinks it’s just a harmless bit of fun.
As it’s 2020, there should be more equality and less gender stereotyping surrounding proceedings, whether it’s Steak and Blowjob Day or Valentine’s Day. The Spanish phrase, El Dia del Carne y Sexo Oral translates to the day of meat and oral sex. We think making the tongue action nonspecific is a more inclusive — and much more fun — way to enjoy anti-Valentine’s festivities. Alternatively, ladies can celebrate Cake and Cunnilingus Day on April 14th.
Raising Money for Fighting Breast Cancer
As well as showcasing the slogan ‘help punch cancer in the face’, 80% of the proceeds from Steak and Blowjob Day merchandise sales and donations go to breast cancer charities. Coppafeel is a London-based organisation that seeks to promote awareness for breast cancer, especially helping to teach women and girls how to check themselves for lumps. So, even those who aren’t 100% convinced by the message can rest assured that women are positively benefiting from the day in some form.
Every man wants to make sure his penis is in the best possible condition. Staying in great shape by exercising and eating a proper diet is the most effective way to guarantee the longevity of every part of your body – especially your penis. Strong erections and mind-blowing orgasms are all about blood flow and stamina, so getting your heart beating through physical exertion is the ideal way to get a power-up in these departments.
Additionally, men who are overweight are 11% more likely to have a low sperm count than those who are at a healthy weight. If that’s not enough motivation to get moving, just imagine the great sex you’ll have once you get fit.
Ready to make a change? Here’s some tried and tested ways to take your penile health, sex life and more to an all-new level of power!
Get on the Floor
You don’t even need to go to the gym to get a good workout. Using the resistance of your body weight is more than enough to get fighting fit and superpower your sex life. Try to do three sets of 12 reps of each of the following exercises, four to six times per week. You’ll be able to bring your new strength and stamina directly into the bedroom within a month.
Crunches strengthen your abdominal muscles, and while you may think this has nothing to do with sex — think again. Our abs form part of our core muscles, which allow us to hold ourselves up and support our entire body, especially the back. If you want to be able to put your back into it, building your core muscles should be a priority.
Missionary position pretty much involves multiple push-ups, right? These exercises work your core, your shoulders and your back. Not only will you be in better shape for pumping away at your partner, but your silhouette will look better, and she won’t be able to resist grabbing hold of those well-defined arms.
If you’ve ever been enjoying doggy style or stand up sex but had to change position because your legs got tired, squats could change the game for you. Regular squats will make you a master of every sex position – and get you better looking than ever!
Here’s an exercise most personal trainers won’t tell you about. If you want a real, proven way to work out your penis directly, boosting blood flow for hard, long-lasting erections, there’s only one choice: Bathmate. Get in the shower or bath, and use one of our award-winning, medically-certified penis pumps for just 15 minutes a day, and you’ll start making a real change.
Here’s the facts: after just two months working out with HydroXtreme(our best pump model), 92.9% of survey respondents said they had better erections.
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Build Stamina and Heart Health With Cardio Workouts
Heart health is intrinsically tied to how well your penis works. Cardio causes your heart to beat faster. Your heart is a muscle, and as you practise, it gets more and more efficient at pumping oxygen throughout your body via the bloodstream. Improved blood flow reduces cholesterol, lowers blood pressure and elevates your fitness. Each of these benefits can help strengthen your hard-ons and performance in the bedroom.
Fast walking, jogging and running are excellent ways to get fit and keep your manhood young and strong. You don’t have to be the speediest runner or become obsessed with personal bests to enjoy this type of exercise. Just take your time and go at your own pace. It’s also the ideal opportunity to get outside and enjoy the fresh air — getting enough vitamin D is also integral for a healthy sex life.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) involves going all out on exercises, such as burpees, sprints and jump lunges, for 45 seconds each with a 10-second rest in between, for 10 minutes to half an hour. HIIT is believed to boost testosterone and improve cardiovascular health, leading to high-intensity sessions in the bedroom.
Get Flexible With Yoga Stretches
Yoga ticks all of the sexual health boxes for men, boosting stamina, ejaculation control and desire. Practising yoga increases your awareness of your own body, leading to better physical control. It also eases anxiety and increases blood flow to the genital region, for ultra-hard, long-lasting erections.
To top it all off, sex itself burns off 100 calories per half-hour session. We wouldn’t recommend throwing in the towel for the rest of your workouts, but you can certainly incorporate some of the more challenging sexual positions into your routine. As an added bonus, regular orgasms are a major way to improve penile health, and might even prevent some serious health issues!
Ever wonder what the best foods for your penis are? The truth is, what you eat doesn’t just affect your waistline. It’s vital to your virility, affecting everything from sperm motility to the strength of your erection. Certain foods are scientifically proven to boost your penile performance by improving blood flow down below, a factor which might even improve your penis size.
We’ve rounded up the best examples of foods that can help you get it up — and keep it up — naturally.
1. Chilli peppers
The fiery compound that gives chilli peppers their heat, capsaicin, is associated with higher testosterone levels. A recent study found that men who enjoy spicy foods tend to have more testosterone than those who can’t take the heat. In fact, the researchers found a direct correlation between frequent consumption of hot sauce and higher levels of testosterone — which means higher libido. Now that’s pretty hot!
The fact that such a tasty fruit can work wonders on your sex life is the cherry on the cake. Cherries are loaded with a plant chemical called anthocyanin, which actually cleans your arteries of plaque and keeps your blood flowing freely. Plaque buildup is a known cause of erectile dysfunction.
These ruby-hued health bombs are also one of the most potent sources of vitamin C out there. A 49-gram serving (1/2 cup) of red acerola cherries delivers 822 mg of the vitamin — that’s seven times as much as the same amount of orange juice, and 913% of the recommended daily value.
Saffron has long been used as an herbal aphrodisiac and a remedy for erectile dysfunction, without any of the unpleasant side effects brought on by modern medicine. Now, the penis-friendly perks of the dried Crocus sativus flower have been scientifically proven — especially in men on antidepressants.
Researchers gave 36 men, who struggled with a low libido related to antidepressant medication, 30 mg of saffron every day over a four-week period. These men reported significant improvements in their erections and sexual desire, compared to a placebo.
As an added bonus, saffron also seems to work on women. Researchers gave 38 women on antidepressants 30 mg of saffron daily for four weeks. At the end of the study, they reported that their sexual arousal and lubrication had improved, compared with taking a placebo.
It turns out juicy watermelons can help you quench your thirst in more ways than one. The summertime staple is full of L-citrulline, an amino acid that might help with erectile dysfunction. Your body converts the compound into L-arginine, which dilates your blood vessels by raising nitric oxide levels in your bloodstream. One study found that men who took a combination of 800 mg of L-citrulline and 300 mg of transresveratrol reported improved erectile function and hardness over a thirty day period, compared to those who took a placebo.
5. Dark Chocolate
Chocoholics, you’re in luck — your beloved snack might also help you in the sack. The main ingredient in chocolate, cacao, increases the levels of serotonin, the feel-good hormone, in your brain. The higher your serotonin levels, the less stressed you’ll feel. (Stress is a major factor in erectile dysfunction.) This can give your libido a major boost, and might even make your orgasms more intense.
It’s no accident that the number one Valentine’s Day gift is a box of chocolate — it’s long been thought to be an aphrodisiac in women as well.
Who knew your favourite Indian takeaway could help turn you on? Fenugreek, one of the most widely used ingredients in Indian cuisine, is a proven testosterone booster. In one study, 30 men were given 600 mg of fenugreek extract every day over a six week period and observed for any changes in libido and sexual function. The results were astounding: a majority of participants reported increased sex drive, as well as an increase in strength.
In another study, 30 college-aged men performed four sessions of weightlifting every week over an eight-week period. Half of the men were given 500 mg of fenugreek every day, and half were not. The group that took the supplement showed an increase in testosterone, whereas the group that didn’t take it experienced a slight reduction in the hormone. The group that took fenugreek also showed a 2% reduction in body fat.
It’s a no-brainer that salmon is good for us. The omega-3 fatty acids in oily fish offer a sea of health benefits for everything from our brain to our heart. But did you know it helps our sex drive, too? The nutrient causes a spike in dopamine, the neurotransmitter that gives us those addictive feelings of pleasure and reward that we get from winning or while having sex. This natural chemical boost improves circulation and blood flow, helping to trigger arousal. It can also make you feel more connected to your partner, which in turn makes sex a whole lot sexier.
Anyone who spent any amount of time on the Internet — particularly in the seedier areas — knows that there are thousands of pills, potions and even creams that claim to increase the size of your penis. And anyone who has actually used them knows that virtually none of them work. Or if they do, the results are often temporary.
However, the old adage is true: size matters. Or at least, it matters to some people. So as long as this belief holds true, there will always be “get big quick” pills and potions advertised.
Most people, however, do not want to go as far as getting surgery. Added to the obvious discomfort of having your wiener operated on, there’s also a high risk of failure — and it’s expensive, too. The cost can range up to £10,000, with around £6000-£8000 being a normal range. Side effects include loss of erection and they can go as far as gangrene. As for fillers, do you really want a wide-bore needle in your penis? And are they worth it? In most cases, not. At around £1000-£1500 a pop, fillers are not cheap, either.
So what options are available for those who want to elongate their wang naturally? Herbs and berries certainly won’t cut it, but the good news is that there is one method — albeit a little slower — that can produce results.
How Do I Increase My Penis Size Naturally and Safely?
Safely and naturally increasing the size your penis simply involves massaging the tissue along the length of the shaft using your hand. These exercises aim to create micro-tears in the tissue along the penis to stretch the skin over time. As the tissue heals, it seems to engorge and give your penis the appearance of being larger than it previously was.
You can use similar stretching exercises to increase the girth of your penis. Referred to as jelqing, these girth exercises also involve massaging your penis to stretch the tissues. The more consistently you perform these exercises, the more likely you are to start seeing results.
The steps are relatively simple:
Manually stretch your penis by holding the head and pulling it outward.
Keep it stretched for about 10 seconds.
Pull it to the right for 10 seconds and do the same in the opposite direction.
Repeat this exercise for about 5 minutes once or twice a day.
There is an alternative method:
Hold the head of the penis and pull outwards as you press in the base area.
Maintain the outstretched position for about 10 seconds.
While maintaining the pressure at the base area, pull your penis to the right and hold for 10 seconds.
Do the same in the opposite direction.
Repeat this exercise for about 2 minutes once or twice a day.
For jelqing exercises, the exercises are a little different:
Place your thumb and index finger in an O shape around the base of your penis.
Apply pressure to your shaft by making the O smaller.
Slowly move the “O” outward until you reach the tip of your penis.
Repeat this exercise for about 20–30 minutes once daily.
Many men who do these exercises consistently eventually start to become increasingly confident in the size and appearance of their penis. Before you do the stretching exercises, keep the following in mind.
Do these exercises when your penis is flaccid
Stop doing the exercises the moment you experience discomfort or pain
Do these exercises while you’re seated or standing against a wall
Avoid injury by limiting the frequency of the exercises to once or twice daily
Consult your doctor if you’re thinking about increasing the frequency or intensity of these exercises
Are There Any Potential Risks to Stretching Your Penis?
Be gentle on your penis. The last thing you want is to handle it roughly because doing so can injure the tissues by causing large tears. Likewise, being too rough can hurt the ligaments at the base of your penis.
People who use devices like a penis pump or traction device to increase the size of their penis are advised to seek their doctor’s advice on how long to wear the device to avoid injuries. The same goes for using your hand to naturally stretch your penis.
Failure to exercise appropriate caution when doing stretch exercises may lead to
Minor bruising or discoloration
Red spots along the penile shaft
If you experience any of these symptoms for several days, have a doctor assess them and advise you on the best course of action.
What Exactly Is the Average Penis Size?
Many guys are anxious about the size of their penis. The anxiety hurts their confidence in the bedroom. Given how important penis size is to most men, it’s easy to see why many men feel this way.
Yet a lot of the anxieties are due to braggadocio (let’s face it, almost every bloke knows someone who boasts they have a 9-inch penis) and porn. Neither of which are particularly representative of the general population.
Like most other physical characteristics in humans, penis sizes follow a normal distribution. This means that the vast majority of men have a normal-sized penis. On one extreme of the spectrum is the congenital micropenis, with a length of about 2.5 inches or less. On the other end, you have record-breaking penises such as Jonah Falcon’s penis, which is 13.5 inches at its maximum. At that length, full penetration is extremely difficult, if not impossible. The average size is about 5.16 inches, give or take, depending on the person’s ethnic background.
What Penis Size Do Women Prefer?
According to UCLA research, the ideal penis size for most women is about 6 inches. However, the research didn’t take into account other important factors such as chemistry, intelligence, personality, attractiveness, sexual skills and attentiveness. It’s like asking a group of guys their ideal figure. It’s a rather silly question because many variables factor into attraction.
Interestingly, another study found that the length and girth are not the attributes that women prioritize most in a penis. Women ranked the penis length sixth and girth fourth. The top three penis attributes were the general appearance of the penis, the appearance of the pubic hair and the penile skin. So size doesn’t really factor into women’s choice of sexual partners.
A bigger penis doesn’t necessarily translate to better sex. In fact, for every woman who prefers a large penis, there’s probably one that prefers a relatively small penis because, depending on her physiology, a large penis can make uncomfortable or painful for the woman — the average length of the vaginal canal is only between 3 and 7 inches.
How Important Is Size of Your Penis?
One of the largest and most thorough studies of the reasons why men and women have sex found 237 motivating factors. Among these factors were general attraction and facial attractiveness. Interestingly, penis size didn’t feature on the list.
The only time that penis size comes into focus is in studies that focus exclusively on penis size. Even in these studies, a common conclusion is that penis size is not nearly as important as most men believe. The essential factors include comfort, sexual skills, confidence, and attentiveness.
Furthermore, it’s important to note that for most women, vaginal penetration does not lead to orgasm. To achieve an orgasm, most women need clitoral stimulation, which has nothing to do with the size of your penis.
For the women who achieve an orgasm through vaginal penetration, the orgasm happens as a result of the stimulation of the G-spot. This is an area of about 2 inches into the vaginal wall which gives a woman intense pleasure when stimulated. this pleasure likely occurs due to the stimulation of the clitoris’ inner parts and urethra’s peripheral tissues.
To sum it up, satisfying your partner in the bedroom has little to do with the size of your penis so don’t get hung up on it. Focus on the full experience you share with your partner by experimenting and paying attention to what they respond to.
The Bottom Line
The consistency with which you do natural penis-stretching exercise will determine how soon you see the result. It is, however, important to note that the time it takes to see results may vary from one person to another depending on their unique physiology. Should you have any medical questions about penis length, it’s worth talking to your GP.
It is important that you monitor and learn about the way your penis responds not only to the stretching exercises but to other forms of stimulation. Doing so will help you become in tune with your sexual health and will eventually result in you being more comfortable with the size and appearance of your penis.
If you’re considering using additional devices and pharmaceuticals to improve the quality of your sexual experience, be sure to first seek your doctor’s advice and to follow the guidelines of the manufacturer. If, at any point, you feel pain or discomfort, seek medical help immediately.
International Women’s Day is celebrated each year on March 8th. For a long time, a patriarchal society detracted away from the awesomeness of feminine traits and influences. A lot has changed in 2020 compared to 50, 100 or 1000 years ago — but there are still changes to make.
Gender equality benefits everyone, from an economic, political, educational and social perspective. Not only has the pressure on men to be providers and the stronger gender held women back, but it has also been detrimental to the physical and emotional health of guys. We all love our mothers, sisters, daughters and partners more than the world, and society will be a better place when we split everything 50/50 — including the bill for dinner!
How Did International Women’s Day Start?
The very first iteration of a day dedicated to women was held on the 28th February 1909. A year later, the revolutionary feminist Clara Zetkin proposed to have it switched to the 8th March to celebrate the suffragettes. The focus from that point on has been as much about giving women the same rights that men have in the workplace as it is about recognising their inherent worth.
In some parts of the world, it’s a day of protest against the aspects of life where women still feel undervalued, such as pay equality and objectification. In others, the focus is on celebrating femininity and womanhood.
A Celebration of Women’s Achievements and Capabilities
Sometimes, we pick up a tendency to stereotype from older generations. This can lead to beliefs that hold people back, without even knowing they’re doing it — or meaning to. The word feminism doesn’t need to have angry, judgemental or man-hating connotations. All feminists love the men in their lives and are simply trying to change the world for the better. In the same vein, all men want to see their mothers, daughters, sisters and wives treated with respect and given the same rights they enjoy themselves.
Men and women are biologically and psychologically unique; imagine how boring (and unsexy) the world would be if we weren’t. Equality doesn’t imply that we’re all the same — it just means we all deserve to access the same successes and joys in life. Men and women complement each other, and the more we incorporate feminine strength into politics, economics and family life, the healthier we’ll all be.
How Does #EachforEqual Help Businesses?
The #metoo movement has drawn a lot of attention to women’s sexual rights, and rightly so. However, there’s even more to the feminist movement in 2020 than that. Economies around the world that have focused on improving women’s rights within the workforce have a higher GDP. It’s a simple fact that when more people are in employment, a country becomes more prosperous. When a country is more prosperous, its inhabitants enjoy a greater quality of life and enhanced public services.
Unequal pay and subordination are still problems for women at work, despite the huge leaps forward that we have made over the years. Sadly, most women have experienced being patronised or underestimated because of their gender. Outdated beliefs drive these inequalities that all of us, as individuals, can make an effort to change.
Does One Organisation Oversee IWD?
International Women’s Day isn’t a marketing campaign spearheaded by one organisation. Since its inception, the message has spread throughout the world as a way of bringing men and women together in the fight for equality. The UN, which is an intergovernmental organisation that incorporates 193 member states across the world, began celebrating IWD in 1975. It’s grown in popularity ever since, as men and women continue to strive towards equal opportunities.
How Can Men Support International Women’s Day?
While most men are proud to be a breadwinner and enjoy providing for a family, if the burden is entirely yours, it’s putting undue pressure on you. The higher incidence of disease, suicide and early death among men is a stark reflection of this fact. Healthy masculinity celebrates the success of the women and girls in their lives, and the idea of more opportunities is nothing but positive.
Imagine how children would benefit in a world where men share childcare duties, and women share fiscal responsibility in the home. We can set boys and girls a better example — and melt away a ton of daily arguments and simmering resentment!
Share the #EachforEqual message on social media and start a conversation in your workplace or with your family. If you run a business, there are a ton of ways you can spread the word to your staff and clients.
Let’s face it, most of us guys haven’t given a second thought to our pelvic floor muscles — let alone tried Kegel exercises. However, recent science shows that we’ve been missing a trick. You can optimise your equipment below the belt by adding a few simple exercises to your routine. Don’t worry; you don’t need to be a hard-line gym guy to do a Kegel workout. You can do them at your desk, in the car — even when you’re getting hot and steamy in the bedroom.
Aren’t Kegels for Women?
You might have heard of this exercise before, but probably in connection to your missus or a female friend. Women have been doing gynaecological gymnastics to prevent incontinence after giving birth for years. Many ladies also do Kegels to keep their snatches snug and stave off signs of aging that can occur in the lady garden.
However, keeping your pelvic floor’s pubococcygeus (PC) muscles taut is just as crucial for the health of your nether regions. The PC muscles are hanging out in your pelvis, stretching from your urinary sphincter to your anus, holding it all up like a sling. If you don’t workout your PC muscles they can get lazy, leading to problems, such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and weaker orgasms. In fact, a mind-blowing 83% of men admitted that Kegels helped them overcome PE.
It’s Simple Science
Working those pelvic floor muscles strengthens the very muscles that hold up your hard-on and also helps improve blood flow to the region. The pelvic muscles tend to weaken with age, but poor health, surgery and injury can also affect them. What’s remarkable about these muscles is their impressive ability to regain coordination, flexibility, stamina and strength. Building these muscles with simple PC exercises can make squatting, walking, sitting and cumming more enjoyable.
How Do I Locate My PC Muscles?
The PCs stretch from the bottom of your spine to the pubic bone at the front of your body, helping to control when you pee and empty your bowels. Locating the right set of muscles is integral to getting the benefits, and too many people end up squeezing in the wrong places.
Rather than squeezing your thighs, clenching your abdominals or holding your breath, just relax your entire body. You can start by lying down, sitting or standing, whichever you find most comfortable. To find the anterior muscles, imagine raising your balls and stopping mid-wee. For the posterior muscles, squeeze your sphincter as if you’re holding in wind. Now that you know where the PCs are, you can learn some reps to add to your exercise routine.
3 Exercises to Practise
Some sources recommend incorporating Kegels into a typical exercise regime that targets the PC muscles, as well as the supporting muscle groups. We’d recommend also doing some mini workouts that isolate the PC region, most of which can be done in any place, at any time.
Start easy by making use of a simple squeeze, hold and release motion. Contract the PC muscles as if you’re stopping yourself from peeing, squeeze for two seconds and then relax. Repeat 20 times. You can do this anywhere, and nobody will notice — unless you start pulling weird faces, of course.
When you’re comfortable with the basic movement, try speeding up the motion. Flex the muscle and release as quickly as you possibly can five times in a row. Add another five each week until you get up to 20 in a row.
Once a day, go for the mega-clench. Squeeze the muscle and hold it for 10 seconds. When you’re comfortable, add five seconds on and keep adding five seconds until you get to a 30-second hold.
Try the Kegel/Pump Combo for Ultimate Results
For mind-blowing results — for you and your partner — try pairing Kegel exercises with vacuum therapy. Improving your erections is all about blood flow, so why not double your chances of getting a raging stiffy every time? Penis pumps draw blood into the penis to mimic the natural process of getting an erection. Once you’re a Kegel exercise expert, you can clench and release as you pump.
Kegel Exercises and Sexy Time
There are even some super fun Kegels you can try out with your partner. When you get a boner, show off for your partner by draping a light towel (or your boxers) over your wang and lifting it five to 10 times. She’ll know she’s in for a good time! Then, once you’re inside her, slow right down and practice your Kegels. She’ll feel a cheeky and pleasurable little thrust. No doubt she’ll want to return the favour by squeezing tight and releasing for her own Kegel workout.
In our fast-paced world, it’s all about speeding from one pursuit to another: we’re all trying to cram as many things into our day as is humanly possible. However, when it comes to sex, a race to the finish line is the last thing we’re aiming for. A survey from a dating website indicates that the ideal sex banquet for men and women is indulged in for about 25 minutes. While rumpy-pumpy actually tends to last for around 17 minutes, it’s still a far cry from the one- to two-minute-long bouts of bonking someone suffering from premature ejaculation experiences.
If premature ejaculation is something you’ve been battling against, you’re not alone. The Sun reported that 33% of men in the UK had experienced premature ejaculation in 2019 (in what was essentially a barely disguised advert for a popular over-the-internet diagnosis service). It may just be a temporary blip in your personal sexual odyssey, but it may signal an underlying health issue. If it’s an ongoing problem for you, consult your GP. In many cases, there are a few simple steps you can take to learn how to control and overcome this pesky penile problem.
Potential Causes of Premature Ejaculation
Every man is different physiologically, so firstly you’ll need to work out what’s causing your PE. Gaining an understanding of what you need to work on can considerably speed up the whole process. The answer could be more simple than you thought, or it might be a more complex reason that requires more intensive treatment, such as therapy.
Your penis is like a barometer for your overall health. The heart is one of the most important organs in your body, especially when it comes to your erections and sexual performance. Keeping fit by exercising regularly and avoiding too much unhealthy food is imperative for penis health. Additionally, anxiety about sexual performance is a leading cause of PE, so underwhelming erections or low self-esteem due to body image may be an underlying reason.
Your brain is probably the key player when it comes to premature ejaculation. For a lot of men, shooting your load before the whistle has blown is all in the mind. In some cases, anxiety, fear and guilt about sexual performance perpetuate the issue and prevent men from seeking help. Depression, stress and other emotional and psychological factors can also play a part in sexual performance. The worst thing you can do is internalise the problem or bury your head in the sand. Speak openly with your partner or someone you’re close to and seek professional help.
Excessive Drug or Alcohol Use
Ejaculation is a complicated process that combines the physiological with the psychological. Using alcohol and drugs causes imbalances in the chemicals in your brain that are also responsible for triggering stimulation and the big O. Psychoactives usually affect the central nervous system; speeding up or slowing down your heart, which can interfere with sexual performance. Cutting down on drink or eliminating the naughtier substances could solve your PE problem.
Too Much Porn and Dodgy Masturbatory Style
We’re sorry to say it lads, but your PornHub habit could be holding you back … or preventing you from holding back. It’s so easy to find whatever tickles your fancy and knock one out in 30 seconds flat that you may have trained your winky to jump the gun.
Additionally, a reasonably simple cause is your masturbatory style. If you’re used to using a particularly loose grip when you’re spanking the monkey, it could make the warm grip of a woman’s honeypot too much to handle.
Some men are just extremely sensitive to stimuli. While this may sound like a great thing, it’s not if you want to be a master of pleasure between the sheets. Hypersensitivity is closely linked with premature ejaculation, and it has many causes. Most of them can be treated, so if you believe this condition is affecting you, speak to your GP. There are several tactics you can try with your partner to slow down the process, which we’ll discuss in detail below.
Pay Attention to Erection Types
Learn about your physiology and the mechanisms at work behind sexual function. A greater understanding of the body often leads to greater control over it. For instance, did you know there are three erection types?
That’s right; there’s a psychogenic erection – which is all in the mind. This type of erection occurs without any physical touch; it’s purely a response to psychological stimuli. Then there’s the reflexogenic erection. The clue is in the name here; it happens as a response to physical contact. Finally, there’s the nocturnal erection. This guy is the cause of your morning wood, which is just one of several a healthy man experiences every night.
Medical Treatments for Premature Ejaculation
Most doctors recommend taking a behavioural approach before turning to medication, but there are some less extreme medical methods you can try. If you’ve been struggling with PE for years and you’ve tried everything from yoga to yodelling to stave off the spaff, these ideas could help you.
That mysterious little blue pill is famous for giving men stonking hard-ons that last for hours, but it can also help you to last longer. Provided you’re otherwise healthy; viagra is a safe and highly effective method for treating PE. Plus, even if you do shoot your load within minutes – you’ll be ready to go again straight away.
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors
Your doctor can offer you SSRIs. This type of medication is typically prescribed to people who are struggling with depression, but it has a side effect that can be handy for men with PE: delayed ejaculation. In low doses, it won’t have an impact on your mental health, but it could help with your penile predicament.
As the ultimate last resort, acupuncture, Ayurveda and Chinese herbal remedies have shown some possible effectiveness at helping guys with PE — although studies into this area are usually described as “very low quality”. Ayurveda is traditional Indian medicine, and the holistic approach to healing has several natural solutions you can concoct yourself at home. You don’t have to be a hippy to give them a go — different men will respond to different things. If you’ve tried everything else and you’re still having no luck, anything is worth a shot.
Behavioural Methods of Controlling Premature Ejaculation
If you don’t quite feel ready to sit down with the doc and discuss your pork sword, there are a ton of techniques you can try to boost your staying power.
Lay off the Porno
Using your imagination instead of having access to millions of wild fantasies at the click of a button changes the way you’re wired to respond to stimuli. Once your brain gets used to putting in a bit of effort for the sweet reward, it’s likely you’ll have greater control over ejaculation. As difficult as it might be to tear yourself away from the habit, it could turn your sex life from stale to sensational.
The Stop and Squeeze
This involves trying as hard as you can to actively take control over the splooge. When you feel you’re getting close to climax, stop. Then, either squeeze the area where your shaft meets your helmet yourself or ask your partner to do it. Take a few deep breaths and repeat the process until you’re both satisfied.
Unless there is deep-seated trauma present in your past that’s contributing to the problem, sex therapy usually only takes a couple of months and can be highly effective.
It’s easy to neglect daily exercise when our lives are so busy, but it is imperative to preventing anxiety and staying in fine form as we get older. A healthy body equals a healthy sex life, so if you’re not fighting fit, you may want to try some of the following workouts:
Cock Rings and Specialist Condoms
Cock rings help by limiting the amount of blood flow and sensation you feel during intercourse. Once you’re erect, slide it into your member, and it can help to stop you from getting too excited while also providing additional stimulation for your lady. Specialist condoms usually contain a type of lube that decreases sensation for you, helping you to go the distance.
Take a Different Approach to Sexy Time
Once you stop obsessing over your orgasm and how quickly you’re worried it’s going to happen, keeping yourself from spaffing too soon becomes much more manageable. Instead of focusing on penetration — which isn’t usually how a woman achieves climax — use your hands, mouth or sex toys to ensure she’s fully satisfied before entering her. Intimacy and closeness are the biggest turn-ons for a lady, and making her cum hard every time is likely to give you the confidence necessary to begin overcoming your anxiety.
We are what we eat, and that extends right down to what’s in your trousers. It’s no secret that a dodgy diet of junk food causes high blood pressure and contributes to heart disease. A healthy ticker is vital for penis health and your performance in the bedroom. If you’ve been neglecting your veggies in favour of processed food — listen up. Eating a diet rich in the following foods can help you get harder, increase your sperm count, protect your prostate and give you more stamina.
5. The Mediterranean Diet
Everyone knows about the reputation Italian stallions have in the sack, but what if we told you that diet has a lot to do with their performance? Get your head around the Mediterranean way of eating, and your trouser snake will be eternally grateful — as will your partner.
When your heart is unhealthy, plaque builds up in your blood vessels causing blockages that prevent blood from flowing freely. Your nether regions are among the first places to suffer from this situation, so eating for heart health is vital. The Med diet is full of fresh fruit, vegetables and monounsaturated fats, such as the ones found in fatty fish, meat and nuts. It’s also better to use olive oil instead of butter and to load up on whole grains instead of refined carbs.
4. Nuts for Your Nuts
All nuts are high in heart-friendly monounsaturated fats, so if you feel like munching on some snacks in front of the TV — reach for the nuts. These are the most effective nuts for keeping your pecker in prime condition.
Pine nuts: Not only are pine nuts great to pick at — but when toasted, they elevate any vegetable side dish from boring to awesome. They’re chockablock with zinc, which scientists believe increases sex drive by boosting testosterone levels. You’ll also benefit from high levels of magnesium, which keeps sperm healthy.
Walnuts and Pistachios: These are some of the tastiest nuts out there, and contain an amino acid called L-arginine, which is a building block of nitric oxide. This magical gas helps you to maintain a rock hard erection.
Peanuts: As well as being a source of L-arginine, peanuts help lower cholesterol. Bad cholesterol builds up in the bloodstream and causes circulation problems. We all know where we need that blood to flow!
Brazil nuts: Selenium is a mineral you don’t hear much about — but it plays an important role in hormone health. Studies have shown a correlation between low levels of selenium, low testosterone and infertility. Just two Brazil nuts a day provide all the selenium you need and could ensure your little swimmers stay strong.
3. Oysters Are More Than Just an Aphrodisiac
Bivalve molluscs, such as oysters, are high in a rare amino acid that triggers an increase in sex hormone levels, making you want to skip dessert and get it on with your girlfriend. It turns out that these slippery delicacies provide a double whammy of benefits — they are also rich in that wonderful boner stiffening mineral, zinc. Zinc is the second most abundant mineral in our bodies, after iron, and is a necessary building block for testosterone.
Oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food, but if you’re not a fan — pumpkin seeds, crab, lobster and beef are also rich in this marvellous mineral.
2. Ever Heard the Phrase, ‘Sow Your Wild Oats?’
While you might never have thought of porridge as sexy, wild oats are actually an aphrodisiac. Getting your day started with a bowl of oats in the morning could help you please your lady all night long. They’re rich in L-arginine, which can help treat erectile dysfunction by relaxing the blood vessels in your peen. Expanded blood vessels assist you in maintaining an erection and avoiding those dreaded disappointing, fizzle-out orgasms.
1. The Best Food for Penis Health Is: The Humble Tomato
The vibrant red colour of tomatoes comes from an antioxidant called lycopene. As one of nature’s most amazing antioxidants, lycopene minimises the number of free radicals in the body and fights against oxidative stress. It’s believed to play a critical role in preventing prostate cancer, and it keeps the blood vessels in the penis and heart healthy.
What makes tomatoes stand out, is the additional benefit they contribute towards healthy crown jewels. Tomatoes have been shown to improve sperm concentration and sperm quality. Men who have a diet rich in tomatoes have significantly fewer misshapen swimmers and overall better sperm health.
Boner, stiffy, hard-on — no matter what you call an erection, chances are that the first thing that comes to mind when you think of one is a man who’s raring and ready to go. Most men have experienced a variety of erection types and when it comes to penis health, it’s actually a good thing that erections are happening for different reasons. In fact, there are 18 different types of boner that a man typically experiences throughout the course of his life.
1. The Classic Hard-On
This boner shows up when a man is turned on and ready to go, either solo or with a partner. These boners normally start showing up during puberty and continue to pop up regularly throughout most of a man’s adult life.
2. Morning Wood
Every man’s had it: morning wood. These boners are often present upon waking and for most men, it can take several minutes for things to settle down there. One great thing about morning wood? It makes for incredible morning quickies — if you can resist the urge to go to the loo.
3. The Bedtime Boner
Bedtime boners tend to creep up on a man just as he’s crawling into bed and winding down for the night. These boners are best relieved by rubbing one out quickly before drifting off to sleep.
4. Boners With Bad Timing
Nearly every man has experienced that horrifying moment — they’re sitting in church, visiting with their Grandma or chatting with their boss and then out of nowhere it pops up: an erection.
5. The Unexpected Boner
Similar to number four, the unexpected boner shows up at odd times. What makes it different is the fact that this boner is rooted in actual arousal. A man never knows when the unexpected boner might make its appearance — it may show up during an episode of Golden Girls or even while being reprimanded by their boss or hanging with the guys.
6. The Full-Bladder Boner
Every once in a while, when a man really has to pee, the full-bladder boner makes its appearance. This boner is far from being a sign of arousal, it’s a more simple, fake-out erection type that ceases as soon as the bladder is relieved. Aim, at this point, is optional.
7. The Peeing-in-Public Stiffy
Maybe it’s the excitement of whipping it out in public or maybe it’s just the sheer awkwardness of it, but many men end up with erections when they’re in a public toilet. Again, aim is optional.
8. The Hard-On That Won’t Go Away & 9. The Medical Emergency Boner
If a man gets aroused and his boner isn’t taken care of, it might decide to stick around a while. This erection type usually occurs after a man has sexual contact with a partner and doesn’t get the chance to finish. These boners can be relentless and, in some cases, last hours. Usually, the best way to relieve this type of boner is by masturbating. When that doesn’t work, it might be time to consult a doctor.
10. The Sweatpants Boner
There’s just something about sweatpants that gets guys hard. And obviously so.
11. The “Oh, that’s just my jeans!” Boner
Men’s denim sometimes tents in just the right place, making it look like there’s a boner when there’s really nothing there at all. Honest.
12. The Quickie Boner
It’s not what you think — the quickie boner pops up, usually for no reason, and then disappears just as quickly.
13. The Nocturnal Erection
Starting in puberty, men have an average of three to five boners every night. While they may sometimes be related to an erotic dream, in most cases, it’s nothing more than an involuntary twitch.
14. The Not-So-Hard Hard-On
This erection type is technically a hard-on that’s well, just not that hard. A semi.
15. The Puberty Erection
During puberty, it seems that the penis spends more time up than it does down. These boners happen multiple times during the day and night — sometimes without a valid reason. As men grow out of puberty and into adulthood, erections usually become better-timed and less frequent.
16. The Work-Out Boner
There’s nothing like a good work-out to get the blood rushing. And for some men, that blood heads straight to the penis.
17. The Hardest Hard-Ons
Some erections are just better than others. These boners are extra-engorged, which for most men, is a serious boost of confidence.
18. The Back-In-Action Boner
Once a man reaches a certain age, achieving and maintaining boners can be a little more difficult than it was in their younger years. However, every once in a while an older man attains that legendary erection that he often experienced in his younger years.