MEN

In Barbados, the BFPA plays a crucial role in advocating on safe sexual practices. This is particularly important in relation to men’s health as men are still more reluctant than women to take care of their sexual and reproductive health.

Practice Safe Sex Guy's! 

Safe Sex primarily refers to using a barrier method such as a male or female condom during sexual intercourse or oral sex. The condom acts as a shield, protecting both partners from coming into direct contact with genital fluids such as semen. The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) make the point that when the penis or vagina is covered, there is no skin-to-skin contact, reducing the spread of STIs like genital warts and herpes. But condoms are not foolproof as they don’t cover areas of the body such as the scrotum or labia. The BFPA also recommend that you use condoms on sex toys if you share them with other people, and to use a new condom each time. The use of lubricants is also a safe sexual practice when used in conjunction with a condom as lubricants help reduce the friction that happens during sexual intercourse, which can result in condoms tearing.

Stay Active

Try to engage in a combination of vigorous and moderate aerobic exercises, such as running, walking or swimming. Squeeze in strength training at least twice per week by lifting free weights, using weight machines or doing body weight exercises. ~ Mayo Clinic

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), are generally acquired by sexual contact. The organisms that cause sexually transmitted diseases can pass from person to person via blood, semen, or vaginal and other bodily fluids.

Sometimes these infections can be transmitted nonsexually, such as from mother to infant during pregnancy or childbirth, or through blood transfusions or shared needles.

It's possible to contract sexually transmitted diseases from people who seem perfectly healthy, and who may not even be aware of the infection. STDs don't always cause symptoms, which is one of the reasons experts prefer the term "sexually transmitted infections" to "sexually transmitted diseases."

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can have a range of signs and symptoms, including no symptoms. That's why they may go unnoticed until complications occur or a partner is diagnosed. Signs and symptoms that might indicate an STI include:

  • Sores or bumps on the genitals or in the oral or rectal area

  • Painful or burning urination

  • Discharge from the penis

  • Unusual or odd-smelling vaginal discharge

  • Unusual vaginal bleeding

  • Pain during sex

  • Sore, swollen lymph nodes, particularly in the groin but sometimes more widespread

  • Lower abdominal pain

  • Fever

  • Rash over the trunk, hands or feet

Signs and symptoms may appear a few days after exposure, or it may take years before you have any noticeable problems, depending on the organism.

What is the Prostate Gland?

The prostate is a gland found only in males. It functions to make some of the fluid found in semen, and is situated below the bladder, and in front of the rectum. The size of the prostate changes with age, so in younger men it is about the size of a walnut, but can be larger in older men. Just behind the prostate are glands called seminal vesicles that make most of the seminal fluid. The urethra, is the tube that carries urine and semen out of the body through the penis, and goes through the center of the prostate.

Men should be examined yearly to ensure the health of their prostates and to check for prostate cancer, which occurs when cells in the prostate gland begin to grow uncontrollably. 

Signs that warrant an examination:

  • Difficulty in urinating – hesitancy

  • Frequent urination (a need to void in a hurry)

  • Painful urination

 I feel fine why do I need a test?

There are types of prostate diseases that are ‘silent’. That is, they do not present symptoms, and because many men develop prostate problems in the middle or later years, doctors recommend all men of 40 years undergo annual prostate exams.

Did you know that men can also get genital yeast infections?

Yeast infections can cause a reddish rash and white patches on the penis.

Other conditions that affect the penis...

Inflammation of the head of the penis (balanitis) might cause pain and a foul discharge.

Peyronie's disease, a chronic condition that involves the development of abnormal scar tissue in tissues inside the penis, might result in bent or painful erections.

Speak To Your Doctor If You Notice

  • Changes in the way you ejaculate

  • Bleeding during urination or ejaculation

  • Warts, bumps, lesions or a rash on your penis or in your genital area

  • A severely bent penis or curvature that causes pain or interferes with sexual activity

  • A burning sensation when you urinate

  • Discharge from your penis

  • Severe pain after trauma to your penis

  • Abrupt increases in sexual desire, particularly in older men

  • Significant declines in sexual desire

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BFPA FORMERLY BARBADOS  FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION

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