Practicing regular penis care is one habit from which every man can benefit. After all, maintaining a healthy penis is a prerequisite for having a happy (and active) penis. In addition to taking typical steps like washing regularly and giving it plenty of exercise, guys need to look into other issues which could adversely affect their manhood. One which has arisen in recent years, surprisingly, is the effect BPAs can have on a healthy penis.
BPA is short for bisphenol A, an industrial chemical that has been used for years in the manufacture of some plastics. Many of these plastics are used with foods and beverages. For example, many water bottles are made of plastics that contain BPAs, as are a lot of plastic take-out food containers and some canned food containers.
BPAs came into the news when it was discovered that using products with BPAs in a microwave – as often happens when a person re-heats their leftover take-out food – may cause the BPAs to leach out of the plastic and into the food. Some studies indicate that this leakage can also occur even when these products are not exposed to significant amounts of heat.
In general, the FDA believes that the amount of BPAs that leaks into bottles or containers over normal usage is small enough to be safe; however, there is concern about the amount that might come from heating these products. In addition, there is some concern that even small amounts might be damaging to young children or fetuses.
The healthy penis issue
So how does all this affect the penis? Again, the jury is still out, but there are some areas of possible concern.
Most prominently, many scientists believe that exposure to PBAs could result in decreased fertility in men. The general rate of male fertility has been declining for several decades, and the reasons for this are still unclear. However, one theory is that chemicals which affect the endocrine gland may be playing a role – and BPAs fit that bill. BPAs can impact the endocrine glands, and in doing so it creates a product which is kind of a copy of estrogen.
In a study involving rats, part of the group was exposed to BPAs and part was not. Male rats in the exposed group had a significantly lower sperm count than those in the group which was not exposed to BPAs. And a study involving men found that those with high BPAs had 23% lower sperm counts.
A 2009 study also found that BPA exposure could result in a reduced sex drive and a much greater likelihood of erectile dysfunction. However, it’s important to note that the men in this study all worked at plants that manufactured products with BPAs; they therefore were exposed to much higher concentrations of BPAs than the normal male would be.
While more studies are needed, it seems likely that long term exposure to BPAs could present a risk to a man’s healthy penis. Limiting that exposure by using containers that are not made of plastic, or that are labeled “BPA free” if they are made of plastic, can be a big help, as can avoiding plastic containers for the purposes of reheating food.
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