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Men's Health > Penis Health > Penis Medical Conditions

Information on penis medical conditions

Chordee -- downward curve of the penis

Circumcision -- which deforms the penis and causes other health problems, read more.

Cloacal Exstrophy -- Being born without a penis and would you believe that when this happens, boys are often surgically reassigned as girls, read more

Epispadias -- urethra opening is on the top or side of the penis, rather than the tip

Erectile Dysfunction

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. Learn more here.

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.

Men afflicted 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 successfully.

Impotence can 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.

For example, 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 the penis.


Sexually transmitted diseases are are common and all require medical treatment. Other infections include:

  • Injuries such as getting the foreskin caught in a zipper and damage from rough sex. Such wounds if kept clean usually heal quickly and seldom need medical attention.

  • Poor hygiene resulting from a tight foreskin or just a lack of hygiene can lead to a build up of harmful bacteria. The result will be discomfort and often a bad odour. Medical attention may be required.


In about 40% of infertile couples, the cause of the infertility lies with the males. There are many reasons for male infertility.

Quick Fact;
It takes approximately 72-90 days to produce mature sperm. Sperm is produced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and there are many factors that can decrease or cease sperm production.

Here are a few:

Volume (mL) 2.0
Sperm Concentration (million/mL) 20
Motility (%) 50
Forward Progression (0-4) 3
Normal Morphology (%) (WHO) 30

Normal Morphology (%) (Strict)


Total Sperm Count (million) 40
Total Motile Sperm (million) 20
Total Functional Sperm (million) 6
  • Illness
  • Excessive Caffeine
  • Excessive Alcohol
    Getting drunk can kill off 90% of all sperm in the testes and it may take 3 months to recover.
  • Stress
  • Street drugs
  • Prescription drugs
  • Some over the counter medications
  • Injury to the testicles
  • Blockage in the Vas Deferens
  • Varicocele
  • Excessive Heat
  • Vitamin Deficiencies

There also natural ways to increase sperm count and quality.

  • Good diet and exercise
  • Good relationship
  • Adequate rest

Normal semen values outlined in the table to your right:
Thanks to Fertilinet for use of information.

Palmatus or webbed penis -- penis is enclosed by the scrotum

Peyronie's disease

Bent penis syndrome or excessive curvature of the penis.  This may be a chronic inflammation of the tunica albuginea (CITA) and it's a connective tissue disorder involving the growth of fibrous plaques in the soft tissue of the penis affecting 5% of men. Specifically, scar tissue forms in the tunica albuginea, the thick sheath of tissue surrounding the corpora cavernosa causing pain, abnormal curvature, erectile dysfunction, indentation, loss of girth and shortening. Treatments are not especially effective although the penis health program holds the most promise..

Premature Ejaculation -- This only becomes a medical condition if it persists, or when it suddenly occurs later in life, read more.

Prostate Problems -- Commonly affected by inflammation and prostate cancer, read more.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases -- can cause sterility along with a host of symptoms from internal bleeding, internal and external irritation, and even death. All STD's are contagious and sexual activity should be terminated until after complete recovery.



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