Common Questions about the Male Anatomy
Having “blue balls” is just a term for being sexually frustrated. Yet, if you ever have noticed any discoloration such as the testicles appearing to be a shade darker, accompanied by a low, dull pain, medical experts believe that the buildup of blood flow to the male sex organs puts pressure on the testicles if not released. Simple ejaculation can relieve the pressure. Having an erection for a long time could also make oxygen in the blood become absorbed in the genitals making the blood in that area appear bluish. However, this is not normal without say a penis ring or some other toy that restricts blood flow or when taking erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra. Blue balls is just one of the common questions lots of guys have about the male anatomy that they often never get answered, at least not in the medical sense. Another normal questions men often ask is how long it should take after having an orgasm to be able to perform again. According to Weill Cornell Medical College urologist Richard K. Lee, M.D. “Unless you’re 14, you’re probably going to need at least an hour or two to become erect after ejaculating.” A man’s “latency period” can also be prolonged by alcohol intake or previous masturbation. If it takes far longer than a few hours, like days for the equipment to be active again, you should definitely bring the matter up with your physician.
Lots of guys wonder what the penis’s most sensitive area is. According to research out of Michigan State University, it depends whether or not you are circumcised. The small incision area on the underside of the head is the most sensitive place if you have been circumcised. For those that haven’t been, the entire head will be extremely sensitive. The head of an uncircumcised penis is covered in foreskin and so remains sensitive. However, a circumcised one comes into contact with your underwear and other substances making it less sensitive. Lastly, a lot of men want to know how much semen should be released when they ejaculate. Luckily, scientists have an answer. It should be somewhere between 1.5 to 5 cubic centimeters or around one fifth of an ounce. If the amount of semen you are ejaculating seems rather small by comparison, try to space out your orgasms says Dr. Lee. A man’s testosterone level plays a role in semen production as well. As men grow older their testosterone level drops mildly over many years. This is a natural phenomenon. But it often reduces the amount of semen produced and therefore ejaculated after sexual intercourse. Some men are suspect about this phenomenon but it’s a normal, natural occurrence. However, if you do experience significantly less ejaculate after your orgasms and the drop is precipitous, you should consult a physician or your urologist about it.