Happy, Healthy, and Hard
Experts explain the connection between a man's overall health and his sexual health.
Living a Hard Life
Lamm thinks men want harder erections, even if they don't have ED. The
rigidometer can show a patient objectively how hard his penis is -- hard enough
for penetration, maybe, but not as hard as it could be. The number might be an
incentive for him to improve his overall health in order to make his penis
Having a very hard erection, Lamm says, can enhance a man's sexual pleasure,
or at least boost his self-esteem. Many men are definitely interested in their
penis size, and a more fully engorged erection is the only thing shy of surgery
that can actually make it bigger.
Sharlip's experience, however, leads him to doubt that degrees of hardness
beyond hard enough matter to most men. "I don't think it's important at
all," he says. "As long as it's hard enough to get it in ... I don't
hear patients complaining about rigidity."
The Hardness Factor details a wellness program that Lamm says will
show positive results on a rigidometer in six weeks. It involves exercise,
eating healthy meals, sleeping well, and taking vitamins and supplements. The
book describes the cases of some patients of Lamm's New York City practice who
followed the six-week program and had good results.
But Lamm stresses that his program is only intended to kick-start a lifelong
commitment to healthy living.
"Don't rely on the restoration of your penis' health with drugs such as
Viagra, Levitra, Cialis," he says. "Do whatever you can to preserve and
enhance its function."