At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 204
Often referred to as impotence, erectile dysfunction
(ED) describes the inability to get, and maintain, an
erection that is sufﬁcient for sexual intercourse. It's
only considered to be ED if the problem persists for
three months or more. It very common, affecting
one in 10 men on a long-term basis.
'It may be some consolation to know that almost
all men will experience this at some point in their
lives,' says Dr Christian.
Physical causes include narrowing of blood
vessels to the penis, low testosterone levels, injury,
and medications, such as antidepressants and
'ED can be an early warning sign of more general
health problems such as heart disease, high blood
pressure and diabetes,' says Dr Christian. 'Always
go for a full health check if you are suffering from
ED. The consultation with your doctor may reveal
an underlying and far more threatening problem,
but one that can be put right, and, in so doing, help
your ED, too.'
Being overweight and smoking contribute to the
condition. The British Medical Association (BMA)
says smokers are 50% more likely to have ED. Research also shows 80%
of men with ED have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25.
'Lifestyle plays a big role in erectile function. Tiredness, stress and
alcohol intake can all play their part,' says Dr Christian.
If your partner suffers from ED, cutting down on booze, quitting
smoking and, if he uses any recreational drugs, stopping those, will all help.
He also needs plenty of sleep, rest and relaxation, so he's not fatigued.
Anxiety, depression and stress can also contribute. You can help,
by talking - clearing up misunderstandings that may be causing him
anxiety may see his erections return. Psychosexual counselling can
help, and there are effective tablets available, too, but don't take them
without ﬁrst seeking medical advice.
HE CAN COME WITHOUT
It's true, he wasn't faking it, he really did have an
orgasm. So where did all the man mess go? It's
what's known as 'retrograde ejaculation', when a man
produces no semen at the point of climax. This is
because, instead of coming out of his urethra (the tube
through which wee comes out), it goes backwards in
to his bladder. So when he goes to the loo after sex,
his urine will be all cloudy because it has sperm in
it. It's not all that common and the NHS state that it
isn't a health risk, but for regular suﬀerers it can, quite
obviously, aﬀect the ability to father a child.
204 | FEBRUARY 2018
One in 10 men
wears the same
pair of pants
for more than
three days. Yuk.
THAT'S WHY YOU
CAN'T MOVE IT
VERY MUCH WHEN
IT'S ERECT. IT'S
ACTUALLY A KIND
OF SPONGE THAT
FILLS WITH BLOOD
WHEN A MAN IS
of erections per
day for a man: 11.
miles per hour.
common in snakes
but pretty rare
in humans; the
that one in ﬁve
million men are
to see me
the way it
that nature is
very clever; if
a man's body
lifestyle then it
lets him know
by hitting him
where it hurts
all it takes to
get him to