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Tumescence Problems And The Too-hard Member: Understanding Priapism

By Author: John Dugan
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Untold men dream of possessing a male organ which maintains its hardness for hours (if not days) on end, believing that such would render god-like status upon a man. In fact, tumescence which lasts for too long a time (as in the condition known as priapism) can be a detriment to male organ health; indeed, priapism is generally considered a medical emergency and is not something to wish for at all. There are basically two forms of priapism, and the one known as non-ischemic priapism, while still serious, is perhaps somewhat less alarming than ischemic priapism.

The difference

Basically, ischemic priapism occurs as "persistent tumescence characterized by little or no cavernous blood flow and abnormal cavernous blood gases (hypoxic, hypercarbic, and acidotic)." What this means to the layman is that it occurs when blood flows into the male organ to allow it to become hard, but then cannot escape, causing the persistent - and painful - tumescence.

Non-ischemic priapism, on the other hand, "is most often secondary to traumatic rupture of a branch of the cavernous artery and uncontrolled pooling of blood into the sinusoidal spaces of the corpora cavernosa." In plain English, the male organ experiences a trauma which ruptures an artery or vessel. Blood flows into the male organ but isn’t trapped there to the same degree as with ischemic priapism. With non-ischemic priapism, there’s a persistent tumescence, but it’s usually not as fully rigid as with the ischemic version and usually comes with no pain (other than the initial pain which caused the trauma in the first place).

Sometimes, non-ischemic priapism may not be due to trauma to a vessel or artery; instead, it may come about because the central nervous system has undergone an injury. And in some other instances, non-ischemic priapism may be a result of treating ischemic priapism via a process known as shunting.

Is it dangerous?

So if non-ischemic priapism is not as serious as the ischemic kind, does a man still need to be concerned about it? The answer is yes. One of the problems that can arise with non-ischemic priapism is that a man has a persistent tumescence - but it’s not a "full" tumescence. And in some cases, he is unable to attain the "full" hardness, without which, penetration during intimacy can become difficult (and in some cases, impossible.) In some cases, there may also be a possibility of infection, which can bring about other issues as well.

Treatment

In the majority of the cases, non-ischemic priapism is self-resolving - meaning that given time the situation heals itself. (Sometimes the application of a cold pack to the male organ - wrapped and not directly placed on the skin - can help to hasten a resolution.) Nevertheless, it’s important to bring it to the attention of a doctor and to discuss whether the best course of action is to "wait and see" or whether other steps should be considered. For example, sometimes a gel might be injected into the male organ which can help block the blood flow to the male organ so that it can soften. (The gel is later absorbed into the body.)

Although non-ischemic priapism is not a medical emergency, it still requires a doctors’ attention. And since a man wants to present his male organ at his best, using a top-shelf male organ health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can help maintain male organ health. It’s best to seek out a crème that contains L-carnitine, as this ingredient has neuroprotective properties that can help maintain proper male organ sensitivity. The creme should also include a combination of moisturizers, such as shea butter and vitamin E, to maintain tone and texture of male organ skin.

Visit www.menshealthfirst.com for more information about treating common male organ health problems, including soreness, redness and loss of male organ sensation. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men's health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.

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