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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 harder.

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."

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Reviewed on January 01, 2005

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