Men’s Sexual Health

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Food For Thought…Or Better Sex

A recent article in the men’s health section of MSNBC.com highlights what foods can help boost your libido/sexual health. While it’s commonly thought that some foods such as oysters, coffee, and chocolate can help boost your libido, but did you know that some can actually increase your sexual health? Here’s the breakdown:

-Healthy sperm calls for green vegetables, high in vitamin B

-For a stronger libido, look for zinc (naturally found in oysters, red meat, peanuts, cashews, and pumpkin seeds)

-For a long-lasting erection, head for the fish with the most L-Arginine, an amino acid often found in foods with high amounts of Omega-3 (fish, free-range game, walnuts, and sesame seeds)

Hungry, anyone?  

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Making Health Promotion Sexy

If my personal experience is any indication, there’s a good chance that the last time you saw a health promotion campaign on TV or on a billboard, it left a sour taste in your mouth. Too many campaigns seems to rely on fear, guilt, and shame to make their point. There’s a great deal of debate in the field of Public Health about fear-based health promotion. Some think a little fear goes a long way in motivating people to make healthy decisions, but others (like myself) think that there are other, better ways of teaching – especially when it comes to sexual health. Most people have enough anxiety around sex to begin with, and more fear doesn’t necessarily equal more conscientiousness. Continue Reading →

Is Mary Jane Making You Impotent?

Though smoking weed is most commonly associated with a boost in libido, this article discusses recent research conducted at the University of Ottawa and Queen’s University in Canada that suggests a link between marijuana usage and male impotence (a falling-out-of-fashion term for erectile dysfunction). Past research on the effects of marijuana on sexual performance has been fairly contradictory. Continue Reading →

Older Men Taking Medication For ED More Likely To Contract STIs

STIs are not ageist (or sexist, racist, or any other kind of -ist)! Although the actual percentage of older men with STIs pales in comparison to that of their younger counterparts, the rate of increase is significant. According to a study of Medicare and other medical data conducted by sociologists at Harvard University, “between 2005 and 2009 the rate for syphilis in [older] men… went from 1.9 per 100,000 people in 2005 to 2.9 per 100,000 in 2009…chlamydia rate went from 8 per 100,000 to 11 per 100,000 during the same period.” Continue Reading →

Men Allergic To Their Own Semen?

It’s been pretty common knowledge for a while now that some women are allergic to their partners sperm, but new research suggests that men can actually have sperm allergies as well. The condition is known as POIS (post-orgasmic illness syndrome) and was seen in 88% of the test subjects in Marcel Waldinger’s recent experiment to determine whether or not the condition was psychosomatic. According to the article, as soon as the men ejaculated they began to feel flu-like symptoms, such as fever, itchy eyes, and a runny nose. Additionally, they tested positive to an allergy test, confirming that the condition is not psycho-somatic. There may be an effective treatment, however. Continue Reading →

“Too Gay To Give”: Are Blood Donation Restrictions Outdated?

As of late, there have been numerous blood drives taking place on IU’s campus – attempting to peak students’ interest in donating blood. The Red Cross buses have been parked outside of popular buildings on campus – with signs littered about campus and chalk on the sidewalks leading towards their location – in hopes of attracting new donors. Yet this emergence of visibility has not just peaked the students’ interest in donating blood, it has helped raise awareness surrounding the discriminatory restrictions that the FDA has placed on gay mens’ ability to donate. Continue Reading →

What’s Worth More, Your Hair or Your Sexual Health?

According to a recent article from the BBC Newsbeat, the common drug for male baldness, finasteride, also known as Propecia, may cause serious sexual side affects. The pill is extremely effective, boasting successful clinical trials in which “nine out of 10 men didn’t lose any more hair over a five year period”. However, many men have suffered severe erectile dysfunction as a result of taking Propecia. Although the label mentions the possibility of difficulty getting an erection, it suggests that these symptoms would cease once the medication was no longer being taken. A recent review article in the Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests that while this may typically be true, a subset of men may experience longer lasting sexual problems. Continue Reading →

Sex Trivia #2: An Average Sized Penis is Not as Big as You Think

Many people (wrongly)  believe that an average sized erect penis is 7 or more inches. No, no, no!, I want to say, and often do. Most studies of erect penis length come in with average sizes in the 5 to 6 inch range. A 2006 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine examined data from two studies and found that the average erect length of the penis was 5.3 inches long. So, don’t let all those sneaky penis enlargement emails fool you, as they’re the ones often claiming that the average penis size is much larger (sneaky, because then it makes lots of men feel small). Continue Reading →

Linking Fellatio and Cancer Risk: Sex Science Or Satire?

This “study” claims to have found that heterosexual men fellated by gay men had a lower risk of prostate and testicular cancer… or did they? Follow the link for an entertaining, but untrue, account of this research. Some people, when coming across the study, spread it across the internet as it if were true. Some clues to the study’s phoniness include the head researcher’s claim to be a test subject himself, the made-up term “innate body resonance,” and the study’s tangled sense of causality–not to mention how difficult it would be to get a university board to approve and then fund the study! (Or how difficult or unethical it would be to recruit a bunch of men to receive oral sex from other men who may be strangers to them.) These are just a few things to keep in mind if you want to critically read and evaluate the claims of sex research for yourself. Continue Reading →