Men’s Sexual Health

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How Old Is Your Penis?

Although this article is from Fox News (please don’t click the little “x” on this window just yet!), I found what Dr Madeleine Castellanos had to say about the penis and how it ages with a body to be very interesting – and I don’t even have a penis. As everyone knows, certain changes happen to people’s bodies as they age – things start to droop, more lines appear, etc. There are ways to combat many of the age-related changes, and society seems to be especially interested in this. I find reading “Guys, Are You Aging Down There?” to be appealing because so many articles about aging and the body are aimed at women or about women. Continue Reading →

Male Homosexual Behavior In Iran

A recent study suggests that as many as 1 in 3 young Iranian men engage in homosexual acts with other men. It is difficult to get accurate numbers on behavior that is so stigmatized in a given society, but it is still intriguing to note that these behaviors are occurring in Iran, a society that vehemently discourages public displays of gay identities. Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Follow Jeana, the author of this post, @foxyfolklorist. Continue Reading →

Worldwide Sexual Violence Against Men

This 25-minute news story film documents rape and sexual violence that occurs against men, focusing on wartime activities ranging from sexual humiliation, anal penetration, forced masturbation, gang rape, and other scenarios that exemplify the brutal acts that men have used to torture other men. While alternately depressing and infuriating, I recommend the video because it is an illuminating survey of an important current topic (for instance, this happens all over the world–not just in Africa), and it makes the excellent point that while sexual violence against women happens disproportionately more, sexual violence against men is still a significant problem. Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Follow Jeana, the author of this post, @foxyfolklorist. Continue Reading →

Transgender Health- Not Just Limited To Hormones and Surgeries

As most of you who follow my posts know, my parter is a female to male transgender individual. Up until recently, he has continued to see his primary care physician, who is aware of Liv’s transition, but doesn’t specify in transgender health. As Liv is taking steps towards getting top surgery, the issue of transgender healthcare has become a frequent topic of conversation. I recently came across an awesome article in Bay Windows on transgender health. The article is definitely worth a read, but in case you’re short on time, here are some interesting stats:

61 – 64% of transgender people have been physically or sexually assaulted
41% of transgender people have attempted suicide
transgender people are more likely to abuse substances
1 in 5 transgender people have experienced complete refusal of services from healthcare providers

I urge you to read the full article to learn more about the current needs of transgender people in the healthcare world! Continue Reading →

Circumcision: To Snip, Or Not To Snip?

The question many parents ask themselves when they realize they’re having a baby boy: to cut, or not to cut, that is the question. [Well – maybe they don't ask it in Shakespeare-dialect, but you get the picture.]

Yet findings from a recent study may help in swaying some decisions. I recently read an article that was drawing a parallel between circumcision and a lower incidence of penile cancer. Research from the University of Sydney in Australia claims that penile cancer is higher in countries in which circumcision isn’t regularly practiced; and this could be due to the tightness of the foreskin, making it difficult to clean, thus resulting in inflammation (a common cause of penile cancer). According to the piece, another factor attributed to the link between cancer and uncircumcised men is the prevalence of HPV (which has been linked to about half of the uncommonly diagnosed penile cancer). Continue Reading →

A Bra To Improve Your Sexual Health?

According to an article in Fox News Latino, Brazil may impose some new public health policies. Brazilian congress has recently passed a law that would require all bras, underwear, and other forms of lingerie sold in the country to display sexual health messages on the tags. Bra tags would advise people to get regular breast exams, while men’s underwear would encourage middle-aged and older men to get regular prostate exams.

If passed, the law would lead all lingerie companies that don’t include the warnings to possible prosecution. Check out the full article here! Continue Reading →

A Temporary Vasectomy?

One of the best things about blogging for MSP is that my friends and family constantly send me interesting links and articles. This one is from my aunt Gail: an article from Neatorama about an injectable liquid that temporarily renders men infertile. In this procedure, rather than severing the vas deferens as is done in a regular vasectomy, the surgeon would inject the medicine into a man’s body. The procedure “doesn’t block the path of sperm cells exiting the testicles, but renders them inert as they move past. This substance should be removable, thus returning fertility to the patient”. Continue Reading →

Reduce The Risk Of Prostate Cancer…With Tylenol?

According to this Examiner article, longterm use of the popular pain relief drug acetaminophen may be able to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. A recent study including over 78,000 men concluded that those men taking acetaminophen daily for at least 5 years can reduce their chances of prostate cancer by up to 38%. The article also recommends getting regular prostate exams after the age of 40 for African American males and those with a family history of cancer, and after the age of 45 for most other men (not taking into other factors such as diet). For more details, check out the article. And of course if you have any questions about your personal health, please consult with a healthcare provider. Continue Reading →

The Beauty Of Sexual Favors

Ever since graduation (which yes, FINALLY – as of May 7th – I am no longer an undergrad!) I’ve had a lot of time to catch up on one of my favorite guilty pleasures - stocking up and sifting through magazines. So as I am reading through the May 2011 edition of GQ I stumble upon an article that is encouraging couples whose sex lives may be lacking in lust to consider trading sexual favors for random tasks that need to be eliminated off the ‘to-do list’ (think…offering him oral sex if he’ll do the dishes – hence the selected image below). Although this idea of keeping the relationship interesting through sex play such as this is not new by any means – I think openness and creativity are important elements to work into the mix. Not all couples are going to have mind-blowing sex all of the time, and eventually things can become routine – so it’s important to be willing to work with your partner if they’re wanting to try new things. Not only can this concept of using sexual favors be physically satisfying, it can allow you (and your partner) to explore  desires and aspects of your sexuality that normally you may be too bashful to suggest. Continue Reading →

Medicare To Cover STI Testing

According to this article, medicare may begin to cover STI/STD testing for the elderly. This is a great step towards a more inclusive view of sexual health, as the elderly population is often overlooked when it comes to sex. Though it may be hard for some of us to believe, old people get their groove on too and are just as susceptible to sexually transmitted infections! The new coverage would include tests for hepatitis B, syphilis, and some others, and may also include sexual health counseling. Learn about MSP posts as they happen by following us on Twitter @mysexprofessor or make friends with us on Facebook. Continue Reading →