The Doctors set the sex record straight and give the lowdown on what’s myth and what’s reality.
Does Size Really Matter?
The Doctors send comedienne Loni Love out on the streets to get the long and short on whether the size of a man’s genitalia is truly equated with better female satisfaction.
The Doctors take on the age-old debate: Does a man’s size affect his results in the bedroom?
“Whether you’re a wide receiver, or you go long, it really doesn’t matter. It’s what you do with what you have,” OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. “Women can orgasm from so many different erogenous zones, and the more that a partner knows their partner’s erogenous zones, the more they’ll be able to do with what they have,” she adds.
“Penis sizes are different.” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says. “The average penis length, when not erect, for men, is 3-and-a-half inches. Most men are between 5-and-a-half and 6.2 inches when erect."
“There’s no way to increase the size of your penis,” plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon adds. “So, lose some weight, get those abs in shape, a little manscaping and [your penis] is going to look a lot [bigger]."
Does having sex before a game affect athletic performance? The Doctors discuss how sex, in some cases, may have physical and psychological repercussions that can impact an athlete’s endurance and concentration.
Former Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett and her husband, football player Hank Baskett, join The Doctors to weigh in on the discussion.
“I’m going to have to say it’s a reality,” Hank says. “I never would [have sex] before a big game. If you do it before, I just feel that the body energy would be drained and you wouldn’t be able to perform the same, and might not be as focused.”
“It’s very tempting to [have sex] before the game, but I would never do it,” Kendra says. “I would never want to do it because I would feel so guilty!”
“The evidence suggests that it is a myth,” Dr. Travis explains. “There is no significant drop in testosterone levels, and theoretically it shouldn’t affect your performance. But, I think [that] if you, personally, aren’t up for it beforehand, and you think it affects your performance, then you probably shouldn’t [have sex before a big game].”
Dr. Travis explains why many men become drowsy after having an orgasm.
“When you have an orgasm, a lot of different chemicals are released in your brain, [such as] norepinephrine, serotonin and prolactin. In fact, [elevated levels of] prolactin are associated with sleep.
“There is a difference, though, between self-stimulation, which releases some prolactin, and intercourse, which releases four-times as much prolactin,” Dr. Travis adds. “So, if [a man] is satisfied after sex, think of the sleepiness as a sign of prolactin – not that he doesn’t want to cuddle.”
Dr. Lisa differs in opinion and explains that, “It’s all about the big O, but this time it’s about oxytocin. There is a side effect of oxytocin, which is sleepiness, but [oxytocin] can also cause pair bonding as it rushes though your body.
“That oxytocin is there for you to connect with your partner. [Sleepiness after sex] is a myth. So, guys, get over the sleepiness and cuddle,” Dr. Lisa says.
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Birth Control and Weight Gain
Hannah, 23, has been on oral contraceptives for several years, and her weight fluctuates every time she makes a switch to another type of birth control.
Dr. Lisa explains how to choose the right form of birth control so you can practice safe sex and still maintain your figure.
“There is no myth or reality [with birth control causing weight gain],” Dr. Lisa explains. “It depends on the contraception.
“Basically, any low-dose [birth control] pill is not going to cause you to gain weight, and that’s because everything is balanced. The caveat to this, though, is if you’re a hormone-sensitive person, it may. Sometimes, [women] can gain weight during [their menstrual] cycle, just with water retention.
“But any [form of birth control] that is going to have a higher dosage of estrogen or progestin is going to potentially cause weight gain,” Dr. Lisa says. “So, we worry about that for women who are already overweight.
“You have to talk to your doctor about this. It’s a reality to say, ‘Yes, I’m concerned about weight gain and my contraception’, but just know that the lower-dosage pills are not responsible for weight gain,” Dr. Lisa adds.
Is it possible for your rectum to fall out of your body?
“No buts about it, this is a reality,” board-certified proctologist and colorectal surgeon Dr. David Rosenfeld explains. “But, in reality, [the rectum] doesn’t actually fall out of your body. It’s a prolapse. It comes outward and then goes back in, and the myth is that anal intercourse, one time or multiple times, will cause this, and that’s not true. It’s from pressure. It’s from pushing."
A prolapsed rectum can affect both men and women but it is more common for females. “It’s common in the age groups of 60 to 80,” Dr. Rosenfeld says. “Women have children; they bear to have the children and they weaken the lower muscles. In time, the rectum, which is pretty taut to the bones that we sit on, starts to move and then can come out."
Dr. Rosenfeld uses a prop to demonstrate how rectal prolapse can occur and explains the different treatment options to correct the condition.
A healthy amount of daily fiber and water can help prevent rectal prolapse from happening.
“Water is the lubricant of the colon,” Dr. Rosenfeld says. “It’s like a waterslide. If we don’t have water on the slide and we sit on it, we’re going to stick to it. But the more water we drink – the colon keeps the water inside and makes it lubricated. And with fiber bulking the stool, it slides out much more easily.”
Lighting Up Libido
It’s burning hot, shiny and prescription-free. Dr. Travis explains how a study in Clinical Endocrinology journal found that vitamin D from the sun is a natural way to boost testosterone levels in men. “Just 15 to 20 minutes of sunlight [a day] can raise a man’s testosterone levels by 120 percent,” Dr. Travis says.
“Now, I’m not suggesting you do this, but the research also suggests that [testosterone] increased by a whopping 200 percent when genital skin was exposed to the sun.
“Just like we talk about practicing safe sex, you need to practice safe sun," Dr. Travis adds. "If you’re going to be outside [in the sun] for anymore than 10 or 15 minutes, you have to wear sunscreen."
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