Your penis is an important part of your life. It not only often represents your masculinity, but a healthy penis can enhance your self confidence and your self esteem. Following are six things every man should know about his penis.
- Regular Erections Are Key – If you want to keep your penis in tip-top shape, regular erections are key. Each time you have an erection, blood fills the smooth muscle of the penis, enriching it with oxygen. Performing regular penis exercises that bring the penis out of a flaccid state is a great way to rejuvenate the muscle tissue with a freshly oxygenated blood supply. For men suffering from erectile dysfunction, a penis pump can be used to pull blood into the penis. If you do not have regular erections, the result? A shorter penis!
- Know if You're a Shower or a Grower – Men who have a longer flaccid length, but do not gain as much length when they become erect are referred to as “showers.” Those who have a smaller flaccid length, but grow substantially when they become erect are referred to as “growers.” A study conducted by Alfred Kinsey, famed sex researcher, found that men who had shorter flaccid penises typically gained approximately twice as much length as those men who started off with longer flaccid penises.
- Penis Sensitivity – According to research published in the British Journal of Urology International, The underside of the shaft and the underside of the glans were found to be the most sensitive areas on the penis, by a majority of the 81 respondents. The sensitivity of the penis, though, declines with age. From about 25 years old and on, you start to lose sensitivity along your penis, with the most significant decline happening between the ages of 65 and 75.
- Vibrators Aren't Just for Women – Although traditionally thought of as sexual aids for women, vibrators can be useful for men too. If you're having an issue with delayed ejaculation, a vibrator can help. For men without ejaculation issues, you can also just use a vibrator for fun. There are even cock rings designed to hold a small vibrator for both your pleasure and hers.
- Penis Bacteria – There are 42 different types of bacteria that live on the skin of your penis. However, men who have been circumcised have less bacteria than those who have not. Typically after a circumcision, anaerobic bacteria is no longer present, which is most commonly found in the foreskin.
- Circumcision Isn't as Common as You'd Expect – Although the statistics vary widely by demographics, it is far more common for a man to be uncircumcised than circumcised. Only about 30 percent of men over the age of 14 are circumcised globally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). However, in contrast, nearly all Jewish and Muslim men are circumcised. In fact, these two religions make up approximately 70 percent of all circumcised men around the world. The United States, in general, has a higher than global average number of circumcisions, but this number has dropped significantly in recent years. In 1999, 63 percent of male babies born were circumcised. This number dropped to 54.5 percent in 2009.