Many readers are aware of a growing trend among some men to use Botox injections to "smooth out" their penis and scrotum skin. Now it has been revealed that there are some doctors using Botox to help a man achieve or maintain an erect penis. Clearly, this raises issues around the subject of penis health and safety, as well as questions about whether these treatments are effective.

About Botox

Most people have heard of Botox, but what is it exactly? Technically, Botox is a brand name which refers to onabotulinumtoxinA, a form of the neurotoxic protein called botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin, in its natural form, is a very dangerous poison, the cause of botulism. The form used in clinical purposes is less dangerous; however, it does carry the risk of side effects, some of which can be serious or even life-threatening.

Botox was originally used as a medicine to fight a range of muscle spasm issues. However, it gained popularity after it was discovered that it could be used to fight wrinkles and smooth out skin, making a person appear younger. Many women (and men) have gone to a doctor and suffered having needles ejected into their faces to remove the evidence of their age.

As mentioned, it was more recently determined that injecting Botox into the penis and balls helped smooth out those body parts as well - and some men have opted for this treatment.

Erect penis use

But there have also been a few studies that focus on what else might happen if Botox was injected into the penis - specifically, would it have any effect on an erect penis? And at least two studies indicate that it can.

Premature ejaculation

An animal study indicated that Botox injections might help an erect penis delay in ejaculating. Since premature ejaculation is a common issue among men - and since even those who typically are not premature may wish to find a way to last even longer - this development could be of interest if it works.

In the animal study, the Botox was injected directly into the bulbospongius muscle, which is used in the ejaculatory process. The injection partially paralyzed the muscle, so that it did not go to work as early as it typically does. In the animal model, typical ejaculation occurred after 6 ½ minutes; those who were Botox injected lasted ten minutes.

A clinical trial in humans is ongoing; it will be interesting to see if there are similar results in human males.

Erectile dysfunction

The other possible therapeutic area for Botox involved getting an erect penis in the first place. In this instance, the drug relaxes the smooth muscle of the penis, which should allow for easier, fuller blood flow into the penis. A small clinical trial in humans was promising, although larger trials are needed to determine its real effectiveness - and what the proper dose should be. (Relaxing the smooth muscle too much for too long could bring about unwanted priapism.)

Men who are interested in using Botox for their erect penis should realize that the FDA has not approved its use for these purposes yet. There is still a lot that is not known, and as stated, there are some substantial risks associated with Botox.

Until more is known about Botox use on the erect penis, guys should explore other ways to maintain their penis health. One reliable way is the daily use of a superior penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) . Check out a crème that includes L-arginine among its ingredients, as this amino acid is a key component of the process whereby penile blood vessels are dilated to become receptive to increased blood flow. The best crème should also include vitamin D which is crucial for proper overall health. Since vitamin D is created by sunlight and since most penises spend little time in the sun, supplementing them through a crème is encouraged.