If there’s one thing men aren’t good at, it’s going to the doctor.
It’s well-known they are much more reluctant when it comes to seeking medical advice compared to women (no, checking on Google doesn’t count) meaning they often leave symptoms untreated, storing up problems for later down the line.
This reluctance to see a GP or specialist is compounded when the issue is ‘down there’. Men often baulk at the idea of getting their bits out in front of a doctor, cringe at the thought of explaining an intimate problem, and are opposed to booking an appointment unless strictly necessary.
Of course, this doesn’t apply to all men. But the data suggests they are much more likely to bury their heads in the sand when it comes to this stuff.
And that’s why thousands of men across the UK are suffering from a debilitating condition you’ve probably never heard of.
Peyronie’s Disease is a condition that is caused by scar tissue, called plaque, forming inside the penis and causing it to bend when erect. Whilst this might sound pretty humorous, in reality it’s a serious condition which can make sex extremely painful or even impossible. Doctors aren’t completely sure what causes it, meaning all men are potentially at risk of developing the condition one day.
Peyronie’s Disease affects a staggering 5-7% of men worldwide. That’s a huge number and means that, odds are, at least one man you know is suffering with this disease in silence. Peyronie’s is not just an embarrassing condition that can be hidden under a pair of jeans.
Sex is a fundamental part of relationships, but for men living with Peyronie’s, sex is often just too painful. Even if intercourse is possible, men are often ashamed of the ‘abnormal’ appearance of their penis, meaning they shy away from intimacy altogether.
In a study of men with Peyronie's disease, 77 percent said that they were affected psychologically and one in four had relationship problems as a result.
The frustrating thing is, there are options for people who are diagnosed with the condition. In fact, there’s a range of treatments available.
But if men don’t seek medical help, they stand no chance of getting it sorted. Additionally, they also run the risk of developing mental health problems the longer they go on suffering in silence.
What can we do to fix this problem?
The more comfortable people feel talking about sex openly and without stigma, the more likely we are to take better care of our sexual health.
Women should encourage their partners to confront any concerns they have, blokes should refrain from making fun of mates who try to discuss sexual dysfunction, and men should take control of the situation before it’s too late.
So, what are YOU waiting for?
Book an appointment today with your GP (or encourage the man in your life to do so) and stop pressing snooze on your sexual health.
To find out more about the condition and all available treatment options, please visit the new website www.thisispeyronies.co.uk
Each month, Tracey will be recording a live Facebook video for the Mail Online, for further insight into the subjects she writes about in her weekly column, Pillow Talk. In this video, she offers an answer to the question: “what are the 7 must-have moves that make you good in bed?”
Each month, Tracey will be recording a live Facebook video for the Mail Online, for further insight into the subjects she writes about in her weekly column, Pillow Talk. In this video, she offers an answer to the question: “why are you still obsessed with your ex?”
Tracey’s latest addition to the Edge range is the Extended Pleasure Silicone Penis Extension.
Here, she talks about how extenders have their place in the bedroom - although it might not be the reason you think...
“Those of you who’ve read my books or blogs, know one of my favourite phrases is ‘You don’t need an erect penis to have a good time in bed’.
“My (almost) second favourite is that size doesn’t matter (if you’re straight) because most of the nerve endings of the vagina are in the first inch and (whatever your sexuality), tongues, fingers and sex toys can pretty much replicate all a hard penis can.
“Given these views, why then, have I just launched the Edge Extended Pleasure Silicone Penis Extension as part of my men’s range?
“For those of you who don’t know, an ‘extension’ is a sleeve that slips over the penis to add length or girth while also offering support for men with erection problems.
Each month, Tracey will be recording a live Facebook video for the Mail Online, for further insight into the subjects she writes about in her weekly column, Pillow Talk. In this video, she poses the question “Would you let your partner sleep with someone else if you’d gone off sex?”
Tracey’s power-packed Supersex Male Vibrator launched this week - and she’s predicting this male vibrator is going to be the new must-have boy toy.
A fresh alternative to traditional male masturbators such as the Supersex Stroker, this ingenious one-size-fits-all device fits over the head of the penis to deliver powerful vibration to this super-sensitive area. “If you’ve never experienced vibration on and around your penis, you are seriously missing out,” said Tracey. “There’s a reason why vibrators are still her most popular sex toy!”
Quick and easy to operate, the bullet-powered toy features a textured sleeve and a wired controller. Once you slip on the sleeve the stretchy TPE moulds to the head of the penis so you won't miss a single sensation while exploring the 4 vibration intensities. Pull down the head and shaft or just leave the sleeve tingling on the tip - the way you play is up to you.
Tracey Cox has taken to Twitter to show her support for #SmearForSmear.
The #SmearForSmear hashtag, cervical cancer's answer to the Ice Bucket Challenge, has flooded Twitter as thousands of females showcase their best smeared lipstick selfie with the aim to raise awareness about cervical cancer and to encourage women to attend a smear test.
The charity behind the viral campaign is Jo's Trust, a cervical cancer charity dedicated to providing support and raising awareness about the disease.
Tracey's own experience with cervical cancer means that she is particularly passionate about the movement.
"I had severe cervical cancer - one step off invasive - when I was 30 years old. If I hadn't had a smear test, the doctors said I would have been dead within two years," says Tracey.
"Getting a regular smear test stops it ever getting to the frightening stage, because if caught early enough, there's rarely a problem. I've spent my life telling all my friends to get regular smear tests. They all dutifully go now and love knowing they're safe and healthy. Go for yours NOW!"
A smear test is a method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervix (the entrance to the womb from the vagina). Detecting and removing abnormal cervical cells can help to prevent cervical cancer.
I get dozens of emails every day from woman desperate for tips on how to get their sex drives back. What if I told you simply rubbing a gel onto your thighs or arms could get it back in two weeks?
I've seen this gel dramatically increase the sex drive of several women I know - with startling results - yet hardly anyone knows about it.
Testosterone gels, available on the NHS and privately, boost the level of the hormone which plays a role in our sex drive. We think of testosterone as a male hormone but women also produce it in lesser quantities.
If your testosterone level is low - which can happen pre-menopause, as well as after because the levels fall with age - the urge for sex decreases substantially. Replace what your body isn't producing anymore and you could find your sex drive is back to what it was in your 30s.
"I didn't really expect results because I haven't fancied sex with my husband for about 10 years," said one 37-year-old woman who is a fan of the gel. But by week two, my sex drive came back. I hadn't told my husband I was using the gel because I knew he'd be hurt if he realised I'd only been having sex to please him for years.
Everyone's talking about it; Sex Box, a racy new series, will be hitting Britain's TVs soon, encouraging us to open up about the realities of sex and discuss a topic that is often shrouded in myth, hearsay and uncertainty. Featuring open, honest discussion about sex and relationships, the series is part of Channel 4’s Campaign for Real Sex season which seeks to explore the nation’s expectations in the bedroom and the impact of porn on our love lives.
In this unique programme, three couples take turns to have sex in a soundproof, opaque cube - the Sex Box - before discussing their experience with a panel of experts, including sex, body language and relationship expert Tracey Cox. Post-coital discussion is used by sex researchers to encourage couples to be as open and honest as possible - we can't wait to see what this intriguing experiment uncovers!
So what does Tracey hope the series will achieve, and what does she think the British public will make of it? Read on to find out more.
What's your biggest fantasy? Would you ever act upon it?
Tracey Cox's latest book Dare! explores the fantasies of real women, and tells the true stories of happened when they were transformed into realities.
Why do women often feel ashamed and embarrassed about having a fantasy?
Because women don't like to admit to the lusty, 'filthy' side to their sexuality that absolutely exists. There's lots of recent research that proves once and for all that women are just as voracious about new sexual experiences as men are. That's always been clear if you study women's fantasies: we're not hankering after romantic sexual encounters but very rude ones!
What's the most common fantasy?
Sleeping with a woman. Either with or without him present!
Read the full article here.