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Pulling Out is In

Pulling Out is In

Hold on now. Wait a minute. Don’t get too excited. If you thought “pulling out” was a feeble and ineffective method of contraception for the reckless and unprepared, well it is. At least at first glance. But given that at least 38 million couples use it worldwide, coitus interruptus warrants a second look. Coitus interruptus, […]

Sexual Health Pop Quiz #2

Sexual Health Pop Quiz #2

You may call me a stern and demanding taskmaster, but because the last one was so much fun, it’s time for another pop quiz on men’s sexual health. This one is based on real-life, case-based questions. 1. In anticipation of a romantic encounter with his partner, and to help him be the best that he […]

Infertility: Window into Men’s Minds

Infertility: Window into Men’s Minds

Recently, sitting face to face with an infertile patient, I asked him what the first thing was that came to his mind after being told that he had no sperm count. After a short silence in which his eyes gazed downward and then back again toward me, he stated, quietly “I thought it might be the […]

No Men. Just Sperm.

No Men. Just Sperm.

We saw it coming. We created stem cells from testis tissue and published it earlier this year and I mentioned previously that it should be possible to do the opposite and create spermfrom stem cells. Well, as announced yesterday from a research group in Britain, that possibility is closer to becoming a reality. Sperm created […]

Breakfast: The Best Fuel For the Engine

Breakfast: The Best Fuel For the Engine

Most Americans wake up, rub the sleep out of their eyes, clean up and rush out the door. Breakfast is an afterthought. But soon after that, stomachs start to growl for some food energy. But by now it’s gotten a bit too late, and no oatmeal or egg will suffice. It’s time for doughnuts, or […]

Pop Quiz on Men’s Sexual Health

Pop Quiz on Men’s Sexual Health

Ok, you have been reading about men’s health on this blog for months. Now it’s time for a little quiz. Number two pencil’s out? 1. True or False: Real men don’t cry or express emotion. False. Ever see Marlon Brando in Streetcar Named Desire, yelling Stella’s name in the streets? Too bad that men who […]

Testosterone, Steak and Eggs

Testosterone, Steak and Eggs

Testosterone is one misunderstood molecule. It has such great influence over the human body that it has gained a reputation, a mystique. Society associates testosterone with Arnold Schwarzenegger (circa 1980s), with strength, virility, aggression, violence, square jaws and six-pack abs. We also tend to blame it for certain male tendencies and traits in our society, […]

You Are The Pill That You Eat

You Are The Pill That You Eat

At some point as we evolved, well after the Neolithic period, we started thinking that there must be a better way to get nutrients, something faster and more efficient, than through the food we have eaten for tens of thousands of years. Our fantasy of the future was encapsulated with TV shows like The Jetsons […]

The Prostate: All You Ever Wanted to Know

The Prostate: All You Ever Wanted to Know

As a man ages, he is more likely to look at travel experiences as a series of restroom stops. He might begin navigating his way to the grocery store, the gas station or to a friend’s house for poker based on whether or not there’s a restroom conveniently located nearby. This may sound like the […]

How Are Stem Cells Like Wine Grapes?

How Are Stem Cells Like Wine Grapes?

Silicon Valley started in a small garage across the way from Stanford University by one man named Hewlett and another named Packard. There’s an historic plaque on that garage now, and a worldwide industry surrounds it. Stem cell research has just as much potential. Last week, I mentioned that I was a believer, that I […]