A High Red Meat Intake Could Hurt Male Fertility

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January 14th, 2016

Attention carnivores—if you are trying to conceive with your partner lay off processed meat. A recent study found that those men who consumed a lot of processed, red meat such as sausage and bacon had poorer success rates than those who ate mostly poultry. The study does not prove causality merely that a link exists. Lots of other studies have illustrated a connection between diet and fertility. But it can be hard to isolate exactly how much each food item affects the male reproductive system.

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President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Dr. Rebecca Sokol wrote a press release about this study. She said it suggests such meat makes it more difficult for fertilization to occur. Eating a healthy diet is not only best for reproductive health she wrote, but overall health as well. Other physicians are considering adding a ban on processed meat to the list of recommendations they give those patients desiring fatherhood. Other items include quitting smoking, decreasing alcohol consumption, exercising regularly, and losing weight.

Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, led by Dr. Wei Xia conducted the study. They followed the cases of 141 couples undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF) at Massachusetts General Hospital. The male partners filled out a questionnaire including questions about their diet, such as their weekly meat consumption and what kinds of meat they ate. There was no correlation between the total amount of meat consumption and the success of IVF. However, those men who ate the most fowl were 13% more successful than those who ate the least amount of poultry.

Some doctors say that it could be those who consumed more chicken may have an overall healthier diet than those who ate more processed meat. But today most doctors would agree that it is a good idea to avoid such meat when trying to conceive. Any couple trying for six months to a year without success should seek out a medical professional. 50% of the time the problem comes from the male side of the equation. Men who have been trying with their partner for this long or longer should speak with their doctor or an urologist. 

The Best Way to Broach the “STD Talk” with a New Partner

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January 5th, 2016

The CDC recommends talking about STDs each and every time you have a new partner. This should occur before sexual relations commence. Of course, this conversation can be awkward. There is a social stigma surrounding STDs, despite whether the person practiced safe sex in their past or acquired one through some kind of accident. Also, there is a lack of education on the part of many, solidifying the stigma. Today we are in the midst of a casual, hookup culture. Since relationships especially among young people are kept superficial, partners are more afraid to broach uncomfortable topics, or ask deeply probing questions. You cannot take all of the sting out of this conversation. But there are some helpful ways to broach the subject when with a new partner that can limit discomfort and keep things on a positive track. One of the best ways to do it, is to begin with yourself.

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Let them know the last time you were tested. Tell your partner if there has been any infections in your past, or if you are dealing with an ongoing one such as herpes or HIV. Tell them what your preferred method of protection is, and ask what they prefer. Think about what you want to say beforehand when you think things may be leading to sex. But be sure this talk occurs before you are in the throes of passion, so that it does not ruin the mood, and both of you can enjoy peace of mind. In any hookup situation, you should use a condom regardless. Sometimes people have STIs, an infection which is not showing symptoms.

Instead of asking a partner to get tested, make it a “we” thing. Ask them to go with you, and get tested together before the act takes place. If they are resistant, remind them that every sexually active adult should be tested at least once a year, according to the CDC. For men that means going to a clinic, seeing a doctor, or an urologist.

A Few Unseemly Options for Male Enhancement

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January 5th, 2016

Ads for increasing the length and size of the penis flood the internet. Few of us have to be told that most if not all are illegitimate. These products and procedures can cause unseemly side effects, while hardly any gain in size or girth is achieved. For instance, researchers at the University of Turin in Italy investigated male enhancement procedures in two studies. The first contained 121 male subjects, the second 109.

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These scientists concluded that the vast majority of procedures were too dangerous and risked serious complications. Moreover, for most men seeking these surgeries or devices, the problem is not in their pants but in their head. One 2005 study with 92 male participants found that although each went to a physician for enhancement, none actually had a small penis. The majority of men are average in size according to a recent British study. Small is considered 3 in. (7.6 cm) when erect. Anything above that is normal. Media focus on size, societal pressure to be above average in everything, mistaken impressions from porn, and general male confusion over what the average size looks like fuel this phenomenon. Still, Italian researchers did come across a few options that had positive results.

One was the “traction method.” Here a penis stretcher was attached to the member each day. The penis was then put in traction for four to six hours over the course of four months. The end result was a gain of 0.67 in. (1.7 cm) when erect. In one small study, penoscrotal rings were utilized. These squeeze the scrotum and base of the penis, increasing size and helping a man to maintain an erection. Another option was using a penis pump daily. This is a vacuum tube which is placed over the penis. A hand pump creates suction, engorging the penis with blood. Healthy men found this option to be painful and the gain less than significant. There are certain procedures in the works such as injectable enlargement products. But these have some time before they hit the market.

Any man truly dissatisfied with his size should discuss the matter with a doctor or urologist, get some perspective, and see what his options truly are.

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Presume That Old People Don’t Have Sex

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December 17th, 2015
The Times sex columnist and editor of www.suzigodson.com

1. In the past, most surveys of sexual behavior had an upper age limit of sixty because it was presumed that older people were no longer sexually active. In 2015, this oversight was properly addressed with the publication of Dr. David Lee’s paper Sexual Health And Wellbeing Among Older Men And Women In England.

2. Lee’s research, which was carried out with the University of Manchester, Age UK and NatCen Social Research, was the first ever nationally-representative study of UK sexual health to include people over the age of 80. Contrary to popular assumptions, the study found that getting older was a less useful predictor of decreasing sexual activity, than overall health, or relationship conflict.

3. Impressively, the study revealed that more than half (54%) of men and almost a third (31%) of women over the age of 70 reported that they were still sexually active and one third of them reported having sex at least twice a month.

4. Septuagenarians and octogenarians also reported being affectionate towards each other; 31% of men and 20% of women reported frequent kissing or petting.

5. These are not isolated findings. They correspond with data from the 2013 NATSAL study which found that 57% of men and 37% of women aged 65 – 74 had had penetrative sex in the last year and that one in three people in bad, or very bad health, had recently had sex.

6. Older research backs up these findings too. In 1981, Sarr & Weiner carried out a study of 800 adults aged from 60 to 91 years of age and they found that 68% of men and 36% of women were still having sexual intercourse. In 1984, Brecher interviewed more than 4000 men and women aged over fifty and found that more than 50% of men and women aged 70 + were still sexually active and about 60% of men and 40% of women said that they still had sexual intercourse.

7. When Weizman and Hart (1987) compared the sexual behaviours of two groups of men aged 60-65 years and 66-71 years, they found that the rate of masturbation increased with age. In their study, just 27% of men aged 60-65 masturbated, compared to 51% of men aged 66-71.

8. John DeLamater and Sara Moorman’s University of Wisconsin study of ‘Sexual Behavior In Later Life’ (2007), found that sexual desire is related to frequency of masturbation and both men and women without partners masturbated more frequently than people who had partners. Also, women with partners who were sexually limited as a result of illness or dysfunction masturbated more frequently than women with healthy partners.

9. Clearly, age alone is no barrier to sexual activity, but there is a ‘use it or lose it’ aspect to sex in later life, and for older people, masturbation is probably the easiest and most effective way of sustaining both sexual desire and sexual function.

10. So, this Christmas, lets face it, GRANDAD DOES NOT WANT A TELESCOPE! He wants a Doc Johnson Optimale UR3 Vibrating Stroker with Massage Beads. And Grandma? She wants a bottle of Lelo water based moisturizer and an INA Wave™ vibrator.

This Is The Ejaculation Problem That Men Want To Avoid Mentioning

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December 17th, 2015

ejaculation-problem-in-men-700x390While premature ejaculation is a commonly known problem amongs men, it is delayed ejaculation problem that is bothering an increasing number of male members in the population.

Delayed ejaculation is a condition when men find it tough to reach an orgasm while having sex even when they are enjoying the act. As of now, an approximate eight percent of men in America are suffering from this condition.

Also, premature ejaculation causes men to let it out in less than three minutes, delayed ejaculation has no predefined time frame.

Even though there are no clear set of symptoms of this condition, Tobias Köhler, M.D., M.P.H., an associate professor of urology at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, points out that those who can’t have an orgasm even after twenty minutes of trying are victims.

Journal of Sexual Medicine points out that an average guy does not need more than five minutes to do the job. Twenty minutes is too far from the ideal situation.

Elaborating on the condition, the report explains ejaculation to be a complicated process that involves the brain, nerve cells and of course the pelvic muscles.

Ultimately, during the act, the brain sends out the final message that asks the pelvic muscles to release the semen for pleasure.

However, in victims of delayed ejaculation, the message from the brain is lost in transit due to poor communication between the nerves. This could be due to various disease like diabetes, sclerosis and others.

Guys with low testosterone and thyroid hormone levels are also likely to fall prey to this condition. Delayed ejaculation is draining, physically as well as mentally.

Approaching a urologist is the right way to initiate treatment for this condition. Even a sex health expert can help overcome this problem. But, patients have to be prepared to answer some personal questions and be truthful about their problems when they come to seek treatment.

Read more: http://www.healthaim.com/ejaculation-problem-men-want-avoid-mentioning/34472#ixzz3uatFhEZS