One of the key aspects that has defined man throughout history is gender. This is most often identified by the outward symbol of masculinity —
Our collective fascination with the male organ is representative of humanity’s curiosity about all aspects of life.
Scroll down to learn more about the penis. What is the anatomy of the penis and how does the penis work? How do we get pleasure from the penis? What does a penis look like? What are some of the more common penis problems? What is penis enhancement? And much more!
- The penis is the external male sexual organ.
- The shaft of the penis is made up of three columns of tissue – two columns of corpus cavernosa on either side of the shaft and one column of corpus spongiosum between the cavernosa columns.
- The penis has two bodily functions — to expel liquid waste (urine) from the body and to facilitate sexual reproduction.
- The penis, historically, has been considered a sign of masculinty.
- There are ways you can make your penis larger, harder and increase your stamina in the bedroom.
PENIS ANATOMY & FUNCTIONALITY
The Inner Anatomy of the Penis Shaft
The shaft of the penis is made up of three columns of erectile tissue:
- 2 Corpus cavernosacolumns on either side of the shaft. These contain erectile tissue and are each covered by the tunica albuginea. The tunica is a relatively inelastic, dense sheath of fibrous connective tissues. The deep dorsal arteries (also known as cavernous arteries), running through the center of both cavernosa, supply blood flow to the corpus cavernosa.
- 1 Corpus spongiosum column between the cavernosa. This is the spongy cylinder of tissue that surrounds the urethra. It too is covered by tunica albuginea. This tunica, however, is much thinner and more elastic than the tunica sheathing the two corpus cavernosa. This allows the spongiosum to distend when ejaculate passes through the urethra.
All three columns contain arteries, nerves, muscle fibers, and venous cavities. These three columns are enveloped in fascial layers of tissue and surrounded by nerves, blood vessels and lymphatics. These form a singular cylindrical shaft, which is covered by skin.
As mentioned, the three chambers in the penis shaft are surrounded by fascial tissue, including the Buck fascia and the Colles fascia.
- The Buck’s Fascia - also known as Gallaudet’s fascia, Buck’s fascia is a strong, fascial layer immediately above the tunica albuginea. It covers all three corpus cylinders within the penis shaft. The penis’s deep dorsal vein is within the Buck’s fascia.
- The Colles’ Fascia – extends from the perineal membrane. Also known as the perineal fascia, the Colles’ fasica binds down the muscles at the penis’s root. Although this membrane runs along the inferior side side of the penis shaft, it does not cover the scrotum.
- The Dartos Fascia – is a fat-free fascial layer that extends to cover the testicles. It’s an extension of the subcutaneous tissue in the abdominal wall known as the Camper’s fascia and extends into the scrotum. The wrinkly appearance of the scrotum is due to the dartos fascia.
The Penis Glans
At the end of the penis shaft is the penis glans – the tip of the penis.
- The Glans – The glans covers the tips of the corpus cavernosa, protecting them from impact. The slit-like urethral opening is positioned slightly on the under side of the glans. The edge of the glans is positioned slightly overhanging the penis’s shaft. This forms the ridge of the glans, known as the corona.
The scrotum is the external sack of skin hanging just behind and below the penis. Although technically not the penis, it’s critical to the functionality of the penis, so we’re going to discuss it briefly. Here are some details about the anatomy of the scrotum.
- The scrotum is divided into two chambers, and each chamber holds a testicle, which are the two glands that produce sperm.
- Each testicle is covered by the tunica albuginea and also the tunica vaginalis.
- Seminiferous tubules run throughout the testes and are involved in the making of sperm.
- The vas deferens (also known as the ductus deferens) carries the sperm from the testicles to the erectile ducts, where it awaits ejaculation.
- The skin of the scrotum is a continuation of the skin from the lower abdomen.
- As noted earlier, it’s the dartos fascia that gives the skin of the scrotum the wrinkly appearance.
- The scrotal skin has more pigment than the rest of the pelvic region and contains numerous oil-producing (sebaceous) glands.
The penile skin covers the penis and continues from the lower abdominal wall. It is smooth and hairless from the glans, down the shaft, toward the scrotum.
- Foreskin – The foreskin (also known as the prepuce) is created as the penile skin folds in on itself at the corona and overlies the glans. This skin, as a boy ages, becomes retractable over the glans and naturally retracts when the penis becomes erect. When a male is circumcised, the foreskin is removed, permanently revealing the glans.
How Does the Penis Work?
As mentioned earlier, the penis has two primary jobs —
- Expelling liquid waste (urine), and
- Facilitating reproduction during intercourse.
The urethra runs through the penis, past the prostate gland, to the bladder, through the corpus spongiosum. The external sphincter muscle is located at the penis root. This muscle tissue is under voluntary control, in healthy males. When it’s relaxed, urine is allowed to pass from the bladder, through the upper urethra and through the penis.
Reproduction/procreation is the other primary function of the penis. From erection through ejaculation, the penis, although also a source of pleasure, was designed to facilitate reproduction.
An erection of the penis happens during sexual arousal (and occasionally during non-sexual situations). The physiological process is:
- Artery Dilation – An erection begins with the dilation of the arteries that supply blood to the penis.
- Corpus Chambers Fill – The three chambers of the penis (the two corpus cavernosa and the corpus spongiosum) begin to fill with blood.
- Growth and Stiffening – The spongy tissue in the three chambers expand, which causes the penis to get longer, increase in girth and grow stiffen.
- Vein Compression – The blood-engorged tissues press against the veins that allow blood to flow out of the penis. This compresses them and restricts the blood coming in from leaving.
Following is a series of images showing the progression of an erection. This includes the natural retraction of the foreskin, as the penis elongates. Mouse over the blurred image, to see the full photo.
The angle of erections vary greatly, depending on the man. From:
- Pointing straight up and parallel with the abdomen (0 degrees), to
- Pointing straight out and perpendicular from the body (90 degrees), to
- Pointing straight down (180 degrees) and everything in between.
The most common erection angle ranges between 30 and 85 degrees, with approximately 61 percent of men having erections are within this range.
Ejaculation occurs when the penis expels semen, which often is accompanied by an orgasm. Ejaculation is a four-stage process.
- Stage 1: Sexual Stimulation – The erection begins with stimulation, which is often, but not always, sexual.
- Stage 2: Emission Phase – The sympathetic nervous system controls the ejaculatory reflex. The vas deferens transport sperm from the testes and contract to move the sperm to the back of the urethra.
- Stage 3: Ejaculatory Phase – When stimulation reaches a critical level, the urethra senses the semen in it. Chemical messages are sent via the nerves in the penis, to the spinal cord and the brain, triggering messages to be sent to the muscles at the penis’s base, causing it to contract about once every .8 seconds, to force the semen out – ejaculation.
- Stage 4: Refractory Period – This is the time period (which can last up to 30 minutes) after ejaculation, when a man’s body is recuperating from the orgasm. The penis doesn’t respond to stimulation during this period.
Being able to control when you ejaculate is key to your sexual stamina. Please read our article – How to Increase Sexual Stamina & Last Longer in Bed – for more details on improving your ability to control ejaculation.
If you’re concerned about premature ejaculation, our article Premature Ejaculation can help.
The penis comes in all shapes and sizes, just like every other part of the human body. Mouse over the images below, to see a sample of just a small variety.
PENISES AND MASCULINITY
The penis and masculinity have been inextricably linked since time immemorial. From cave drawings to fertility gods in ancient Japanese “pillow books” (ancient erotica) with men depicted with large penises, one thing is clear —
Mankind has always been fascinated by the penis.
For the most part, bigger has always been thought of as better. Penis size has always been considered to be a outer representation of a man’s virility, his power, and his masculinity. Egyptian obelisks were built to honor the sun god Ra’s penis. During the Ottoman Empire, the Turks publicly compared their superior penis size to the penises of defeated Arab leaders. During the Renaissance, European men were so obsessed with penis size, they often wore a codpiece, to make their package look bigger under their clothing.
The Exception to the ‘Bigger is Better’ Rule
There were some cultures who actually prized smaller penises — the Greeks and the Hindus. Ancient Hindus favored what today we would call micropenises — penises between 2 and 3 inches. Larger penises were shunned and believed to be comparable to beasts. Ancient Greeks also preferred smaller penises, as can be seen in much of their artwork of the period. In fact, Aristotle theorized a smaller penis was a more virile penis, since the semen wouldn’t have as far to travel during ejaculation.
Penis & Masculinity Today
In today’s society of excess, it’s not surprising that bigger is still often thought of as better. From David Beckham’s impressive bulge in his mainstream H&M underwear ads to the well-endowed porn stars, larger penises are constantly being depicted. Even many our modern buildings are still phallic-shaped. These include buildings like:
- The Empire State Building, in New York City – Completed in 1931, this 102-story famous landmark was the tallest building (and tallest phallic structure), in the world, for just over four decades years.
- The Oriental Pearl TV Tower, in Shanghai, China – Completed in 1994, the Oriental Pearl TV tower is still the world’s third largest TV and radio tower in the world, and the largest building of its kind in Asia.
- The State Capitol building of Lincoln, Nebraska – Completed in 1932, this 15-story building is known as “the Phallus of the Plains” because of its penis-like shape.
- 30 St. Mary Axe in London – Completed in 2004, this environmentally sustainable building is nicknamed the “Gherkin.” It also has been awarded the title – “Best Uncircumcised Building in the World,” by Cabinet magazine.
- Ypsilanti Water Tower, in Ypsilanti, Michigan – Completed in 1890, this water tower lovingly nicknamed “Big Dick” was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.
- The Christian Science Church, in Dixon, Illinois – Although the church insists the building’s design was meant to accommodate an existing old-growth oak tree on the property, anyone flying over the building will agree, it looks like a penis from above.
- The soon-to-be-completed People’s Daily Tower, in China – Scheduled for completion in 2014, the new People’s Daily Tower will be the new headquarters for the national People’s Daily newspaper. The Chinese government was not happy about the jokes being made about their building’s shape; however, perhaps, they shouldn’t have designed it to look like a giant penis.
Clearly, our culture is still fascinated by really large penises.
AVERAGE PENIS SIZE
Although there’s no one agreed upon “average penis size” globally, in America, many would agree the average penis size is about 5.1 inches. Many factors, however, can come into play when trying to determine what is average.
- Geographic Differences – There are significant differences in penis size, depending on your nationality. Asian men, statistically, have smaller penises, on average. Men from Africa and South America have, on average, larger penises. (See the map below.)
- Growers vs. Showers – Some men are ‘growers’ and gain a significant amount of length when going from flaccid to erect. Other men are ‘showers’ and don’t gain that much length when they become erect.
- Inaccurate Measuring – Inaccurate measuring often skews penis size comparisons. Pressing a ruler into the fat pad of the pubic region is the only way to get an accurate measurement. Check out our video on measuring BPEL, for a demonstration.
- Obesity – As men gain weight, the pubic fat bad enlarges. For every 30 pounds of weight gain, 1/4″ of your penis is hidden by this fat pad. Therefore, if you’re overweight, you may hiding some of your penis.
Although the platitude, “It’s not the size of the wave but the motion of the ocean” is true, to a significant extent, penis size is linked to desirability. Scientific studies have been shown that, all things being equal physically, and with no other information about the male, women often initially prefer a man with a larger penis. Additionally, a man with a smaller penis may feel a lack of confidence both in and out of the bedroom. With confidence being a trait many women value in a mate, it’s not surprising that this also has an effect on their attractiveness.
To learn more about penis size, visit our page — Do I Have a Small Penis? What to Do, if You Do.
Man Vs. Animal – Penis Size
Just to put penis size into perspective, let’s take a quick look at the average penis size of some animals.
- The Blue Whale – With the largest average penis size of all animals on Earth, the Blue Whale is truly the big daddy. It’s average penis size ranges between 8 and 10 feet long! This is approximately 1/10th it’s body length.
- The African Elephant – The African Elephant is one of the most well-endowed animals on the planet, in relation to it’s body size. With a penis size averaging 6 feet 5 inches long, that’s 1/4th of it’s body length.
- The Argentine Blue-Billed Duck – Would you believe me if I told you there was a duck with a bigger penis than yours? Well, there is! The Argentine Blue-Billed Duck has a 17-inch long, corkscrewed penis. This is twice as long as it’s body length! That would be like you having a 12-foot long penis.
TOP PENIS MYTHS
Where the penis is concerned, myths abound! Here are our top favorites.
- The Foot Size/Penis Size Relationship – You know what they say about guys with big feet… big shoes! Regretfully, there have been no scientific studies proving a relationship between shoe size and penis size. In addition, there is also no correlation between a man’s height and his penis size.
- The Adam’s Apple/Penis Size Relationship – Some believe that a man with a more prominent Adam’s apple must mean they’re also have a more prominent penis. Nope, your Adam’s apple prominence, this size of your ears and how large your nose is are not indicators of penis size.
- Ejaculation Volume – The myth that men ejaculate mass volumes of semen is perpetuated by the pornography industry and their infamous ‘money shots.’ They actually makes fake semen for pornographic ‘special effects.’ In reality, the average man only ejaculates about one teaspoon of semen when he orgasms.
THE PENIS ACROSS LIFE
As you age, your penis changes, as does your sexual function. Testosterone typically declines with age, which means it will take more to get aroused and longer to achieve orgasm. The refractory period also takes longer, as men age. An increased incidence of erectile dysfunction is coupled with a decline in urinary function, due to a weakened bladder and sometimes prostate enlargement. However, beyond these functional changes, the penis itself changes as a man ages.
Changes in Penis Appearance with Age
There are two primary changes in penis appearance as a man gets older.
- Glans Coloring – As men age, the glans of the penis begins to lose the purplish color. This is due to a reduced blood flow to the penis.
- Pubic Hair – Men also lose pubic hair as they age, because of the reduced amount of testosterone in the body.
Changes in Penis Size with Age
One of the more disturbing changes in the penis, as a man ages, is in size. This reduced size may be a perceived reduction, or an actual shrinkage due to age.
- Perceived Penis Shrinkage – is typically due to the accumulation of fat. As we noted earlier, more body fat means more fat on the fat pad of the pubic area, which can hide some of your penis’s length.
- Actual Penis Shrinkage – does happen, as a man ages. It’s common for a man to lose both length and girth. This is due to a reduced blood flow to the penis, due to atherosclerosis — fatty deposits (plaques) inside the arteries in the penis.
CULTURAL CONCEPTIONS OF THE PENIS THROUGHOUT HISTORY
The penis has had a role across history. As noted earlier, the penis goes far beyond just another part of the anatomy or even a tool for reproduction. The penis has been a symbol of masculinity – or power. As such, it’s not a big surprise that throughout history, conceptions of the penis have been represented in culture, most often in works of art. Here is just a small sampling:
There are three main areas for improving your penis. These are:
- Hardness – Increased hardness involves improving the firmness of your erection. View our article – How to Get a Harder Penis – to learn more about having harder erections.
- Stamina – Improving your stamina means lasting longer during sex. This concept centers on controlling when you ejaculate. Please read our article – How to Increase Sexual Stamina and Last Longer in Bed – for more details on how to increase your stamina.
- Size – Improving your penis size is enlarging your penis’s length and/or girth. The basic principle of enlargement through exercise is based on the same principle used by bodybuilders – through the creation of microtears, to facilitate new cellular growth. Review our article – Penis Enlargement 101 – for more information on enlarging your penis.
These improvements can be made through a variety of ways –
- Penis Exercises – Exercises are a natural form of penis improvement and can be performed manually or with the aid of exercise equipment. When performed properly and consistently, penis exercises are both safe and very effective. Read our article – Penis Exercising 101 – How Penis Exercises work and How They Can Work for You - for more details on exercises.
- Penis Surgery – Penis surgery can be both expensive and dangerous. However, for some, especially those with a medical condition. To read more about penis surgery for enlargement, please visit our article – Insider’s Guide to Penis Enlargement Surgery.
- Penis Supplements – Penis supplements are herbal remedies available over-the-counter. They are most often used in conjunction with penis exercise, to maximize efficacy.
In all areas of life, sometimes the advice and guidance of an expert can help you make improvements and reach goals that you would not be able to do as easily otherwise. The same is true for penis coaches. A penis coach will help you:
- Learn how to safely and effectively reach your male enhancement goals – penis enlargement, increased hardness, improved sexual stamina, etc.
- Keep you motivated to continue with your program.
- Keep you apprised of the latest male enhancement advancements.
HOW TO MAKE THE PENIS LOOK SEXY
Although it can be argued that all penises are sexy, there are things you can do to enhance their physical appearance. There are two primary ways to make your penis look its very best — manscaping and lubricants for skin tone.
Manscaping is the trimming, waxing or shaving of hair from the male body. For decades, swimmers, bodybuilders and other ‘hair conscious’ men have used manscaping on their torso, backs, legs, and arms. However, manscaping of the pubic region is a relatively new cultural practice, becoming more popular over the last generation.
Just as you trim the hair on your head to look good, keeping your pubic hair can also improve the aesthetic appeal of your privates. The saying —
Trim the bush to make the tree look bigger.
— is true. An out-of-control mass of pubic hair can hide much of your penis.Keeping it trimmed, will make your penis look larger.
Now, how far you go with this manscaping is a personal preference. From just tidying up what nature gave you to shaving completely including the scrotum, the style is up to you. In addition to enhancing the look of your penis, less pubic hair means less area for odor-causing bacteria to flourish.
Lubricants for Skin Condition
Dry penile skin can be both painful and unsightly. You can prevent this with a good quality lubricant, with moisturizing properties. Never use soap, shampoo, or heavily scented oils on your penis, as it can cause irritation, redness, and dry, flaky skin.
THE SCARY PENIS
It’s not all fun and games when it comes to the penis. There are scary things that can happen. Thankfully, most of them are preventable.
The Scariest Penis STDs
There are numerous STDs that can affect the penis. If you suspect you or your partner has an STD, seek out medical attention immediately. Following are some of the more common STDs that directly affect the penis. Mouse over the blurred image, to the right, to see the full photo.
- Balanitis – This is a yeast infection that affects the tip of a man’s penis. Symptoms include an itching and/or burning of the glans and foreskin, as well as a red rash. Treatment includes the use of an antifungal cream and ensure the penis and foreskin are kept clean.
- Chancroid – This is a bacterial infection that can result in sores on the penis, as well as the anus, mouth, throat, tongue, lips, or vagina. It is spread through direct or indirect contact with a sore and is treated with antibiotics.
- Chlamydia – Another bacterial infection, this is caused by the pathogen Chlamydia trachomatis and affects genitals of both men and women, as well as the eyes, throat and rectum. Passed via sexual activity, half of infected infected men don’t have any symptoms at all. Those who do experience: a white, watery discharge from the penis, painful burning when urinating, and testicular swelling and pain.
- Crabs – Crabs are pubic lice – tiny parasites that live off human blood. They are extremely contagious, but can most often be treated with over-the-counter medications.
- Genital Warts – Caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), genital warts often look like small, flesh-colored, cauliflower florets. They are often painless, but may itch. For men, they are found on penis as well as the anus, and can even be found in the throat or the mouth. They are transmitted through skin-to-skin contact.
- Gonorrhea – Nicknamed ‘the clap,’ gonorrhea spreads through semen and vaginal fluids. In addition to infecting the penis, it can also infect the rectum, throat, eyes, blood, skin, and joints. Symptoms include: a thick white, yellow or green discharge from the penis, testicle and prostate inflammation, anal discharge or irritation, and painful burning or itching during urination.
- Herpes – Herpes is contracted through contact with sores or blisters. Herpes can be prevented with the use of a condom, during sex. However, oral contact with a sore can also spread the disease.
- Scabies – Scabies are a mite parasite that burrow under the skin to lay their eggs. Symptoms include a bump-like rash, where the eggs have been laid, on the penis, as well as between the fingers, on buttocks, wrists, thighs, or around the navel. Treatment includes application of an over-the-counter lice medication from the neck down.
- Syphilis – Syphilis is spread through sexual content. Symptoms begin with sore or open ulcers on the penis or anus. A rash may then spread across the entire body.
Can you really “break your penis?” Yes, you can! It’s not just something out of an episode of Grey’s Anatomy - even though there are no bones in the penis, you really can break your penis.
What is a Broken Penis?
Medically known as a penile fracture, this injury typically occurs during sex when, during an erection, the penis is severely bent. This is usually the result of the penis hitting something solid, such as the perineum, and bending sharply.
The tunica albuginea (the membrane around the corpora cavernosa) tears. With this tear, the blood that is normally confined in the corpora cavernosa leaks into the other tissues, causing both swelling and bruising, as well as a loss of an erection. A penile fracture is usually accompanied by a popping sound and severe penis pain.
How Do You Treat a Broken Penis?
To treat a broken penis, typically:
- The man is placed under general anesthesia
- One or more incisions are made in the penis.
- The tear is found and repaired with sutures and the incisions are closed.
Sometimes the tear can be quite extensive, spanning half of the girth of the penis. They can require up to 10 stitches. This is an outpatient surgery, but can take approximately an hour to complete. Most men can resume sexual activities after about a month of healing.
What Happens if You Don’t Treat a Broken Penis?
If you don’t get medical attention for your torn tunica albuginea, you can have problems in the future. If left unrepaired, the tears can develop scar tissue. This scar tissue can result in erectile dysfunction and severe curvature of the penis. For this reason, if you feel you may have suffered a penile fracture, seek medical attention immediately.
Castration is any method used so a male loses the biological use of his testes.This can include orchiectomy, which is the surgical removal of either or both of the testes, and in some extreme cases, the removal of all male genitalia. Whether castration is performed surgically or chemically (through the regular injections of anti-androgens), the result is the same — sterilization of the man, which has two effects:
- The inability to reproduce, and
- The reduction in the production of hormones, including testosterone.
Castration has been a practice for thousands of years – both socially and religiously, especially in South Asian, East Asian and African cultures. In ancient history, some armies castrated their captives of the corpses of their foes to seize their ‘power’ and celebrate their victory. Castrated men (eunuchs) were also often a special social class, holding special positions within palace staff.
Castration as a form of punishment has also been used for centuries. During the Middle Ages, when a prisoner was “drawn and quartered” this often included emasculating him by castration. Today, chemical castration is still used in criminal cases sentencing in nine US states, and several other countries.
Here are a list of our Top 10 penis nicknames. Check out our article – Top 100 Penis Nicknames – for more fun names for our favorite body part.
- Cock-a-saurus Rex
- He who must be obeyed
- Mr. Happy
- One-eyed trouser trout
- Sergeant Stiffy
- Wally the one-eyed wonder wiener
- Zipper ripper
DRUGS FOR THE PENIS
There are a number of prescription drugs available for the penis. These typically are used as treatment for erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and penis curvature.
Drugs for Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, is the condition when a man is not able to maintain an erection for penetrative sex. There are five approved prescription medications for the treatment of ED. These include:
- Sildenafil (Brand name: Viagra)
- Tadalafil (Brand name: Cialis)
- Vardenafil (Brand names: Levitra and Staxyn)
- Avanafil (Brand name: Stendra)
All five of these medications work by increasing the amount of blood flowing into the penis to facilitate an erection. Those who have an irregular heart rate, have high or low blood pressure or have had a heart attack or stroke, within the last 6 months, may not be suited for these medications.
Drugs for Premature Ejaculation
No drugs have been specifically approved by the FDA, for the treatment of premature ejaculation. However, there are medications used to treat other conditions that have delayed orgasm as a side effect, and have been used for those suffering from premature ejaculation. These are, most often, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, used in the treatment of depression. Some tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) also have SSRI-like effects.
SSRIs useful for treating premature ejaculation include the following:
- Sertraline (brand name: Zoloft)
- Paroxetine (brand name: Paxil)
- Fluoxetine (brand name: Prozac)
- Citalopram (brand name: Celexa)
- Dapoxetine (brand name: Priligy)
Drugs for Penis Curvature
There is one prescription medication approved by the FDA to treat Peyronie’s Disease (penis curvature). Collagenase clostridium histolyticum, brand name Xiaflex, was approved in late 2013 and gives men an additional treatment option for this debilitating condition.
Xiaflex is administered through a maximum of four treatment cycles. Each cycle consists of two injections. Xiaflex is not to be used if the Peyronie’s plaque to be treated involves the urethra.
For ages, men have modified their penis. Modifications include: penis tattoos, piercings, and other cultural/ritual modifications.
Penis tattoos certainly aren’t the normal request tattoo artists get. In fact, not all artists will tattoo a penis. For those that do, the cost of the tattoo may be more than normal, due to the sensitive nature of the body part. But it is a modification undertaken by some men. It may be a act of rebellion, or simply part of an overall body modification scheme. Either way, below are a sampling of some of our favorite penis tattoo photos. Penis Piercings
Like tattoos, piercings have been a cultural practice for generations; however, it is only recently that piercing the penis has become more prevalent. The Prince Albert (piercing of the genitals) was popularized in the 1970s by West Hollywood body piercers – Jim Ward, Doug Malloy, and Fakir Musafar. Piercings, as you’ll see below, can be as unique as tattoos.
PENISES IN PORNOGRAPHY
Following are the top five penises in pornography:
Masturbation is the act of self-pleasuring the genitals, typically to the point of orgasm. It can be done with or without the help of sexual aids. It’s one of those things in life where nearly everyone does it, but no one wants to admit to it. Despite denials of ‘going solo,’ here are some statistics from one national study:
- 95% of men have masturbated at some point in their life.
- 89% of women have masturbated at some point in their life.
Why do We Masturbate?
One of the most obvious reasons we masturbate is — It feels good!Humans are designed to repeat behaviors that produce pleasure. As with intercourse, masturbation releases the feel good endorphins our brains crave. For this reason, it’s not surprising so many of us do it.
Beyond pleasure, masturbation can help release built-up sexual tension. This is especially true for people without sexual partners or those whose partners are abstaining from sex. Masturbation is also a means of avoiding the risks of intercourse, including the possibility of pregnancy or transmission of STDs.
Lastly, masturbation can be a tool used by men to help with sexual dysfunction, and is sometimes prescribed by therapists. It can help desensitize the man to sexual pleasure, especially when premature ejaculation is an issue. For those who don’t suffer from real premature ejaculation, but would like to increase their sexual stamina, masturbation can also be helpful, when performed correctly.
Dangers of Masturbation
For the most part, medical professionals consider masturbation to be not only harmless, but also perfectly natural – for both men and women. When performed in moderation, it is thought to be part of normal sexual behavior. In fact, sexual experts believe masturbation to actually be helpful, as it allows you to explore your own body and what pleases you, so you can better communicate this with your partner.
Of course, when masturbation detracts from your relationship with your partner, this can be harmful. Also, if masturbation is always done to get to orgasm as quickly as possible, this too can lead to problems, particularly premature ejaculation.