A healthy penis is a happy penis. And a happy penis makes for both a happy man and a happy partner.
You want to be a happy man with a happy partner and a happy penis, right?
Here are our six penis health tips that will help you make your penis the happiest it’s ever been.
Prolactin is primarily associated with pregnancy and breast-feeding (you might have guessed that from the name), but also is important to aspects of men’s health.
Trouble is, too much or too little has been directly linked with erectile function, reduced libido, and other sexual health problems for men (source). So it’s vital you keep yours in balance.
Getting your prolactin levels tested is quick, easy, and cheap. You can ask your doctor to include it in your next blood work series, or some pharmacies will do a blood screen on demand for less than $100.
If your prolactin is too high, here’s a list of supplements to help you bring it down to normal levels:
If your prolactin is too low, use one of these supplements to up your production:
That’s right, kids! Just say no to drugs!
Well, just say not to too many drugs. I’m not here to tell you to never, ever take an ibuprofen when you’re sore from a run, or have a gummy at the end of a rough day. If you like a glass of wine with dinner once or twice a week, that’s not going to ruin anything.
I am here to tell you to keep that to a minimum. Recreational drug use has been strongly linked again and again with health problems including erectile health and issues with systems (like hormone production and your circulatory system) that support or control erections.
Also, ask your doctor for natural supplements or lifestyle decisions that can treat illnesses you find yourself dealing with. In many cases, these are cheaper and better for you long-term than Big Pharma dosing.
And don’t even think about taking erection medicines. These create a downward spiral where your body depends on the drug to get erections, which means you take more of the drug, which makes you more dependent…
Yeah. For that stuff, really truly Just Say No.
Ready for some good news?
A no less illustrious institution than Harvard University (source) found that ejaculating 4 or more times per week reduces your risk for prostate cancer by 33%, and has equally profound benefits for your general sexual health.
That’s right. The doctor says you should come a little more often than every other day.
If at all possible, you should be having those orgasms with the help of a partner. Frequent sex improves your erectile health, helps with your general health, and strengthens your relationship.
Masturbation, especially masturbation with the help of porn, can do some serious damage to your brain’s ability to uptake the hormones responsible for arousal and sexual pleasure. So have sex when you can, and have a “menage a mois” when you can’t.
Like prolactin, estrogen is a hormone most associated with female sexual health, but which men need to their own bodies, too.
But when you have too much estrogen in relation to your testosterone, it can trigger a series of hormonal and physical problems which make your penis less healthy (source). To prevent this problem, engage in activities which reduce estrogen, boost testosterone, or both:
This one’s simple math: high levels of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) mean better erections and a happier penis. Low levels of HGH practically draw a frowny face emoji on your junk (source).
Science is still unclear on the exact reason this is so, but HGH is associated with other aspects of male performance and virility, which is why it’s a popular doping agent among athletes.
Boost your HGH with a combination of dietary supplements and exercise.
For the supplements, cycle in some arginine, lysine, and vitamin D, and cut out processed sugars as much as possible. While you’re at it, eat more organic and protein-rich meats.
For exercise, you want something fast and heavy. Sprint workouts do a good job here, as does High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Anything that cycles through pushing you to your limit, resting briefly, then doing it again.
This one could have been part of the don’t abuse drugs entry above, but it’s important enough to warrant its own listing. Studies have shown again and again (source) that smoking is directly correlated with erectile dysfunction.
That’s because smoking damages your cardiovascular system and deprives your blood vessels of oxygen. The flow of oxygen-rich blood to your penis is why erections happen. Anything that hurts that process hurts the health of your penis.
Further, there’s evidence smoking impacts your hormonal production, which interferes with the impetus to get an erection in the first place.
Also, it makes you taste bad when you’re kissing. So even if you can get a good boner going, you’ll have fewer people who want to share it with you.
Don’t take all of these suggestions on at once. Making that many changes to your lifespan “cold turkey” will lead to burnout, and chances are you’ll be back in your old rut within a few weeks.
Instead, take one on this week and practice it until it’s automatic. Then take on another until it’s second nature. Then another…then another…until your penis is as healthy and happy as you can make it.