We think it’s high time someone demystified the male organ. While much is talked about breasts, how many penis facts are you certain of? Popularly Google’d are the usual suspected questions. They include queries on the average size, penis enlargement medicines, premature ejaculation, among others.
But it is not just what meets the eye. So, we give you 10 penis facts that you have always wanted to know, and then some.
1) Your Foot Size & Penis Length Are Not The Same
A myth largely propagated by movies and pop culture, the size of a man’s feet are not indicative of the size of his penis. For years, this unfound theory has been doing the rounds. Multiples studies have disproven it.
2) Penis Enlargement Medicines Do Not Work
The market is full of penis enlargement vacuums, pills, traction devices and lotions, but none of these have enough to support their claims. Penis enlargement can be done through penis augmentation surgery, and even this, has more risks than rewards. You can get penis infections, swelling, and in some cases, erectile dysfunction.
Penis enlargement surgery is only advised as an option for someone with a micro penis (shorter than 3 inches when erect).
3) A Man Can Have Two Penises
Also known as penile duplication or diphallia, multiple cases have been reported where babies are born with two penises. Considered an extremely rare development anomaly, the two penises usually develop between the third and sixth week of gestation. The condition is treated on a case-by-case basis as the impact varies greatly from person to person.
4) You Can Break Your Penis
A fact to support that it is not a muscle, is that, in many cases have been reported about men breaking or fracturing their penis. The tubes in the penis fill up with blood upon arousal. If in this state, the penis receives a damaging blow or forceful impact, the blood spills out of the tubes into the penis. This causes extreme pain and swelling.
5) Morning Wood & Night Time Erections Are Involuntary
Medically known as nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT), morning wood can occur when you wake up at the end of a REM (rapid eye movement) sleep cycle. This is because a man’s testosterone levels are elevated in the morning.
In fact, men can experience erections several times through their sleep without even known it. These night time erections are different from arousal erections. They aren’t caused by sexual dreams and are completely involuntary.
NPT is simply a sign of your penis being in good health. As you get older, episodes of morning wood and night time erections decrease due to the drop in testosterone levels. This also means that if your NPT is rare, it should be because of blood supply and nerve issues in the penis. Deeper underlying conditions include hormonal imbalance, high stress levels, erectile dysfunction, and other problems with the male reproductive organ.
6) You May Have Had Your First Erection Before You Were Born
Foetal erections are real, and many studies have been done around them. Male babies may experience erections even while they’re in the womb, as early as at 16 weeks. They usually occur during REM sleep and are completely involuntary.
7) Dead Wood & Terminal Erections Are Real
Of all the things that can happen to your body after you die, one final erection is among them. The dead wood, or terminal erection (also known as angel lust) is commonly found among men who were hung to death. Death by hanging for capital punishment, or in the cases of suicide and crimes, creates pressure on the cerebellum and spine.
In fact, hanging to death effects both male and female reproductive organs. While the man may have a death erection, women’s labia and clitoris may appear enlarged. In fact, they may even have vaginal bleeding.
8) Penis Is Not A Muscle
Made up by the dorsal nerve, blood vessels, erectile tissue, and connective tissue, the penis is not a muscle. If it was, it wouldn’t be so stiff when erect. When a man is sexually aroused, the blood rushes to his penis causing it to grow and become stiff. This is because the tissues give it a sponge-like makeup, supported by veins, vessels and nerve endings that are sensitive to arousal and help the man climax.
9) Delayed Ejaculation Is More Common Than You Think
The less talked about of the two is delayed ejaculation. Also known as impaired ejaculation, it is classified broadly as when a man needs more than 30 minutes of stimulation for ejaculation.
In some cases, the man may not ejaculate at all. In others, the man may be able to ejaculate only through oral sex or manual stimulation because of the desired grip from masturbation.
Psychological reasons of delayed ejaculation include, but are not restricted to: Anxiety, stress, suppressing of sexual desire, considering sexual acts taboo, or relationship stress. Delayed ejaculation can also occur when your sexual fantasies are different from your sexual realities.
Physical conditions like underlying heart disease, diabetes, prostate problems, low testosterone levels or thyroid issues are some of the other reasons for delayed ejaculation. In the long run, conception and low libido levels can prove to be a challenge. However, the condition can be treated with medication and counselling based on the underlying reason for delayed ejaculation.
10) Most Premature Ejaculation Can Be Treated
It is the spinal ejaculation generator, and not the brain, that determines when a man ejaculates. Therefore, the man has very little control over his climax. By distracting himself, he reduces the intensity of the arousal. Men often mistaken this as tricking their brain to delay ejaculation.
Now, premature ejaculation can be due to erectile dysfunction or a number of psychological or physical problems. This include, but are not restricted to, performance anxiety, stress, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid, or prostate disease. A number of treatment options are available to help those with premature ejaculation or erectile dysfunction.