Penile Discharge – Should I be Worried?

Warning: this article includes graphic image some readers may find disturbing. Abnormal discharge from the penis is something that many men are terrified of. Unlike women, men do not normally have spontaneous discharge from the genitals. So when this happens, men naturally get extremely anxious and paranoid. Almost always, they would relate this to diseases they are most terrified of such as HIV and cancer. “Do I have HIV?”, “Do I have cancer?”, “What should I do?”, “Is it curable?”, “Where did I get this...

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Video on Causes and Treatments of Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction: Causes and Treatments Impotence or Erectile Dysfunction (ED) affects people from all walks of life. It does not only affect the man, but also their partners. Erectile dysfunction is the inability to maintain an erection firm enough to perform sexual intercourse. There are many causes including psychological factors such as stress and anxiety, chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure and diabetes, poor lifestyle such as smoking and lack of exercise, certain medications, as well as hormone imbalance like low...

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Male sub/infertility

Male subfertility/infertility. Having children can be a wonderful experience but often, getting pregnant can be a source of anxiety and stress for many couples. Even in perfectly healthy couples the chance of successful pregnancy in any given month is about 15-25%. So, many months of trying may be necessary to be successful. If there are factors affecting fertility (in either partner) then this chance drops. Here I will consider the male side of infertility. Male infertility is considered to be responsible for 20% of cases of infertility in...

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Prostate Enlargement / Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy/hyperplasia (BPH)

What does the prostate do? The main function of the prostate is to secrete an alkali fluid that makes up a large proportion of semen. This alkalinity aims to combat normal acidity within the vagina so as to protect sperm and allow fertilisation. What is it? BPH is enlargement of the prostate gland which invariably will happen to all men by a certain age. 50% of men will demonstrate signs and symptoms of BPH by age 60 and jumps to 95% by age 85. It is not associated with cancer, which itself is a completely separate topic. Since the urethra...

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Men’s Human papillomavirus (HPV) testing

For a long time, there has been no established HPV tests for men. However, recently there has been growing evidence that the new HPV tests can be used for screening in men. To understand Human papillomavirus (HPV) testing, we must first appreciate the fact that HPV lives inside our skin and mucosal cells. It is not found in the blood. In other words, we need to take skin or mucosal cells, crack them open, then use DNA testing methods to find the virus inside. In other words, we can only test for HPV in very specific areas. There is no...

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Laser Treatment for Pearly Penile Papules (PPPs)

Pearly Penile Papules are common, benign growths on the head of the penis. These are small skin colored bumps on the neck of the penis. It usually goes all the way round and you may even see several rows of them. They are smooth, glistening and dome shaped. Once they occur, they will not go away but may become less noticeable with time. It occurs more frequently in uncircumcised men. They are completely harmless. PPPs are frequently mistaken for an STD like Warts or Molluscum. But the fact is they are NOT due to an STD or any infections. They...

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