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Can smoking affect a man’s erections?

Smoking can have a huge impact on a man’s erections. In fact, in 2014 the acting U.S. Surgeon General added erectile dysfunction (ED) to the list of conditions that can be caused by smoking.

Research has shown that men who smoke are at higher risk for ED. Often, erection problems are worse for men who smoke heavily and those who have smoked for a long time. Secondhand smoke may also interfere with erections.

Can increasing caffeine intake help with erectile dysfunction (ED)?

It’s possible that caffeine could help a man’s erections, but more research is needed.

Caffeine is a stimulant found in foods and beverages. Coffee, tea, soda, and energy drinks are common sources.

Past research has found that caffeine may have some health benefits, but its role in erections has been unclear.

What is a penile plethysmograph?

A penile plethysmograph is a device used to measure blood flow to the penis. Because good blood flow to the penis is important for erections, penile plethysmography can be especially helpful for doctors evaluating a man’s erectile function.

What is a hidden/buried penis?

When a man has a hidden or buried penis, the shaft of his penis is tucked inside the skin of his scrotum, abdomen, or thigh. The penis is still a normal size, but only the tip of it is visible. The condition is sometimes called an inconspicuous or concealed penis.

Is there such a thing as female premature orgasm?

Yes, some women do reach orgasm before they wish to, although it is not very common.

The situation is similar to premature ejaculation in men, but has not been as widely studied.

Should men be concerned about semen volume?

Many men worry that the amount of semen they ejaculate reflects on their masculinity. Some feel that if they ejaculate more semen, they will feel greater sexual pleasure, too.

What factors determine semen volume?

When a man reaches orgasm, he ejaculates fluid called semen. On average, men expel between 1.25 and 5.00 ml (1/4 of a teaspoon to 1 teaspoon) of semen each time they ejaculate. But this amount varies from man to man.

What is congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH)?

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) refers to a group of congenital (present at birth) conditions caused by problems with the adrenal glands.

What does the term “intersex” mean?

The term “intersex” is used to describe disorders of sex development (DSDs) – situations in which a fetus develops differently from a typical male or female.

How soon can couples have sex again after a miscarriage?

Sex after miscarriage depends on the individual. A woman’s health care professional can give the best guidance on her personal situation.

Can thyroid problems contribute to erectile dysfunction (ED)?

Yes. Many men with thyroid problems have erectile dysfunction (ED).

Can exercise help with erectile dysfunction (ED)?

Yes. In addition to other health benefits, regular exercise can help men with their erections.


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