john_lloyd_shaina_rumors_denied.jpgRumors are flying about John Lloyd Cruz and Shaina Magdayao's alleged trip to St. Luke's Hospital some two weeks back due to "penis captivus," and although Star Magic has denied that these are true, as Spot.PH reports, tongues are still a-wagging.


STAR MAGIC DENIES THE RUMORS


According to Star Magic, ABS-CBN's talent management arm and handler of both actors, John Lloyd and Shaina weren't even together on the day in question--Shaina was taping for TV project Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Alyna, while John Lloyd was busy with his own commitments to Imortal.

Star Magic went on to send a press statement to PEP.ph and other media outlets saying the following:

"The reports of a couple 'stuck' together and rushed to a hospital are obviously a hoax and the work of the sick minds. It is pitiful that some members of the entertainment press and public would want to lend credence to this piece of black propaganda. We laugh at this latest attempt to popularize our artists and pray for the souls of the perpetrators."


PENIS CAPTIVUS


But what exactly is penis captivus? Sometimes known as "vaginal headlock," this medical condition occurs "when vaginal muscles very firmly clamp down on the penis, imprisoning the organ," as paraphrased from the British Medical Journal by Spot.PH .

The reference article, which was published in a 1979 issue of the BMJ, goes on to state that accounts of this condition seem to be based largely on hearsay and dramatic embellishment, noting a case of vaginismus with penis captivus from 1923 in which the couple, despite having been separated with the help of a doctor, committed suicide to end their "mental sufferings."

Penis captivus has become something of an urban legend, but it's been associated with other conditions, such as vaginismus. Learn about this and other sexual dysfunctions by clicking on the links below or just going to the next page.



(Photo courtesy of PEP.ph)




VAGINISMUS

According to Vaginismus.com, this is " a condition where there is involuntary tightness of the vagina during attempted intercourse. The tightness is actually caused by involuntary contractions of the pelvic floor muscles surrounding the vagina. The woman does not directly control or 'will' the tightness to occur; it is an involuntary pelvic response. She may not even have any awareness that the muscle response is causing the tightness or penetration problem."

This is the condition most closely associated with penis captivus. However, the condition most commonly manifests itself in burning, pain, or stinging during intercourse. It can also make penetration difficult, even impossible. Fortunately, the condition is entirely treatable.


MALE ERECTILE DISORDER (IMPOTENCE)

While impotence can occur occasionally to just about any man, it's another thing altogether to have it occur repeatedly, such that it causes emotional distress and interpersonal difficulty. PsychNet-UK.com defines it as "the recurrent inability to achieve or maintain an adequate erection until completion of sexual activity. It is not considered male erectile disorder if it is merely an occasional problem or if it does not create distress and interpersonal difficulty."  

There are a number of causes and factors for the condition, including psychological and physical factors--or a combination of both. Treatment likewise varies.


PREMATURE EJACULATION

This condition, according to the Mayo Clinic , is diagnosed when a man regularly ejaculates sooner than he or his partner would like, even before intercourse begins or just after. It's a fairly common condition and is quite treatable, though this may be hampered by a man's reluctance to talk about it or seek help for it. There may be biological and psychological factors to this condition, but generally, counseling and the teaching of sexual techniques can help a man delay his ejaculation.


DYSPAREUNIA

Dyspareunia generally refers to painful sexual intercourse for women, as FamilyDoctor.org defines it. Vaginismus is actually considered a cause for dyspareunia, as is vaginal dryness. Other causes may be growths or abnormalities in the female reproductive organs, notably the uterus, and in nearby organs like the bladder and intestines. There are also diseases that can result in this condition, as well as negative attitudes and misinformation about sex and/or a woman's body.


ANORGASMIA

MedTerms.com defines anorgasmia as the "failure to achieve orgasm (climax) during sexual intercourse. Anorgasmia can result from many causes including stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, worry, guilt, fear of painful intercourse, fear of pregnancy, the undesirability of a partner, the undesirability of a setting, and the use of alcohol, prescription or illicit drugs. In women, this problem is also referred to as 'frigidity,' or female orgasmic dysfunction." This too is frequently treatable with the help of counseling and tutelage in sexual technique.


SEXUAL AROUSAL DISORDER

According to Psychology Today, "sexual arousal disorder is the inability to respond normally during sexual arousal, particularly a woman's inability to generate sufficient lubrication for sex." This doesn't necessarily translate to a complete disinterest in sex--someone with this disorder may be very interested in sexual intercourse but will encounter difficulties getting sufficiently stimulated so as to complete the act. Erectile dysfunction and anorgasmia are known sexual arousal disorders.

Occasional impotence or anorgasmia is normal; however, if this is encountered with regularity, there may be a problem, and affected persons and their partners are encouraged to seek help.


HYPOACTIVE SEXUAL DESIRE DISORDER

PsychNet-UK.com defines hypoactive sexual desire disorder or HSDD as "a deficiency or absence of sexual fantasies and desire for sexual activity. This is considered a disorder if it causes distress for the patient or problems in the patient's relationships. It must be determined that this is not the result of another psychological disorder which is the primary problem."

Periods of stress are one of the key triggers for this disorder, although there are many possible causes for this. The varying causes, as well as the duration of the problem, will help determine the best sort of treatment to seek for managing it. Counseling and psychotherapy are often advised.


The important thing to remember about these disorders is that they are all treatable and/or manageable. Neither are they something to be ashamed of--certainly not enough to fail to seek help for them.


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