Every men sure had experience this: you wake up with a “morning wood” the slang for morning erections, and you desperately have the urge to pee, which makes the process difficult. The question is, is this normal? Read on to know the answer.
An Overview of the Anatomy of the Penis
The parts of the penis for erection are:
- Corpora Cavernosa – The two chambers of the penis which are filled with blood vessels arranged like a sponge. During stimulation, blood fills the spaces in this spongy structure to build an erection.
- Glans – The head of the penis that is covered by foreskin or the prepuce. During circumcision, the foreskin is removed which exposes the glans permanently.
- Corpus Spongiosum – A sponge-like tissue that runs along the front of the penis and ends at the glans. It keeps the urethra open during erection.
- Urethra – Is the channel to pass out urine and semen during ejaculation through an opening called “meatus”
The Process of Erection
During sexual arousal, the blood vessels of the corpora cavernosa start to open up and relax. Blood rushes through the blood vessels, fills them up and gets trapped to create an erection.
A membrane that surrounds the corpora cavernosa helps in trapping the blood to sustain an erection. When penile muscles contract, it stops the filling of blood and opens up outflow channels to gradually stop erection.
Different Types of Erection
This may sound funny but not all erections are created equally. In fact, men have the ability to produce 3 types of erections, namely, psychogenic, nocturnal and reflexogenic.
This type of erection is the result when the brain passes down messages through spinal cord and into the sacral area. This means that psychogenic erections are caused by a perceived stimuli, images or thoughts.
Morning Glories, Morning Wood, or Nocturnal Penile Tumescence (NPT) is the erection that occurs during sleep or upon waking up. The exact reason why this type of erection happens is still unknown but certain theories may explain its occurrence. One possible reason is that during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, the neurons responsible for the release of norepinephrine–noradrenergic cells, shuts off. These cells are thought to be associated with the inhibitory tone of the penis, when switched off, it induces the testosterone dependent excitatory tone of the penis which will result to an erection.
Reflexogenic erection is believed to be an involuntary process and can occur without sexual stimuli. A full bladder is said to be responsible for it. The nerves that control this reflex are located in the sacral nerves of the spinal cord which can also be stimulated when a man has full-bladder.
By knowing these three types of erections, it turns out that an erect penis isn’t only served for sexual intercourse. Somehow, it’s the body’s natural way of keeping your penis healthy with or without sexual activity.
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What to do When You Want to Pee With an Erection?
Some say that it is impossible to pee if you have an erection. Well, it’s all about building a strategy so you can pee when you need to pee.
Aiming at the toilet can seem impossible without hurting yourself. So don’t force it. The best response to this is to allow your erection to partially relax. Even so, after succeeding on this part, you still need to work on getting your stream to start flowing.
When you start peeing with an erection, you may feel some bits of pleasurable feelings but it quickly goes away. Some people may feel some difficulty in peeing as if your urethra is being pinched and they really try hard to pee. But all of that is completely normal.
In addition, during sexual stimulation and erection, a little muscle blocks the passage of urine to the urethra to allow the seminal fluid to pass through the channel during ejaculation. In this event, a man has to wait for his erection to partially subside to be able to urinate again.
A normal male body has a special system that prevents ejaculation and urination at the same time. This is possible because of the contraction of the muscles at the base of the bladder which closes the pathway that connects the bladder and the urethra. This makes urine impossible to leak during ejaculation. That is also the reason why men are having a difficulty urinating during a hard-on.
However, when you felt something unusual in your body, that can be an enough reason to pay for a doctor’s visit. You can speak to your physician about your concerns to see if what you are experiencing is normal. He can also refer you to an urologist to perform a thorough medical examination regarding your condition. It is also a good idea to always have an annual health assessment to keep you healthy as always.