A concerned young man recently wrote that, ever since he experienced a hard blow to the male organ during a high school gym class, he has been able to feel a hard lump on one side of the shaft of the male organ whenever it is firm. His anxiety is understandable, given that few men take well to any abnormalities in the appearance or performance of their male organ, and in this case, it is a good thing that he paid attention to what could develop into a more serious problem without the right approach to male organ care.
Some facts that men should be aware of concerning male health are outlined here.
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Scarring of the male tissue
Unlike the rest of the body, the male organ is not supported by any skeletal structure or cartilage. In order to hold its shape during intimacy, it relies on increased blood flow to fill the inner chambers – the spongy material found on the inside of the shaft. This soft material is surrounded by connective tissue that expands when the male organ is firm, and then contracts when it subsides, allowing the male organ to hold its shape.
When the connective tissue is damaged, whether due to a sudden injury or long-term misuse (the male organ is subject to some pretty rough going from time to time) the body often overcompensates during healing by adding an extra protective layer which is tougher and less flexible than the original tissue. As a result, the affected area may be felt as a lump under the surface of the skin, and it may not expand to the same degree as the surrounding tissue during tumescence. This results in the male organ bending around the scar tissue (or plaque), causing a pronounced curvature that can be quite painful.
When a male organ bends to the extent that intimacy becomes difficult or impossible, or when performance problems develop as a consequence, Peyronie’s disease may be diagnosed.
Treating Peyronie’s disease
Treating this problem depends on its severity; for a mild bend or curve, doctors may advise a “wait-and-see” approach and only take action when the problem begins to interfere with a healthy reproductive life. For more advanced problems, surgery may be performed to remove the scar tissue. In some cases, implants may be used to straighten the male organ. For men with less severe bending, the use of vitamins A and E have shown some promise, particularly in restoring the damaged tissue.
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Protecting the male organ and promoting good health
In order to avoid developing disfiguring conditions like Peyronie’s disease, it is important to follow some basic, common-sense steps in caring for the male organ:
1. Go slow. Yanking away at the male organ during self-pleasuring or engaging in rough, rambunctious play can be fun in the moment, but in the long run, it’s just not worth the risk. Running up against a partner’s pelvic bone or snapping the male tissue during a particularly aggressive maneuver can trigger the development of scar tissue that characterizes Peyronie’s disease. Slow and steady wins the race, as they say; and besides, taking things slow and romantic can be especially fulfilling for both partners.