On Fast Guys And Other Seminal Matters
Mankind has forever been obsessed with seminal matters. Miraculous qualities have always been ascribed to this rather ordinary body fluid by nearly every culture in human history. Almost everyone has heard sometime or the other the fantastic ‘fact’ that one drop of semen equals forty drops of blood. (This is only a conservative average guesstimate!) Hence, it is rather surprising that the human race hasn’t bled itself into extinction by now, given the enormous volumes of seminal fluid that are lost every day in every part of the world.
The total quantity o a man’s semen has been assumed to be a valuable lifetime constant from which all release has to be rationed very frugally. It is almost like every man comes down from the heavens with just one lot (small urn) of semen, his pre-determined quota. Though this hypothetical ‘constant’ quantity has never really been determined, and the quotas for rationed release never specified, loss of semen has nonetheless been associated with debility. Even today, it is not uncommon to see educated, successful, widely traveled men oh pause complaining of severe ‘total body weakness’ and assorted debilities from head to toe because they believe that they have lost too much semen. Quacks and fraudulent sexologists help quite considerably in perpetrating this myth. In fact, for many, this myth is very necessary for their livelihood.
The roots of this phenomenon can probably be traced to a heinous conspiracy that has been hatched by family elders and clergymen aeons ago. What must have actually began as a petty scare to keep sexually errant males in tow, eventually became a widespread and deeply entrenched belief across most cultures. This explains why many members of the medical profession are not exempt from this belief either. When a doctor himself herself believes that loss of semen causes ‘weakness’, what chance does the poor patient have?
It is interesting to note that the vas deferens between men and women , who actually lose measurable quantities of menstrual blood every month, do not suffer from any such weaknesses.
‘But is there no truth whatsoever in these beliefs about semen?’ I can still hear the skeptics among you ask, incredulously. The answer is an emphatic ‘No!’ Seminal fluid is a dynamic body fluid. It is produced by the body with one express purpose, viz. expulsion from the body to the exterior. Semen cannot be conserved and stored inside the body for indefinitely long periods, no on the fast guys and other seminal matters how hard a man might try. The glands that store semen are very small and have a capacity of only a few milliliters. They have to be emptied regularly so that freshly produced semen might take the place of effete semen. If the semen Is not expelled into the vagina by intercourse , and not even released by masturbation facts, it will automatically find its way out as nocturnal emissions during sleep anyway. There is no way that seminal fluid can be kept locked up inside the body. Semen is not produced from blood either, like many have been erroneously led to believe. Furthermore, the vital component in semen, the spermatozoa or sperms, have a finite life span, and, if not utilized for fertilization of the ovum in that time, will perish. Semen is thus, just a fluid produced by the body for release to the outside, like swear, urine and tears. It is intended by nature to be routinely thrown out of the body, without any deleterious consequences whatsoever. Yet, myths about semen loss induced debility abound to an extent that seriously affects the well-being of human males all over the world. I see men every day, from all cultures and strata, presenting some kind of complaint related to loss of semen. Some come in trembling, some come with severe anxiety-depression, some, who are students, have failed the same exam several times, some are unable to marry until this ‘weakness’ is cured, some have become ‘impotent’ because of excessive masturbation , some feel electric shocks going down their spine because they’ve lost too much semen, some have lost twenty kilograms of weight, some have become totally anorectic, some have developed severe ‘nervous weakness’ -you name the symptom, and I’ll show you evidence that somewhere, someone is blaming masturbation for having caused it. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that quacks are having a rollicking time, and are laughing their way to the banks.
Another semen related condition that is very poorly understood by most laymen is ejaculation. Though ejaculation often occurs normally, and is an intensely pleasurable and straight –forward experience for most men, it is actually an extremely complex phenomenon that is regulated by many different systems.
Erotic films and literature depicting ‘bucketfuls of cum’ squirted several feet by monstrous phalluses can flummox even the best informed. The magnitude of sexual misinformation that’s floating around is unbelievable. One educated guy actually told me, ‘C’mon doc, are you trying to tell me that all of it is trick videography? How can anyone fake penis size, for God’s sad in the sack? They’re showing the whole man in the shots, not just his penis. And they actually show the semen gushing out from the tip of the penis. In fact, the camera zooms in on it. how can you say that all of it is make-believe, doc? You’re just saying it to make me feel good.’
What could I say…? Some misconceptions are so deep-rooted.
However, PE seems to be nature’s original design. The Kama Sutra has, in fact, classified PE as one of several normal ejaculatory patterns. PE actually seems to confer an evolutionary procreative advantage on humans. Early man’s environs were dangerous and he often had very little time in which to impregnate his partner and ensure propagation of the species. The continuation of this atavistic PE streak perhaps explains the preponderance of the condition in modern man. It appears, in fact, that the ability to prolong ejaculation time has to be learnt, and that it does not come naturally to humans. Masters and Johnson descried exercises for this thirty years ago. Today, in many societies in many parts of the world, there is more recreative sex than procreative sex on the whole and men do not have Darwinian excuses for their premature ejaculatory any longer.
The spectrum of PE is vast. Some men ejaculate at the mere thought of coitus. For such people, sex is truly just ‘between the ears.’ Others last long enough by average standards but are yet unable to gratify their partners. There are many reasons for this. Female sexual gratification is quire complex and is more than just a function of peno-vaginal thrusting and ejaculatory competence. Therefore, men just acquire additional love-making skills.
Attempts have been made to measure PE objectively using many different methods. Researchers have actually placed stop-watches and pelvic thrust counters in patient’s bedrooms! None of these methods, however, has proved ideal. The American Psychiatric Association’s DSM IV defines PE as ‘Persistent of recurrent ejaculation with minimal stimulation before, during, or after penetration and before the patent wishes it’. Even this hasn’t been standardized. Many additional parameters, notably the importance of physical factors (increasingly incriminated in PE) need to be incorporated. It is now known that injury to the sympathetic nervous system (for example, following surgery for abdominal aortic aneurysm), pelvic fractures, prostatic hypertrophy and prostitutes, urethritis, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, local genito-urinary venereal disease , sensory impairment, polycythemia and polyneuritis can all cause PE.
Despite claims to the contrary, PE can be extremely difficult to treat. Every system of medicine, and every culture boasts its own unique ‘cures’ for the condition. Since PE is often a psychological disorder, even substances without any real pharmacological effect on the ejaculatory apparatus can seem to work by the mere power of suggestion (placebo). Some decades ago, psychosexual treatment methods gained tremendous popularity. One such was the ‘start-stop’ method, which was popularized by Semans and Helen Singer Kaplan. The other was the ‘squeeze’ technique described by Masters & Johnson. These held sway for many decades, largely because of the unavailability of other treatment methods. However, the initial success rates claimed with these were not sustainable and, over a period of time, he success rates had dwindled to twenty-five percent. Besides, these techniques are very tedious to employ and unsuitable for today’s supersonic age.
Nowadays, research is centered on understanding the central and peripheral neurological control of the ejaculatory process and regulating it with drugs. The various treatment options available for PE today include correction of underlying causes, pharmacological therapy (some new promising drugs are coming up), topical application, psychological treatment and, more recently, even microsurgery.
Take Home Message:
Myths about the deleterious consequences of semen loss abound. All of these are baseless. Loss of semen does not cause any weakness.
Premature ejaculation (PE) is the commonest sexual dysfunction. Causes can be both psychological and physical. Many treatment options are available, including new effective oral drugs.