A recent study from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm has revealed the importance of regular erections in maintaining penile health. Researchers found that more frequent erections increase the number of cells that enable an erection, highlighting the crucial role that regular erections play in penile health.
The study, conducted by Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University researchers, discovered that fibroblasts, the connective tissue cells, play an important but previously unknown role in erections. These cells respond to the neurotransmitter noradrenaline, causing blood vessels to expand and allowing more blood to enter the penis.
The study found that frequency of erections affected the number of fibroblast cells in experimental animals. Aged mice had fewer fibroblast cells in the penis than young ones, leading to decreased blood flow. The research suggests that it may be possible to combat impotence by training an erection, similar to maintaining muscles through gym training or endurance conditioning by running.
While it was not conclusively proven by the study, researchers believe that training erections may help maintain penile health and function in humans. They also pointed out that while there are some differences between species, basic mechanisms of an erection are similar in mammals.
Crucially, this research highlights that regular erections are essential for maintaining penile health and function and that mechanisms for improving or maintaining penile health may be transferrable from mice to humans.