Monday, January 02, 2006

Erection Faq's

What is an erection?

An erection is the body’s natural response to sexual stimulation, where the penis inflates with blood and becomes hardened and erect. An erection usually causes the penis to stand up and away from the body. Erections will go away after ejaculation, which is the release of seminal fluid through the urethra, or after any psychological or physical sexual stimulation stops, which may or may not result in ejaculation.

What are wet dreams?

‘Wet dreams’ are the result of ejaculation during sleep. It is normal for men to have several erections throughout the night, and when coupled with sexual thoughts or dreams, can result in ejaculation. They are normal, and usually more common during puberty than in adult life, but can occur any time.

What causes an erection?

Erections usually start with thoughts or feelings of a sexual nature. These then translate into messages that travel along the nervous system to the tissues of the penis, where the smooth muscles in the walls of the arteries loosen to increase blood flow to the penis. Physical stimulation to the penis (or other erogenous zones of the body) can also cause an erection, by teasing the brain into the ‘sexual mode’.

Can you get too many erections?

What is normal for one man may be completely abnormal for another, so this number changes for every man. Some men experience many erections every day, where others may experience only one or two a week, or less. The hormones that affect erections fluctuate with age, sexual maturity, level of sexual activity, and the amount of sleep a man is getting. Unless erections are happening often enough to cause discomfort or pain, frequent erections shouldn’t be a problem. Talk to your doctor if you're concerned, as they’ll have the answers you need to feel comfortable with your personal rhythms.

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