sexual health

A team of nine plastic surgeons and two urological surgeons from Johns Hopkins just successfully performed the world’s first total penis and scrotum transplant in a 14-hour operation. The complex procedure was performed in March on a combat veteran who sustained catastrophic injury to the genital region while serving in Afghanistan. The soldier is set to be discharged home this week.

According to W.P. Andrew Lee, M.D....

There is more evidence mounting to an already robust knowledge database that a man’s erectile dysfunction (ED) can be linked to a higher rate of cardiovascular (CV) events.

The latest work to be discussed here demonstrated such men had a “higher relative risk of myocardial infarction [or heart attack], total CV events, and all-cause mortality.” (1)

First, let’s review a few facts about ED and cardiovascular disease (CVD).

  • CVD is leading cause of death in men (with significant rates in young & old)
  • > 30 million men in U.S. are affected by ED
  • ED impacts > 50% of men aged 40-70 years and >...

Bespoke condoms hit the market. With all that can be custom-made these days, why not them? Hoping to tackle the rampant fit and feel complaints of many men, Global Protection Corp. is marketing myONE Perfect Fit as an alternative to standard size condoms.  

But, will they actually reverse the declining trend in consistent use or disrupt the space as others have tried and failed to do? Boasting “10 LENGTHS. 9 WIDTHS. 60 SIZES,” myONE doubles down on men’s needs writing on their website: “Standard condoms can sometimes feel too tight, too loose, too short, too long. Sound familiar? That's because most condoms were the same size. Until now.”

Discussions around...

Legendary, Emmy-winning Fox TV anchor, Ernie Anastos -- who just had a day named after him by the mayor of New York City-- kicks off his new television show with this "Doctors on Call" segment.

Here, in the first installment of the recurring series, he had urologic oncologist and robotic surgeon Dr. David Samadi and me, ACSH's Director of Medicine, to answer viewer medical-related questions. 

We brought practical answers to viewer questions that ranged widely from acupuncture to sexual health.

Hopefully,...

Basic —but vital—needs being met contribute significantly to overall health and well-being.  They play a substantial role in disease prevention, maintenance and the success of many therapeutic interventions. 

A well-balanced diet, sufficient sleep, routine exercise and social connection are core tenets that empower us to go out into the world each and every day.  These necessary tools of daily living serve to improve our physical and mental health.  

Sex is also considered an essential component of life and wellness.  Touch, intimacy and the resultant pleasurable physiologic responses bestow a number of benefits and facilitate the ability for us to participate in the experience of being human.  

Though most research in the United States tends to emphasize the...

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) adversely impacts over 30 million men in the United States to some extent.  Medical efforts to combat this considerable personal strain and relationship stressor are replete with various shortcomings.  

Depending upon the cause, treatment options can be limited.  Traditionally as a last resort when a man is ineligible or has failed less invasive alternatives, surgical insertion of a penile implant is considered.  

The common types that exist fall under the inflatable (IPP) or malleable (MPP) penile prosthetic umbrellas.  Innovation in this field has been relatively stagnant the last 40 years which is why a team of researchers —whose concept was recently patent-approved...

In October, I wrote about the release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report which reflected record highs in the three most commonly reported conditions in the United States in 2015:  primary and secondary syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. (1)

Concerns over increasing antibiotic resistance risks accompanying the rapid rate of rise of gonorrheal infection prompted researchers in Australia to investigate alternate means of prevention in addition to conventional measures (e.g. condoms).  

Dr. Chow...

Testosterone!A new report in the current New England Journal of Medicine addresses a topic that has long aroused controversy in primary care, internal medicine, and geriatrics: Does supplementing testosterone in older men with low testosterone levels add to quality of life and functional enhancement?

The study, entitled "Effects of Testosterone Treatment in Older Men," was done by a multi-center group, The Testosterone Trial Investigators, led by Peter J. Snyder, MD, of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania...

aids-prevention---condoms-3-213424-mThere is a perception out there that the technology and social media booms of the last decade have been detrimental to public health. In particular hookup apps are being blamed by many for having contributed to the increases in sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STD/STIs). This belief is not entirely unwarranted; earlier this year the state of Rhode Island...