One non-pharmacologic remedy for erectile dysfunction is the penile vacuum tumescence pump or "penis pump." This device is sold in pharmacies and by prescription from your doctor. The pump is a cylindrical tube that is closed at one end. A pumping device, sometimes similar to the pump of a blood pressure cuff, is attached to the cylinder. The tube is placed over the penis and held firmly to the base of the penis. Pumping the device creates suction within the tube, thus drawing blood into the penis. A constriction band (rubber-band-like ring) is then placed at the base of the penis to prevent the blood from leaving. There are obvious limitations to this treatment option. First, the process does take time and may interrupt the natural sexual interaction between the couple. Most often this device is given to men in stable relationships whose partner has a knowledge and understanding of the man's problem. It does, however, allow the patient, if successful, ...
About once or
twice a month, I see a young male in his late teens or early 20s who come to me
to evaluate a bump or lesion on his penis. Interestingly, many of these men
have sought evaluation before and STILL don't know what they have.
Here are the
most common causes of this symptom:
grouped lesions on the penis that are painful? Think about genital herpes as the cause. These lesions can also occur on the buttocks or anal area. The
initial outbreak may be associated with fever. Herpes is the most common STD in
and most genital lesions in men are herpes.
Have a bump
that looks like a wart or has a cauliflower appearance? You may have genital
warts. Warts are caused by certain strains of human papillomavirus --
different ones than those that cause cervical cancer in women. In most cases,
the warts do not cause symptoms, but occasionally they can burn, itch or be
tender. They can also produce a discharge. The lesions may be tan, pink or
Most men would agree that the penis, though clearly attached, often seems to have a mind of its own. Call it what you like: a unit, trouser worm, or schlong, it's still a strange, disorderly, and frequently disobedient creature. It can be friend or foe, but its inner workings remain a mystery to most of us. To help us understand the "why" behind some of the most maddening and mystifying tricks the penis can play on its would-be master, we sat down with an expert on the family jewels, Vito Imbasciani, Ph.D., M.D. Imbasciani is a urologist with the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Southern California, and he agreed to try to explain some of the penis' most baffling behavior. Zachary Levin: First of all, what causes "post-pee dribble?" VI: With a lot of older guys I see, it's because they're peeing through their zipper, and they're obstructing the urethra. If they'd just open their pants and free Willy a little bit, it wouldn't happen....
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