How much semen is it normal to ejaculate?
“Semen comes out the penis with some force, albeit in limited volume. The average semen ejaculation has a volume of 5ml, equivalent to one coffee spoon. The vast majority of men (around 95%) ejaculate 2-8ml of semen. Anything between these values is completely normal. Porn actors always appear to ejaculate a lot more than 8ml – but please don’t view the volumes in porn films as standard, because they are fake. It’s all the result of cunning montage.”
Is there a proper way to clean your penis?
“You don’t need special soap for washing your penis. So long as it’s skin friendly and pH neutral, that’s fine. Even more important than washing your penis is rinsing it well, to make sure no soap residue is left behind. People sometimes wonder what product to use for their pubic hair and whether they should use anything at all. Well, you wash the hair on your head with shampoo, so why wouldn’t you do the same with your pubic hair? There’s no difference, so use shampoo with confidence.”
Is it true you can fracture your penis?
“Yes, it is true. Humans don’t have any bones in their penis that can break, but the tube of solid tissue around the erectile tissue can tear. Such a tear doesn’t go unnoticed. You’ll hear a crunching noise, feel a sharp pain and your erection will disappear; it’ll swell quickly and turn a purplish-blue colour. The missionary position is safest to avoid fracturing your penis – avoid positions that exert a lot of sideways pressure, like the Amazon position with the woman on top.”
If you had to give one piece of advice to men for optimal penis health, what would it be?
“People don’t tend to think of their penis as a reason to eat a more balanced diet, but moving away from the classic Western fare of red meat, saturated fat and sugar does wonders for penis health. In fact, a vegetarian diet is best for your penis, so try to base your plate around fruit and veg. Physical exercise and regular relaxation is also key, as it can help to reduce stress, meaning the urological machinery – of which your penis is part – will work better. Yoga and meditation are a treat for your penis too, particularly if you focus specifically on your lower abdomen. Plus, mental tranquillity keeps anxiety – the biggest enemy of the erection – at bay.”
Prof Dr Piet Hoebeke is the author of Members Club: A User’s Guide to the Penis (Bloomsbury, £14.99). Buy it here.
DISCLAIMER: *Features published by SLMan are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. Always seek the advice of your GP or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health-related programme.