The Twig

      Moving right along in the fun world of body parts, I felt it was only right to discuss the health of the male sex organ.
For some women, the one-eyed snake is a complete mystery,  but for others, they just need to walk in the room and they command 'its' attention.
I'm not a guy, so I'm not an expert on what it feels like to have an appendage between my legs but lets take a moment to discuss the hazards and potential issues that could plague the PENIS!

Hazard # 1 - The Runaway Zipper
Gotta be a man's worse nightmare - jagged teeth, tender skin and excruciating pain, not to mention embarrassment. Luckily as a Naturopath, we learned techniques to dislodge the stuck skin, often with the use of scissors! Haha no not to cut off the penis, to cut around the zipper. Ouch! However, I rarely see penis injuries in my practice. I believe the next best technique is oil to make the skin and the zipper slippery and therefore easier to move.

Hazard #2 - The Hot Chick
That awkward moment when you're strolling along the sidewalk minding your own business and the hottest chick that ever walked the planet walks by in 6 inch stilettos and a short skirt. The wind catches the skirt and... UH OH you're excited. The pressure of the erection as well as the after effects of not relieving said erection can cause significant discomfort.

Ok so hazards are avoidable (for the most part) but what about problems and pathologies.

ED or erectile dysfunction - can be caused by alcohol (see post #1 The big "O '), aging, hormonal imbalance, low libido or drugs/medication. Please see your doctor if you have a concern about this.

A painful erection that won't go away - Not always due to an over-consumption of Viagra - check out other Penile disorders for more information.

Painful urination - common causes are urinary tract infections, kidney stone/ kidney issues or STI (sexually transmitted infection). Urinary problems are typically a symptom of something else so don't leave it too long before you seek treatment.

Painful or painless sores on the penis - Ok I know it doesn't seem like a very sexy topic but the health of the penis is very important, especially if you are sexually active. Sores or ulcers on the penis can be caused by STIs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes or syphilis. It can also be a sign of penile cancer, Lupus or trauma to the area. A careful examination of the organ on a regular basis (which includes retraction of the foreskin) should be performed to identify lesions early. All of these pathologies are cause for concern and should be seen by a medical professional immediately.

Another tip to keep in mind (and this might be more for the women), is that the penis is sensitive. Ya, we've all seen someone get hit in the crotch and experienced that gut wrenching reaction and quick intake of breath. So ladies, consider how gentle you would like to be touched and continually ask your partner what he prefers. Communication can improve a sex life more than toys, lubes or a menage-a-trois!

Moral of this post - Men, please pay attention to the health of your bodies and don't ignore the "little guy". And ladies, take the time to appreciate the male appendage, be sensitive, kind and perhaps look before you leap!