Common myths about sex and the penis can impact a man’s sexual health in a number of ways, from causing him to avoid healthy behaviors or encouraging him to adopt unhealthy ones to the effects they may have on a man’s self-esteem and, in turn, performance ability. A healthy sex life is important for overall physical, mental and particularly penis health. It therefore behooves a man to separate fact from fiction concerning matters of his equipment and what should go on in the bedroom. The following common myths should be dispelled:
1) Most men are circumcised.
For the uncut gentlemen in the U.S., it can be easy to feel a bit out of the loop, since circumcision is a common practice in this culture. However, if one adopts a more global perspective, these men are in good company; about 70% of world’s males, according to the CDC, are intact. And more than one might think still have their foreskins here at home - about 35% of newborns in 2009 were uncircumcised.
2) Eight inches is average.
Not even close. No wonder so many men fret that their equipment is inadequate - they think they’re supposed to have at least 8-inch erections. But the average erect penis length is within the 5.3-6.5-inch range. A far cry from 8 inches!
3) Most men should be concerned that they masturbate too often.
There is no magic number for the amount of times a man should, ideally, masturbate for maximum penile and sexual health. Frequent use and release is generally believed to be good for the penis, sensual stamina and prolonged erectile health, though. Even a daily cranking is not likely to negatively impact one’s health and abilities.
4) There’s no such thing as too much masturbation.
With the above said, that doesn’t mean there’s no such thing as too much. If self-gratification interferes with a man’s life - if it disrupts his social life, leads to inappropriate behavior in public or interferes with his sex life with a partner, for example - then it is "too much," or the wrong approach is being taken. Men who watch very graphic porn or engage in very rough handling can become de-sensitized to the touch and body of another person. In this case, taking a hiatus from handling and then retraining oneself to enjoy gentler, more realistic scenarios is the treatment course.
5) If you can’t bring her to orgasm with penetration alone, you’re doing something wrong.
Most women don’t orgasm with internal stimulation alone. While partners can discuss areas of especial pleasure (such as the G-spot, the anterior vaginal fornix and the posterior vaginal fornix) and experiment with positions designed to stimulate them, many women still require clitoral stimulation in order to get there. Partners can discuss how they want to go about getting the woman to the finish line. Does she expect a release every time? Does she prefer it during penetration, or before or after? By hand or mouth? With a toy? There are many ways couples can both achieve release, and couples should openly communicate about their desires and preferences.
6) Men should be able to go on for hours.
While some couples enjoy marathon sessions of sex, they usually involve techniques to keep the play going, like taking plenty of breaks. The average man releases after three to seven minutes of continual thrusting; expecting oneself to be capable of pounding away for hours is unrealistic.
7) No products designed to improve the penis work.
While this statement is likely true concerning products designed to enlarge the penis, there are products out there designed to moisturize the skin and provide nutrients supportive of circulatory and nerve health. Such a penis health cream (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) can provide immediate benefits to skin condition, and may contribute to long-term organ health and function.
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For additional information on most common male organ health issues, tips on improving male organ sensitivity, and what to do to maintain a healthy male organ, visit www.man1health.com. 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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