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Take Two And Call Me In The Morning-Sex Not Aspirin

January 30, 2011

In the past, this blog focuses on wellness, exercise, and mental health.  In this issue I will devote to the benefits of having intimacy with your partner.  Who would ever imagine that an activity that is so much fun could be so beneficial to your health.

Sexual intimacy is a form of exercise.  Each time that you engage in the sex act you burn approximately 100 calories.  Of course, if you have sex like Lady Chatterly’s Lover, then it’s a lot more.  Now 100 calories a pop doesn’t sound like much, but if you engage in sex 2-3 times a week, that’s 5000-7500 calories a year.  That’s equivalent to the energy required to jog from New Orleans to Mobile, Alabama.

In addition to the aerobic work out of huffing and puffing and increasing your heart rate, sexual activity provides resistance training.  This is the contraction of the muscles of the back, pelvis, and extremities against passive resistance.

Another advantage of regular sex is that it can actually lower your total cholesterol level, and increase the high-density lipoproteins (HDL) or the good cholesterol.  So if you indulge yourself in an extra steak with butter, indulge yourself in extra sex and you’ll be calorically even.

Sex also jump-starts your hormones.  Men can have a surge of testosterone during sex.  Testosterone is the hormone produced in the testicles that is responsible for libido or sex drive, muscle mass, and strength of bones.  Regular sex increases the level of estrogen in women which results in increase in the blood supply to the vagina keeping the vaginal tissues young, supple and moist.  There is even evidence that sex prior to or at the time of the menstrual period may relieve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).  There are other studies that suggests that oxytocin, a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland during sexual intimacy, contributes to long-term bonding between partners.

Sexual intimacy also results in the release of endorphins which is the ultimate painkiller or analgesic.  Endorphins are many times more potent that morphine, the most powerful man-made analgesic in use for the relief of pain.  So the next time you have a headache, don’t turn down sex but turn on and your relief is just a few minutes in the sack away.  There’s even a scientific explanation for the relief of headache pain with sex.  During sex there is an increase in the blood supply to the muscles and the genital organs.  As a result there is a decrease in the blood supply to the brain thus taking the pressure off of the tension in the brain.

For men, sexual intimacy is protective for the prostate.  Prostate infections and prostate enlargement, which begins after the age of 50 in most men, result in compression of the urethra, the tube in the penis that allows transmission of urine from the bladder to the outside of the body.  As a result men complain of difficulty with urination.   For dozens of years,  older men have gone to the doctor to have their prostate gland massaged to express the retained secretions that produce many of the symptoms of prostate disease.  For most men this is uncomfortable and expensive if you don’t have Medicare or insurance to pay for the doctor’s visit.  One inexpensive and fun way to relieve these symptoms produced by an enlarged prostate gland is to engage in sexual intimacy either through intercourse or even masturbation.   Both will produce prostate pleasing results.  So if you want to be good to your prostate gland, be good to your significant other….in bed.

Sex is good for stress.  Never let the sun set on an argument.  Having sex is an effective method of reducing the tensions that exist between partners.  You can’t be arguing when you are having good sex.

So for those of you who are not interested in going to the YMCA or a health club, you can have the benefits of a health club not in your own back yard but in your bedroom.   There are naysayers that say this is fooey. Take Two and Call Me In the Morning-Not Aspirin, But Sex. For those of you who need more motivation, give me a call and I’ll write you a prescription!

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If Viagra Doesn’t Work-Prostaglandin Might Help Treat Your Erectile Dysfunction

March 17, 2010

Erectile dysfunction is a common condition affecting nearly 30 million American men.  It wasn’t long ago that most cases were thought to be do to psychological causes.  Now we know that most men have a physical cause.

Erectile dysfunction occurs with greater frequency after age 40, although it is not inevitable consequence of aging.  The condition can result from complications of chronic conditions, such as coronary artery disease, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and diabetes mellitus.  Side effects of surgery, medications, and psychological influences are also associated with impotence, as are lifestyle factors such as high-fat diet, drug abuse, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking.

Since July 1995, prostaglandin (Caverject) has been approved by the Federal Drug Administration for the treatment of impotence.  Prostaglandin offers men and their partners hope for a problem for which there was previously no approved medication.

Caverject is administered via a small needle through the skin on the top of the penis.  The drug works by relaxing smooth muscle tissue, which, in turn, enhances the blood flow into the penis, creating an erection.  The drug is used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, whether the cause is neurological, vascular, or psychological.  Men who choose this treatment option receive an initial injection from their physician to determine the optimum dosing.  Then the patient can administer prostaglandin once he has been trained in the technique of self-injection.

Prostaglandin is only available by prescription.

An erection usually occurs 3-5 minutes after the injection and will last for 30-45 minutes.  Men are able to enjoy orgasm and normal ejaculation using prostaglandin injection.  However, the recommendation is to limit the use to twice a week.  Side effects include slight pain at the site of the injection, occasional bruising, and less than 3 percent will have an erection that requires medication to reverse the drug effect.

The results of using prostaglandin are favorable since more than 80 percent of patients diagnosed with erectile dysfunction who use prostaglandin experience an erection adequate for sexual intimacy.

If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, it is a good idea to see your physician so that the proper diagnosis can be made and the appropriate dose of prostaglandin can be selected.  It is now possible to find an effective treatment for most men who suffer from this common medical problem that significantly impacts a man’s quality of life.

Bottom Line:  If you have tried one of the oral medications for erectile dysfunction and you are not receiving the result you would like, consider self-injection therapy with prostaglandin