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In search for an erection.

First, a joke!

What do you call a man with a small penis?
Just in!

However, having a man with a small penis is not a problem for most women. Women say size does not matter! The real problem is having a man with a limp penis. This is a major hassle for most women and a headache for men affected by erectile dysfunction. It is not a joke and has led to many men searching high and low for an erection. So, if you do have one, don’t waste it!

ED can lead to strains in relationships

This all came about because I saw a video of a lady selling herbs and potions for a big erection somewhere in Lagos. She swore she had made many men happy with her concoctions and in fact some customers attested to the fact. Truth or a blatant lie! Who knows and who really cares?

A female herb seller. For illustration purpose only. Courtesy,

Another joke!
My wife had an old computer that just got fixed. She turned it on and it asked for a password. So she asked me “What is the password?” I replied “My penis”. Two seconds later she came back and said, ‘It says, it’s too short’.

Let’s continue with our discussion.

This woman in Lagos even said she had drugs for penile enlargement. Apparently, you simply rub it on and see your penis grow. You stop when you have the size of your dreams! Funny, it did not seem that she had big breasts or big hands for someone selling such a potent organ enlargement drug! Be careful it does not lead to your penis falling off!
The sad fact though is that some men believe in it and appear seemingly ready to try on drugs that can damage even their kidneys. All for the sake of an erection. There are many such drugs and certain natural supplements that appear to show promise for improving mild sexual dysfunction, but they lack robust human evidence. For many of the products, there is no scientific evidence to support claims they can improve libido or enhance sexual performance. There are however stories of sudden deaths in the throes of passion, usually of elderly gentlemen on much younger women.
You see, some of these drugs contain poisons or impurities or even traces of real drugs that may harm people with heart diseases leading to death.

And another joke!
I guess those penis enlargement pills are working, you’re twice the dick you were yesterday!

Okay, let’s get serious again.

Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse. Having erection trouble from time to time isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. It happens to all men depending on age and circumstances. If ED is an ongoing issue, however, it can cause stress, affect your self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems.

There are many causes including medications, chronic illnesses, back pain, poor blood flow to the penis, drinking too much alcohol, or being too tired. Drugs (prescription drugs) such as tablets for hypertension are an important cause of ED. Some of the drugs cause problems with maintaining an erect penis.

Problems getting or keeping an erection can also be a sign of an underlying health condition. So, poor erection may be a sign of trouble with the heart or the kidneys. There is certainly a link between ED and heart disease. Therefore, it may be a reason to get a full medical examination and may be a life saver if such a disease was discovered.

How is it treated?
I hope you understand that it is not treated by the woman on the streets of Lagos. Those concoctions can do you harm. You need to first examine your specific circumstances. Are you above 50 years and still expecting a hard erection, all the time? Time may not be on your side so learn to accommodate some failures.

In similar vein, find other ways to please and satisfy your partner. Drop me a line for tips and tricks! Secondly, stay with a trusted partner, someone that understands you and can be patient with you. She can protect your secret and reduce your stress level. Discuss things with your partner and laugh about it. Again, do not waste an erection when you do have it!

As mentioned above, get a full medical examination and ensure that your heart is functioning well. This is important since drugs for ED can affect the heart. So we need to make sure your heart can take a strong erection! You may need to start with a small dose to see the effect and to know how much is enough for you. It also helps to know how long it will take to get a good erection, ready for action. How long will it last?
The last joke!
The pastor said, ‘Touch the television and touch the part of your body that needs healing’. The husband did, touching his private parts. The wife said, ‘John, the pastor can heal the sick, not wake up the dead’.

Image for illustration purpose. Courtesy of

One of the major problems is reduced blood flow to the penis, so improving the blood going to the penis may help in solving ED. There are devices and machines that can help stimulate the development of new improved blood supply to the penis for longer lasting solution.

There are solutions you know, but these are not necessarily on the streets of Lagos.

Enjoy your day.

Dr Biodun Ogungbo, MBBS, FRCS, FRCSEd, MSc, a Contributor to Newspackng, is a neurosurgeon with Brain and Surgery Consortium at 8 Buchanan Crescent, Off Aminu Kano Street, Wuse 2, Abuja.

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