Information on penis medical conditions
Chordee -- downward curve of the penis
Circumcision -- which deforms the penis and causes other health problems,
Cloacal Exstrophy --
Being born without a penis and would you
believe that when this happens, boys are often surgically reassigned as girls,
Epispadias -- urethra opening is on the top or side of the penis,
rather than the tip
A common problem for many men is erectile dysfunction,
where for some reason a man cannot have or maintain an
erection for sufficient time to be effective.
Hypospadias -- urethra opening is on the underside of the penis,
rather than at the tip
Impotence is the
inability of a man either to have an erection or to keep the penis
erect long enough to have sexual intercourse. This is a common
problem affecting as many as 10 million men in the United States. By
the time most men are 40 they have already experienced impotence at
some time in their lives.
When just a
single incident occurs, the best thing to do is forget about it.
Problems arise when this difficulty starts occurring regularly.
According to an
article published in early 1993 (review: Morley, 1993),
approximately 10 million men in the U.S.
have problems with impotence.
with repeated impotence tend to be middle-aged and older, with such
a condition most common in men 60 years of age and older. Regardless
of the age, however, many men who have this problem can be treated
result from a wide variety of problems. As with any other ailment,
when a person begins having this problem repeatedly, he needs to see
a doctor. The doctor will want to rule out the possibility of
disease, injury, or side effects from medicine.
cardiovascular problems, diabetes, injuries to the spinal column,
and side effects from high blood pressure medicine are among the
physical conditions that can lead to impotence. An erection occurs
when the nervous system activates a rapid increase in blood flow.
The vascular muscle in the spongy area becomes engorged with blood
and outflow of blood is cutoff. Erection can be elicited by the
so-called reflex erection as we see in spinal cord patients, or can
be caused by psychogenic stimulation. Numerous sexual stimuli are
processed by the brain and transmitted to the penis via the nervous
system. In order to get an erection, the blood flow must increase
and, at the same time, the blood has to be prevented from leaving