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A new option for orgasm problems in men

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When men in steady relationships contemplate their sexual woes, erectile dysfunction (ED) is usually at the top of the list. That’s understandable, since 20 to 30 million American men suffer from ED, and ads for drugs such as Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis carpet-bomb our consciousness of it in the media.

But there is another problem in the bedroom that men are sometimes reluctant to talk about and doctors are unlikely to ask about. It’s called anorgasmia—the inability to reach a climax during usual sexual activity.

For men with ED, doctors can prescribe any of several effective medications. Not so for those with delayed or nonexistent orgasms. “It’s a tough problem because there just isn’t a lot out there,” says Dr. Michael O’Leary, an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and a urologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Doctors may now have a new option. Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine report that a drug called cabergoline (Dostinex, generic) restored half of men to normal orgasm. The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association in Atlanta.

The prolactin cure

The study grew out of a basic observation, said lead researcher Dr. Tung-Chin Hsieh. When men have an orgasm and ejaculate, the amount of the hormone prolactin in the bloodstream surges. Cabergoline lowers prolactin levels, which is why it’s used to treat pituitary gland tumors that cause an overabundance of the hormone. Hsieh and his colleagues in the Baylor College men’s health clinic started to prescribe cabergoline “off label” to see if reducing prolactin levels in men might cure anorgasmia.

It apparently did. In the very preliminary pilot study presented at the American Urological Association meeting, Hsieh said that 50 of the 72 men in the study (69%) said their orgasms improved after taking 0.5 milligrams of cabergoline twice a week for an average of 10 months. Of the 50 men who said things got better, half (26) said their orgasm function returned to normal.

New option

There are several important caveats to this study: The cabergoline finding is limited to a single clinic, over a relatively short period of time, in a small group of men taking a single medication, in a trial lacking basic controls for random effects. For example, the men involved in the study might have simply recovered their ability to experience orgasms over time for reasons unrelated to taking cabergoline. In addition, the study looked mainly at the possible effectiveness of cabergoline, not the balance of benefits against the possible risks, like the drug’s potential side effects.

On the other hand, treatment of anorgasmia lacks options to such a degree that any news is good news. Dr. O’Leary, for instance, says cabergoline is now on the table for his patients. “It’s a drug we’re familiar with for a relatively rare condition,” he says. “It’s worth a try and unlikely to be harmful.”

Even if future, more detailed studies show that cabergoline isn’t effective for anorgasmia, it’s important that men understand that difficulty reaching orgasm is a legitimate health complaint. “It’s something that men should feel comfortable talking to their doctors about and there are treatment options out there for them,” says Dr. Hsieh.

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Male Orgasm – GOSHH

What Is The Male Orgasm?

The male orgasm consists of the contraction and pulsating most men feel in their penis, prostate and pelvic areas. These sensations are met by increased heart rate, rapid breathing, muscle tensing, anal, sphincter and pubococcygeus muscle (muscles at the base of the penis) contractions, and an increase in blood pressure, which then result in a massive and sudden release of pressure.


Okay, so that is a little technical for something so pleasurable, but, did you know that ejaculation and orgasm are two separate things? Well it’s true!



Right before orgasm, seminal fluids build up at the base of the penis. This gives the feeling that you are about to ejaculate, (or cum). This is the orgasm, and may be experienced as an intense, tightening and tingling sensation, although each man may experience something slightly different.



Ejaculation is a powerful, spontaneous muscle spasm. This spasm originates at the base of the spine, passes through and uses the P.C. muscle, (see above) and causes the rapid ejection of semen.


Your testicles tighten up close to your body, your urinary tract closes, to allow the semen to exit via the urethra. In conjunction with this, you may experience a sensation of release, together with intense sensitivity of the glans penis (head), shaft and pelvic area.


An average healthy male will ejaculate between 3 and 5ml of semen, and in each millilitre there are between 150 and 500 million sperms.


It is lucky for us that all this physiology, muscle contractions, spasms etc all add up to one of the most pleasurable sensations that it is possible to feel. With practise we can learn to delay or prolong our orgasm and cum. In this way we may enjoy both as separate parts of a fun filled whole experience.


As with most things there are exceptions to this and these reasons can vary. If you experience any problems or have any concerns with orgasm, ejaculation or maintaining an erection you should consult your doctor or a medical professional.



Sex can be both pleasurable and exciting without orgasm or ejaculation.


There are many different types of pleasure for a person to feel and there are many different things that we each dislike.


For some of us orgasm or ejaculation is not the goal or even the end of sex; pleasure is. If striving for orgasm or ejaculation gives you pleasure then, go for it, but if pressure to orgasm or ejaculate is making your sex life miserable then letting go of this as a goal may make sense for you.


If you can relax and express yourself; let yourself feel the sensations, you may well find that you become able to experience sex in a totally different way.

If you are experiencing difficulty relaxing during sexual activity and are worried by this you might consider talking to us so we can refer you to people who can support you to work on it.



Masturbation is stimulating your own body in a way that brings about sexual pleasure, release or comfort. This can be done on your own or with other people watching.


There are many myths around masturbation (wanking), such as:

  • It’s wrong, dirty or unhealthy
  • Only men do it
  • Women who own sex toys, don’t need men
  • It’s a sad, lonely and desperate thing to do


We don’t think any of this is true. Here are a few quick RRP beliefs:

  • It is our right to pleasure ourselves
  • It is a great way to explore and learn about your body and what you like
  • It be a good source of relaxation and stress relief
  • It is safer sex
  • It is normal
  • It can help you to get used to the feel of condoms (practice!)


Yes it can help to lower the amount of zinc in your system, which some believe can affect your mood. If you do not masturbate then nature may take over and may produce nocturnal emissions (wet dreams) to re-balance your zinc levels.


No you will NOT go blind!

These are the seven different types of male orgasms

Which orgasm should I have today? (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro. co.uk)

It’s National Orgasm Day and in honour of the occasion, we’ve explored the many ways men can climax.

Most people are familiar with a standard ejaculation during sex or while masturbating, but there are other options to try – some of which could intensify your experience.

Get comfortable and settle in for some educational fun that could boost your orgasm game, with top tips from Annabelle Knight, sex and relationships expert at the sex toy website, Lovehoney, on how you can get yourself off.

Are you a woman? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered as well (and lucky you, because you have 12 types of orgasms to choose from).

Ejaculatory or ‘standard’ orgasm

You’ll be familiar with this one.

The ejaculatory orgasm can happen during both sex and masturbation, and is essentially the bog-standard climax that most men know and love.

But have you ever wondered what actually happens in the penis when a man comes?

‘When a man is stimulated physically or psychologically, he gets an erection,’ Annabelle tells Metro. co.uk.

‘Blood flows into the corpora – the spongy tissue running the length of the penis – causing the penis to grow in size and become rigid. The testicles are drawn up toward the body as the scrotum tightens.

‘Semen – a mixture of sperm (5%) and fluid (95%) – is forced into the urethra by a series of contractions of the pelvic floor muscles and prostate gland and then leaves the penis in a process called ejaculation.’

Blended Orgasm or whole body orgasm

It’s not as difficult as you might imagine.

A blended orgasm is essentially when you climax while several areas of your body are being stimulated simultaneously.

For instance, if your partner is playing with your nipples, clitoris or G-spot all at once and you orgasm as a result, but are unsure which area is responsible for the delicious feeling.

‘They can occur when you’re in the middle of fast-paced sex, or when you’re slowly building up to the main event,’ said Annabelle.

‘This is a great way to get loads of erogenous zones lighting up all at once.

Wet Dream orgasm

There is a myth that wet dreams only happen to teenage boys during puberty.

While this is usually the case, adults – both women and men – can have them too.

The dream does not need to be erotic for this to happen (only 8% of dreams feature sexual content) so don’t be alarmed if you wake up in a small puddle of sperm after having a dream about running through a field, dressed as a flamingo.

Let’s try multiple orgasms tonight, honey (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Multiple Orgasms

There are two types of multiple orgasms and not all men have had them.

The first version is where you climax, take a break – to hydrate, most likely – and then do it again.

However, if your tank is dry, you might find that you orgasm without a release of semen, which is completely normal.

The second variation is the holy grail of orgasms, as they just keep on coming with no resting period required.

‘If you’re hungry for more, try sequential style first,’ said Annabelle.

‘Orgasm, then take a 30-minute to rest (known as the refactory period when the male body recovers post-orgasm, this time lapse increases as men get older) and enjoy the extra oxytocin (known as the love hormone, it is secreted during sex) flooding the brain.

‘Then go back for round two! Two-thirds of men (67%) have experienced multiple orgasms, according to a survey of 1,000 men by Lovehoney.’

Pelvic orgasm

To achieve a pelvic orgasm, you’ll need to work for it.

This can be done through a method known as edging, where you bring yourself to the, well, edge and then stop.

The aim is two-fold; to gain better control of your orgasms and to increase the intensity for when you finally do decide to let go.

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Prostate orgasm

Both men and women have a G-spot that can be stimulated for extra pleasure – but where is it and how should you play with it?

‘The male G-spot is the prostate gland, also known as the P-spot,’ said Annabelle.

‘This pleasurable point is a small walnut-sized gland that is accessed through the anus.

‘It sits inside the body at the base of the bladder and can be most easily stimulated by a partner with a lubed index finger or P-spot toy. It is ultra-sensitive and men can orgasm through it being rubbed gently.

‘Prostate stimulators have been developed specifically for prostate pleasure.’

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A Tried-And-True Technique For Delaying Orgasm


In the context of my busy urologic practice, I am often asked if there is any way to make male orgasms last longer. This area is one where men are jealous of women. I call it Venus Envy. For reasons unknown, nature designed humans so that women can experience prolonged wavelike orgasms, while men can experience brief and thunderous orgasms, five to seven seconds in duration. Wouldn’t it be great, men dream, if we could make that ecstatic sensation last a full minute? Five minutes? An hour? So far, no one has come up with a way to prolong orgasm. However, we have found ways to delay it.

I will go out on a limb and predict that we will find a way to prolong male orgasms somehow, someday. With sex being studied by more scientists than ever before, I believe that researchers will eventually accomplish what most men have been unable to achieve on their own. When that day comes, it will be a great one for men.

In the meantime, many excellent techniques can be employed to delay orgasms in men, prolong the pleasurable sensation that sexual stimulation embodies, and delay ejaculatory inevitability.

With sufficient stimulation to an erect penis, the reflex action of ejaculation is eventually triggered. The amount of time it takes for ejaculation to occur depends on the individual and on the circumstances. The sensation of pleasure involved also may vary with different encounters. A man might experience fireworks and ejaculate very quickly, or he might require an extended period of stimulation in order to achieve climax. The differences in the intensity and pleasure of orgasm are mediated in the brain. These differences entail psychological and emotional factors, such as love, romance, fantasy, physical chemistry, and the level of physical and emotional passion that precedes the orgasm.

What takes place physically during ejaculation is always the same (with minor variations), whether a man is masturbating in a closet or making love under a tropical waterfall with the partner of his dreams.

When a certain level of excitement is reached, a complex chain of nerve impulses signals the muscles in the pelvic floor to contract. (These muscles are located in the perineum, the area between the back of the scrotum and the bottom of the rectum.) These pelvic contractions are accompanied by muscle contractions in other parts of the body, such as the lower back and abdomen, and an increase in the heart and respiratory rates. All of these reflexes make ejaculation a whole-body phenomenon.

When the contractions of the perineal muscles forcibly start to move the semen on its route to the penis, men feel the sensations that tell them they are about to ejaculate. From this point on, ejaculation is inevitable. It is a pure reflex that cannot be stopped. Any effort to delay ejaculation has to be made prior to this point of no return.

In order to delay reaching this point of ejaculatory inevitability, one must get extremely close to the threshold of ejaculatory inevitability and then halt all stimulation and relax all muscles of the perineum and lower back before resuming direct stimulation. With practice, this process can be done multiple times, but it takes a considerable amount of mental, physical, and emotional discipline. Though not medically correct, this technique is sometimes labeled “the continuous male orgasm.” The trick, of course, is to reach a high level of excitation prior to ejaculatory inevitability, back off, reach a higher level of excitability prior to ejaculatory inevitability, back off, and continue this exercise for as long as possible.

A good idea is to start with gentle self-stimulation. One can bring himself to the edge and then back off and repeat the process. The key is to get very close to ejaculatory inevitability and then completely relax all of the sexual organ muscles and cease stimulation to the penis. This exercise, of course, can also be done with a partner, but the principle is the same. Some of my patients use this approach and combine it with the “squeeze” technique, which involves a sharp squeeze of the tip of the penis just prior to ejaculatory inevitability. This maneuver will set the clock back, and then the process starts again. Another approach is called the Valsalva maneuver. Again, one is brought close to the point of ejaculatory inevitability and then increases abdominal pressure by bearing down as if one were having a bowel movement (without, of course, having one). This increased intra-abdominal pressure will have the same effect as pelvic relaxation and the squeeze technique.

These techniques will not create a state of continuous orgasm but will merely prolong the period of sexual excitation prior to ejaculatory inevitability. Learning to resist the temptation of orgasm, which is not easy to do, can prolong the period of sexual excitation. The key thought should be “get close, relax, get closer, relax, and so forth.” With practice, the stop-and-go approach will delay orgasms, increase the period of high-level sexual excitement, and bring a broad smile to all involved.

Ejaculation: What to Expect As You Age

There is little written on ejaculatory issues aside from timing problems (premature and delayed ejaculation) and hematospermia (blood in the semen). However, not a day goes by in my urology practice where I do not see at least several patients who complain about declining ejaculation function.

What does the word ejaculation mean?

Ejaculation derives from ex, meaning out + jaculari, meaning to throw, shoot, hurl, cast.

Trivia: You do not need an erection to ejaculate and achieve an orgasm. A limp penis cannot penetrate, but is very capable of ejaculation and orgasm. 

What happens to ejaculations as we age?

Ejaculation and orgasm often become less intense, with diminished force, trajectory and volume. What was once an intense climax with a substantial volume of semen that could be forcefully ejaculated gives way to a lackluster experience with a small volume of semen weakly dribbled out the penis. 

So what’s the big deal?

Men don’t like meager, lackadaisical-quality ejaculations and orgasms. Sex is important to many of us and getting a good quality rigid erection is foremost, but the culmination—ejaculation and orgasm—is equally vital. We may be 40 or 50 years old, but we still want to point and shoot like we did when we were 20. As the word origin indicates, we want to be able to shoot out, hurl or cast like an Olympian and we want that intensely pleasurable feeling of yesteryear.

The science of ejaculation

Sexual climax consists of three phases—emission, ejaculation, and orgasm. When the intensity and duration of sexual stimulation surpasses a threshold, emission occurs, in which secretions from the prostate gland, seminal vesicles, epididymis, and vas deferens are deposited into the urethra within the prostate gland. During ejaculation the pelvic floor muscles contract rhythmically, sending wave-like contractions rippling down the urethra to forcibly propel the semen in a pulsating and explosive eruption. Orgasm is the intense emotional excitement that accompanies the physical act of ejaculation.  

Big head versus little head

Ejaculation is an event that takes place in the penis; orgasm occurs in the brain.

The process of emission and ejaculation is actually a very complex and highly coordinated neurological event involving several specific centers in the brain (amygdala, thalamus and other areas), spinal cord and peripheral nervous system.

What makes up the love juices?

Less than 5% of the volume of semen is actually sperm and the other 95+% is a cocktail of genital juices that provides nourishment, support and safekeeping for sperm. 70% of the volume comes from the seminal vesicles, which secrete a thick, viscous fluid and 25% from the prostate gland, which produces a milky-white fluid. A negligible amount is from the bulbo-urethral glands, which release a clear viscous fluid (pre-come) that has a lubrication function.  

What’s normal volume?

The average ejaculate volume is 2-5 cc (one teaspoon is the equivalent of 5 cc).  While a huge ejaculatory load sounds like a good thing, in reality it can cause infertility. The sperm can literally “drown” in the excessive seminal fluid. 

Why does the seminal tank dry with aging?

As men get older, there are changes in the reproductive organs, particularly the prostate gland, one of the few organs in the body that enlarges with age.

The aging prostate and seminal vesicles produce less fluid; additionally the ducts that drain the genital fluids can become clogged. In many ways, the changes in ejaculation parallel the changes in urination experienced by the aging male. Certain medications that are used to treat prostate enlargement profoundly affect ejaculatory volume. Additionally, the pelvic floor muscles—which play a vital role in ejaculation—weaken with aging.  

What about the pelvic floor muscles?

The pelvic floor muscles play a key role in ejaculation. The bulbocavernosus muscle (BC) is the motor of ejaculation, that which supplies the “horsepower.” The BC surrounds the inner, deepest portion of the urinary channel. It is a compressor muscle that during sex engorges the spongy erection chamber that surrounds the urethra and engorges the head of penis. At the time of climax, the BC expels semen by virtue of its strong rhythmic contractions, allowing ejaculation to occur and contributing to orgasm.

A weakened BC muscle may result in semen dribbling with diminished force or trajectory, whereas a strong BC can generate powerful contractions that can forcibly ejaculate semen at the time of climax.

How to get the juices flowing again?

Pelvic floor muscle training can be a useful tool to improve ejaculation. The stronger the BC, the higher the ejaculatory horsepower and the better the capacity for engorgement of the erection chamber that envelopes the urethra, resulting in optimized urethral pressurization and ejaculation. The intensified ejaculation resulting from a robust BC can enhance the orgasm that accompanies the physical act of ejaculation.

Written by Dr. Andrew Siegel

Sex: Fact and Fiction

If there were a roll call for the founding fathers of sex myths for men, a couple of no-brainers would surely make the list: porn legend John Holmes, whose yule-log-size penis still casts a shadow over anxiety-prone males. Ditto NBA-great Wilt Chamberlain, whose claim of having slept with 20,000 women makes Don Juan look monastic.

And then there’s purveyor-of-sex-myths Walt Disney.

“I think Walt Disney creates a lot of mythology,” says Seth Prosterman, PhD, a clinical sexologist and licensed marriage and family therapist practicing in San Francisco. “In Disney movies, people fall in love and walk into the sunset, and you get this myth that intimacy is a given once you fall in love, and sexuality is natural and follows that.

In reality, says Prosterman, “Sex is something that we learn throughout a lifetime.”

If sexuality is a continuing education, a lot of us are scrambling to make up course credits. And in a realm that’s clouded by ego, myth and advertising that preys on anxieties, getting the facts about sex can be difficult. What is the average size of the male penis? How long do most men last during intercourse? Can men have multiple orgasms? Does the G-spot exist, and if so, how do I find it?


(Need to talk to the guys about something? Check out the Men’s Health: Man-to-Man message board for straight talk.)

Penis Size: The Hard Facts

“Drastically enlarge the penis length and width to sizes previously thought impossible!” reads a website for the Penis Enlargement Patch. (One envisions a lab-coated mad scientist pouring chemicals on his own penis, then shouting “Eureka!” and phoning the Guinness Book.) Almost anyone with an email account has been deluged by spam for such miracle-growth patches and pills, and the endurance of sex myths may explain the pervasiveness of such ads.

“We equate masculinity and power with penis size,” says Ira Sharlip, MD, clinical professor of urology at the University of California at San Francisco and president of the International Society for Sexual Medicine. “Of course, there’s really no relationship.” Still, Sharlip says, “all” of his patients want to increase their penis size.


The idea that bigger is better is “not just total mythology,” says Seth Prosterman, who has counseled couples since 1984 and notes that some of the women he’s worked with do prefer a bigger penis — aesthetically or “fit-wise.” But, he adds, “For the vast majority of partners, penis size doesn’t matter.”


So what, exactly, constitutes a big penis? Let’s whip out some data:

  • The average penis size is between five and six inches. That’s for an erect penis.
  • The flaccid male organ averages around three and a half inches.

Sex Fact: We Are Not Our Penises

If you had an anxiety hiccup before you read the “erect” qualifier, consider it a metaphor for the danger of jumping to conclusions about penis size — or about the primacy of the penis altogether.

“The idea that the penis is the most important part of your body underlies so many of men’s sexual problems,” says Cory Silverberg, a sexual health educator and founding member of Come As You Are, an education-based sex store in Toronto. “One of the biggest sex myths for men is the notion that we are our penises, and that’s all that counts in terms of sex.”

“It’s a myth that using the penis is the main way to pleasure a woman,” says Ian Kerner, PhD, a sex and relationships counselor in New York City whose book She Comes First offers a guide to “female orgasms and producing them through inspired oral techniques.” In his book, Kerner cites a study that reports women reaching orgasm about 25% of the time with intercourse, compared with 81% of the time during oral sex.


OK, OK, Size Isn’t Important. But How Can I Increase My Penis Size?

Despite the facts, the din of penis-enlargement marketing only seems to grow louder. (“Realize total and absolute power and domination in bed with your partner, with your new-found penis size and sexual performance” screams the ad for the Penis Enlargement Patch.) Men keep chasing after the mythical, mammoth-sized member.

Silverberg says male clients at his store, and in his counseling work, constantly ask him about penis pumps, whose powers of elongation, he says, are a “myth,” although he adds that some men who’ve used them report satisfaction, a phenomenon he explains this way: “I think spending more time paying attention to our genitals will probably increase our sexual health.”

Just the Facts on the G-Spot

If sex myths have such power over men’s thinking about their own anatomy, they have even more sway when it comes to female partners’ bodies — especially the much-debated G-spot.

Named after a German doctor, Ernst Gräfenberg, who first wrote about an erogenous zone in the anterior vaginal wall, the G-spot was popularized by a 1982 book called … The G-spot. This region behind the pubic bone is often credited as the trigger for a vaginal (vs. clitoral) orgasm, and even a catalyst for female ejaculation.


At the same time, the G-spot is commonly derided as perpetuating the myth ensconced by Sigmund Freud — namely, that the clitoral orgasm is a “lesser” form of climax than the vaginal orgasm, which requires penile penetration. As Ian Kerner summarizes, “In Freud’s view, there were no two ways about it: If a woman couldn’t be satisfied by penetrative sex, something must be wrong with her.”

The G-spot’s existence is still debated, and whether it’s fact or fiction depends on whom you ask.

“The G-spot exists,” says Seth Prosterman. “It’s a source of powerful orgasm for a percentage of women.”

“I don’t think the G-spot exists,” says Ira Sharlip. “As urologists, we operate in that area [where the G-spot should be] and there just isn’t anything there — there’s no anatomical structure that’s there.”

Prosterman and others point out the importance of thinking of the G-spot in context — that it may be an extension of the clitoral anatomy, which extends back into the vaginal canal. Kerner writes that the G-spot may be “nothing more than the roots of the clitoris crisscrossing the urethral sponge.”


Helen O’Connell, MD, head of the neurourology and continence unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital Department of Urology in Australia, says, “The G-spot has a lot in common with Freud’s idea of vaginal orgasms. It is a sexual concept, this time anatomical, that results in confusion and has resulted in the misconception that female sexuality is extremely complex.”

In the end, whether this debated locus of pleasure is fact or fiction may not matter that much. O’Connell, who is also co-author of a 2005 Journal of Urology study on the anatomy of the clitoris, says that focusing on the G-spot to the exclusion of the rest of a woman’s body is “a bit like stimulating a guy’s testicles without touching the penis and expecting an orgasm to occur just because love is present.” She says focusing on the inside of the vagina to the exclusion of the clitoris is “unlikely to bring about orgasm. It is best to think of the clitoris, urethra, and vagina as one unit because they are intimately related.”


How Long, Part 2: How Premature Is Premature Ejaculation?

The possibilities for exploring a woman’s erogenous zones may be tremendously exciting — which leads to another source of sex myth and male anxiety: How long can I last? And how long should I be able to last?

Premature ejaculation is “the most common form of sexual dysfunction in younger men” according to Ira Sharlip, and its prevalence is around 20% to 30% in men of all ages.

The medical method of determining premature ejaculation is called “intravaginal ejaculatory latency time” (IELT), a stopwatch-timed duration measured from the beginning of vaginal penetration until ejaculation occurs. However, Sharlip adds, this quantitative measure doesn’t tell the whole story: “There are men who ejaculate within a minute but say that they don’t have premature ejaculation. And then on other end of spectrum, there are patients who are able to last for 20 minutes, and they say they do have premature ejaculation.”

In other words, the definition of “premature” may be largely in the eye (or mind) of the beholder, and depends on men’s sexual satisfaction and their perception of their ability to control when ejaculation occurs.


If you just can’t wait for the numbers, though, a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found “a median IELT of 5.4 minutes.”

Ian Kerner says a common cutoff time used to define premature ejaculation is two minutes, but he adds that many of the men he works with “are not guys who can last a few minutes; they’re having orgasms during foreplay, or immediately upon penetrating. They have a hard time lasting past 30 seconds.”

But a quick trigger is normal, says Kerner. “Men were wired to ejaculate quickly — and stressful situations make them ejaculate even more quickly. It’s been important to the human race. If guys took an hour to ejaculate, we’d be a much smaller planet.”

Sex therapists and physicians offer a number of techniques that can help men manage their anxiety and prolong their time to ejaculation. Several drugs — like some antidepressants and topical creams — have been prescribed by doctors to extend time to ejaculation.

And, contrary to the common perception that distraction or decreasing stimulation is the answer (slow down, think about baseball), some say that giving in to sensation can help address the issue as well. “The way to learn [to last longer] is by getting used to intense stimulation,” says Prosterman, “to increase the frequency of intercourse, and feel every sensation of being inside your partner and enjoy it.”

Come Again? The Mythical Multiple Orgasm for Men

While multiple male orgasm is possible anywhere two or more men are gathered and talking, actual male multiple orgasm is another story. Unlike the more established phenomenon of female multiple orgasm, men’s claims of successive climaxes can stray into the realm of sex myth. At the very least, male multiple orgasm is difficult to verify and may depend on the definition of orgasm.

Prosterman says that the book The Multi-Orgasmic Man popularized “an Eastern meditative process that involves wrapping the PC [pubococcygeus] muscle around the prostate. There’s a valve on the prostate that switches on and off before urination and ejaculation. The PC muscle stops this valve from opening, allowing an orgasm without ejaculation. The idea is to keep doing that five or six times in a row.

“Out of hundreds of guys I know who’ve tried this,” says Prosterman, “I know only one who’s been able to do it.”

Is this man Mr. Lucky, or just prone to poetic license?


A 1989 study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior recorded the testimony of 21 other men who claimed to be multi-orgasmic, but Ira Sharlip says “that doesn’t happen,” referring to the phenomenon of “multiple orgasms in succession over a short period of time — like minutes.” And there’s no such thing as separating ejaculation and orgasm, he says.

Orgasm or Orgasm-esque?

What may be at issue here is the definition of orgasm — which, according to a 2001 Clinical Psychology Review article, has been strikingly inconsistent. “Many definitions of orgasm “depict orgasm quantitatively as a ‘peak’ state that may not differentiate orgasm adequately from a high state of sexual arousal,” the study’s authors wrote.

In other words, those men who report multiple orgasms may be able to achieve orgasm-esque states before they hit the point of ejaculatory no-return. And many men report that strengthening the PC muscles through Kegel exercises allows them to edge closer to this “point of inevitability” without cresting the mountaintop of ejaculation and descending into the gentle valley of the flaccid and the “refractory” period, where the penis is temporarily unresponsive to sexual stimulation.


This refractory period — commonly 30 minutes or more — is an unfortunate reality. While you’re “waiting,” spending that time caressing, kissing, massaging, and nuzzling isn’t so bad. If you are trying to have a second round because your partner wants it, keep sex toys in mind.

And if that recovery period isn’t super quick, you can still enjoy multiple orgasms — you may just need to cancel your afternoon appointments.

Sex Fact: It’s Not Always about the Numbers

In the end, there seems to be a recurring theme in moving beyond sex myths: Don’t get too hung up on the numbers.

So often the key to sexual satisfaction is not about penis size, stamina records, or a technical isolation of the G-spot. Rather, it’s about understanding yourself and your partner’s desires and recognizing that, unlike those Disney characters, real people aren’t born with a perfect, divinely granted understanding of sex.

As O’Connell remarks on the perils of over-privileging of the G-spot, “It is best for partners to explore the precise areas that turn someone on and how a partner likes to be given pleasure. That applies to both men and women, and the idea that there is any consistent ‘magic spot’ in either sex is just tyrannical.”

Understanding Male Sexual Problems — the Basics

What Are Male Sexual Problems?

Problems with sexual functioning are common, affecting more than half of all couples at some time. Although sexual dysfunction rarely threatens physical health, it can take a heavy psychological toll, bringing on depression, anxiety, and debilitating feelings of inadequacy. Male sexual problems, particular erectile dysfunction, may suggest an increased risk of vascular disease, so tell your doctor about it.

The major categories of sexual dysfunction in men include:

  • Erectile dysfunction: sometimes called impotence, it is the inability to have or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual functioning.
  • Premature ejaculation: an inability to delay orgasm and ejaculation, such that it occurs very early in the course of sexual contact, leaving the other partner dissatisfied.
  • Male orgasmic disorder: an inability to reach orgasm (climax) with a partner; or the inability to achieve orgasm without lengthy sexual contact; or the inability to have an orgasm during intercourse. In some cases, orgasm can be achieved only through masturbation or oral sex.
  • Inhibited or hypoactive sexual desire: a disinterest in sexual contact or complete lack of sexual desire.
  • Retrograde ejaculation: the semen, rather than emerging from the end of the penis, moves backward into the bladder during orgasm. This isn’t dangerous. It is often a side effect of taking certain medications.
  • Priapism: a prolonged erection unaccompanied by sexual desire; this rare condition is painfil, potentially dangerous, and requires immediate medical attention.

If your sexual problem only occurs under a particular set of circumstances, or only with certain sexual partners, then your condition is considered to be “situational” rather than “generalized” (occurring regardless of the circumstances or partner).

Many of these sexual conditions will occur at some point during the course of a man’s life. In fact, some researchers only consider a diagnosis of sexual dysfunction if the problem occurs in 25% of all attempted sexual encounters.

What Causes Male Sexual Problems?

Because the sexual response is so complex, involving multiple factors, there are many causes of sexual dysfunction including physical and psychological causes.

An erection involves the nervous and vascular systems (the network of arteries and veins) and appropriate levels of hormones, so problems with any of these systems can interfere with sexual functioning.


Common physical causes of sexual problems include the following:

  • Conditions or behaviors that increase the risk of vascular disease, such as smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity, or the medications to treat these and other disorders
  • Diabetes, especially if you have type 2 diabetes
  • Hypogonadism, in which the testicles do not produce enough testosterone
  • Thyroid disorders(both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism)
  • Adrenal lesions (Cushing’s syndrome)
  • Noncancerous pituitary growths that increase levels of a hormone called prolactin
  • Diseases that affect the nervous system, including strokes, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, long-standing diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease
  • Damage to arteries or veins following pelvic surgery (such as prostate, colon, or bladder surgery) or after radiation treatment
  • Conditions that affect the penis directly, such as Peyronie’s disease (penile curvature) or injury to the penis itself or to the arteries, veins, or nerves that supply the penis
  • Cardiovascular (heart) disease
  • Blockages in the blood flow to the penis (usually due to injury)
  • Leaky veins

Premature ejaculation (PE) is usually not due to physical causes, although the problem is sometimes linked to a neurological disorder, prostate infections, or urethritis.

Possible psychological causes of sexual dysfunction include:

  • Anxiety
  • Guilty feelings about sex
  • Sexual aversion disorder
  • Learned behavior pattern of rapid ejaculation seen with frequent masturbation or infrequent sexual activity

Painful intercourse usually has physical causes such as these:

Lack of sexual desire may be due to any of these factors:

Retrograde ejaculation may occur in men from these causes:

  • Prostate or urethral surgery
  • Medication that keeps the bladder neck open
  • Diabetes (which can injure the nerves that normally close the bladder during ejaculation)

Priapismmay be caused by:

  • Penile trauma
  • Medical conditions such as sickle cell disease, leukemia, gout, diabetes
  • Certain medications, including those used to treat erectile dysfunction

Can Medication Cause Sexual Problems?

Many medications have been implicated in sexual dysfunction, causing inhibited sexual desire and/or erectile dysfunction, such as:

Psychological Factors in Sexual Problems

Psychological factors play an important role. You may find it difficult to enjoy a sexual relationship if:

  • You are under a lot of stress
  • Your relationship is troubled
  • You have a history of traumatic sexual encounters (rape or incest)
  • You were raised in a family with strict sexual taboos
  • You’re afraid of getting your partner pregnant or of contracting a sexually-transmitted disease
  • You have negative feelings (including guilt, anger, fear, low self-esteem, and anxiety)
  • You are depressed
  • You are severely fatigued
  • You are pushing yourself to have sexual relations with someone you are not attracted to sexually
  • Gender dysphoria issues.

Environmental Factors in Sexual Problems

You may find it difficult to enjoy sex if there is no safe, private place to relax and allow yourself to become sexual, or if fatigue due to an overly busy work and personal life robs you of the energy to participate sexually. Parents may find it difficult to find the time to be sexually intimate, given the demands/presence of their children.

Fear of contracting HIV (human immunodeficiency virus, which can lead to AIDS), the difficulties of striving for “safer sex,” and the psychological effects of discrimination are just a few of the factors that can cause anxieties for men.

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Rapid ejaculation – women sometimes consider it to be their partner’s selfishness – can be a psychological rather than a physiological problem for a man. Too hasty ejaculation, of course, is possible as a consequence of long abstinence from sex, but it also occurs as a result of feelings of discomfort at the level of feelings.

The correct choice of posture is associated with the achievement of orgasm not only in women, but also in men. Only for the opposite sex, the visual picture becomes an important factor, which helps to get maximum pleasure. Looking at a woman who looks seductive in different positions plays an important role. So now think about whether to turn off the light before intimate contact.

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Full-fledged orgasm occurs in men who did not greedily attack food the day before.As it turns out, a heavy meal with several types of food can reduce blood flow to the genitals, which will affect the quality of an erection. It’s just that the male body will be busy with the process of digesting food, and there will be no energy for excitement.

During a male orgasm, thinking is practically blocked. Therefore, accompanying passionate sex with conversation is not the best idea. But moans and your personal phrases for arousal are quite welcome.

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It is quite difficult for men to get several orgasms in a row, even if the pleasant intimate process continues.Their bodies need a so-called “break to recharge their batteries.” And here it all depends on the physiological characteristics of your partner. Someone needs to rest 15-20 minutes, someone an hour, and older men may even need a whole day.

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90,000 15 sentimental films for men from Tape.Ru “: Culture: Lenta.ru

Recently the British magazine BBC News Magazine published a list of films that, in the opinion of its readers, can squeeze a tear out of a representative of the strong half of humanity. Of course, we know that men do not cry, especially in film, which means that this list is hypothetical. Despite this “Lenta.Ru” also decided to choose the 15 most sentimental films that could (we repeat, purely hypothetical) squeeze a tear from a real man.

15.Toy Story 3: It has been confirmed that this cartoon is capable of causing tears in adult men, with the most heartbreaking scene of Andy saying goodbye to his toys. It turns out that many men have almost the same feelings for their soldiers as girls for their dolls.

14. “Marley and Me”: Films with dogs, faithful (“Hachiko”) and brave (“Come to me, Mukhtar!”) Very easily find their way to a man’s heart. “Marley” was no exception – the moment when the best friend of the Grogan family was put to sleep forced not only the female half of the cinema audience to cry.

13. Terminator 2: Of course, against the background of other tragic endings, the ending of Terminator 2 does not seem so dramatic. However, a robot sacrificing itself for the sake of humanity, plunging into a red-hot metal, still makes you at least a little sad.

12. “Schindler’s List”: Yes, of course, this film was made specifically to punch the viewer’s emotions, but they manage to restrain them almost to the very end. The defense of a typical representative of the stronger sex does not stand up during the last scene, where the real prototypes of the main characters are carrying pebbles to the grave, leaves no chance.

11. “P.S. I love you”: This film hits the senses on the sly. The author of these lines especially remembered the moment when the main character played by Hilary Swank recalls how her husband Jerry was dying hard. After that, almost instantly, the story becomes frighteningly real.

10. “The Pianist”: Another film about the Second World War, when watching which it is impossible to restrain emotions. One of the most powerful scenes: the prisoners of the camp are forced to lie down on the asphalt, and a German soldier takes turns shooting everyone in the head.But at the last one he runs out of cartridges, and he slowly reloads the pistol …

9. “Up”: Among the sentimental pictures for men, cartoons and Pixar’s “Up” confirm this. In this picture, which essentially tells about the meeting of two loneliness (old and young), there are many moments that only a person with a stone heart can watch without tears. For example, when the whole life of Karl Frederiksen flies before the viewer in a few minutes, with its difficulties, stupidity and joys.

8. The Green Mile: At the mention of this film, everyone immediately recalls the scene of the execution. Tom Hanks’ character shakes hands with John Coffey, and when the electric chair is turned on, he knocks out lamps in the prison. And against the background of this fireworks, the prison guards cry with the spectator.

7. Forrest Gump: Of course, there are many moments in this film worth mentioning, however, the climax is at the very, very end. No, this is not at all a conversation with Jenny at her grave, when Forrest touchingly puts a letter on the stove (because Forrest Jr. forbade him to read it, because it is addressed to his mother).The main moment of the film is when Forrest escorts his son to school and, having put his son on the bus, is left to wait for him on the side of the road.

6. “Guardians”: It would seem that it is a completely unsentimental film by Zach Snyder, enthusiastically telling about human vices. However, Rorschach, shivering in the cold, challenging the blue deity and knowing that he will die, cannot leave anyone indifferent. Subsequent scenes of general happiness and well-being not only do not smooth out the feelings of the death of the protagonist, but only exacerbate them.

5. “Love Actually”: There are many strong and worthy moments in this film, however, it seems, the saddest (and unfair) storyline of the heroine Laura Linney. Remember, she is crazy about her fellow designer, however, when, finally, after two years of fruitless waiting, she can do something with him, everything is spoiled by her psycho brother?

4. “October Sky”: Jack Gyllenhaal had a movie early in his career about a boy from a mining town in West Virginia.It was only possible to get out of this place to college if you were a good enough footballer. So, Gyllenhaal played Homer Hickman, a guy who got sick with space after he heard the news about the first Soviet satellite. In this film, the heart aches not when the protagonist receives a college scholarship, but when the documentary footage from the Hickman archives is shown at the end: there are pictures of an adult Homer, now a living NASA employee, next to a real shuttle.

3.”Leon”: This movie is beautiful from start to finish, but seriously, what can compare to Matilda planting a ficus to the song “Shape of my heart”?

2. “Knockin ‘on Heaven”: Many people love Rutger Hauer’s monologue about the Sun in this film, however, the real culmination here is at the very end. The main characters – Martin and Rudy – go to the sea with a bottle of unfinished tequila. They stand on the beach, listening to the sound of the surf. Martin sits down on the ground, and a few moments later rolls his eyes and dies.To “Knockin ‘on Heaven,” Rudi just sits down next to him …

1. Soviet films about the war: If you wanted to, you could make a whole list of Soviet (and some Russian – for example, “I am a Russian soldier” 95- th year) films about the Great Patriotic War, which do not leave men so indifferent that some cannot even watch TV because of this on the May holidays. “And the dawns here are quiet”, “Only old men are going into battle”, “Officers” and many other films telling about the heroes and just fighters of that old war, all at once cling to all the hidden strings of a man’s soul.

Oscar 2021 – triumphs and disappointments, winners and losers

  • Alexander Kahn
  • Cultural Observer

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Presentation ceremony Oscars “-2021 took place this year not in the Dolby cinema, as usual, but in the building of the Los Angeles Union Station

. film academies, colloquially referred to as “Oscars” for a long time.The winners have been named and cherish the coveted golden statuettes, and now you can try to take stock and understand what the Oscar-2021 brought us

The main winner is diversity

Perhaps the main winner not only of the Oscars, but of the whole current film awards seasons – racial and gender diversity, meaning in English the capacious word diversity.

This victory is the result of a long-standing struggle by women, racial and sexual minorities for greater visibility in cinema – on screen, among filmmakers of various professions behind the camera, among the defining Oscar winners of the Academy members and, of course, among the winners themselves.

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Three 2021 Oscar winners, representatives of three races: Korean Yun Yeo-jong, African-British Daniel Kaluuya and white American Francis McDormand

This struggle has been going on for decades, but after it became especially acute the 2016 scandal in which the overwhelming majority of whites among the nominees spawned the #OscarsSoWhite protest movement and led to the boycott of the Oscars by many black filmmakers.

The culmination of this struggle is the decision taken this year and effective from 2024 on the introduction of mandatory quotas for diversity, without which the film will not be accepted for nomination.

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New rules for considering films nominated for Best Picture Oscars.

The measure is controversial: any mandatory quotas lead to the substitution of political criteria for artistic criteria. However, the Academy believes that they are necessary and that the picture of America’s growing racial diversity is still inadequately portrayed in films.

In 2021, there was no leading category that did not have such a variety among the nominees.Special mention is made of two women out of five candidates for the main individual award – for the best director.


There is a temptation to consider the success of the main triumph of the Oscars-2021 – the film “The Land of the Nomads” from this gender-racial perspective.

Its director Chloe Zhao became only the second Oscar ever (after Katherine Bigelow in 2010 for The Lord of the Storms) a woman and the first woman of Asian descent to win a Best Director.

This victory, following the Golden Lion in Venice, the main prizes at the Golden Globe and BAFTA, turns an almost unknown filmmaker into one of the most sought-after directors of world cinema a year ago.

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Chloe Zhao with two major Oscars – for Best Picture and Best Director

The Oscar for Best Picture was awarded to the film’s producer Francis McDormand, and she did not have time to return to the hall, how she had to go on stage again – for the Oscar for Best Actress.

The film, however, clearly deserves all three of its main awards. This is a clever and humane picture of middle-aged people lost in their lives. She, despite Chloe Zhao’s minimal directorial experience, is masterfully staged, which is especially difficult, given that almost all the characters are not professional actors.

Of particular note is Francis McDormand. “The Land of the Nomads” for her – the third “Oscar” (after “Fargo” and “Three Billboards in the vicinity of Ebbing, Missouri”). In terms of the number of top awards, she caught up with such giants of cinema as Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Daniel Day-Lewis, and is now second only to the winner of four Oscars Katharine Hepburn.

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Frances McDormand wins Best Actress Oscar in Land of the Nomads

I wonder how similar McDormand’s characters are in her Oscar-winning roles. They, like the actress herself, have nothing to do with the glamorous Hollywood stardom. All of them are unassuming women from the American hinterland, but smart and with a sense of indomitable dignity.

Best Actor Award went to 83-year-old British veteran Anthony Hopkins.This is his second Oscar after the memorable Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs in 1991.

We can say that in his face the notorious “white men” refuse to back down. And in fact, the role of an old man with dementia in the film “Father”, losing his orientation in time and space and not even recognizing his own daughter, is an example of outstanding acting skills.

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Briton Daniel Kaluuya with Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Judas and the Black Messiah

Winner of the Best Supporting Actor award – British actor Daniel Kaluuya.He played the leader of the Black Panthers of Chicago, Fred Hampton, in Judas and the Black Messiah, which recreates America’s hottest race in the 1960s.

His hero is the same black messiah, passionate and ultimately giving all of himself and his whole life to the struggle for the rights of African Americans. The film was particularly relevant amid the racial unrest that has rocked America in recent months.

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At the main station in Seoul, people watch with delight as Korean actress Yoon Yeojon receives an Oscar at a ceremony in Los Angeles

The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress was won by 73-year-old Korean actress Yoon Yeo-jeon, who played the role of a grandmother in the film Minari who came to help a family of Korean immigrants living in America.Her award is another testament to the victory of the racial and ethnic diversity of the current Oscars.

Best Original Screenplay was awarded by British debutante Emerald Fennell, who directed her script in the film “The Promising Girl”. Until recently, unknown to anyone, Fennell almost instantly created a strong and confident reputation in world cinema.

Best Cinematography – An exquisitely stylized black and white film of the 1930s by Eric Messerschmitt of the biopic “Munk” about Herman Mankiewicz, screenwriter of the classic “Citizen Kane” by Orson Welles.

I would like to emphasize a category that is rarely mentioned in this kind of reviews. The Oscar for the best sound design was awarded to a whole team of sound engineers who worked on the film “Sound of Metal” about the hearing drummer of a heavy metal rock band. We hear the whole picture through the ears of a deafening hero who is trying to restore his much-needed hearing through an expensive operation.

The sound trembles, is heard muffled, together with the hero we listen intensely, with difficulty trying to make out the words with which others are addressing him.The sound then completely disappears, then breaks through again with a deafening roar. Probably, since the time of Francis Ford Coppola’s “Conversation”, where the legendary sound engineer Walter Murch received a similar award in 1975, there has not been such a virtuoso work with sound in the cinema.

And, finally, the Danish film One of the founders of the legendary Dogma, Thomas Wintenberg, received an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

The award is well-deserved – an intelligent, witty, beautifully staged picture with the brilliant Mudds Mikelsen in the title role.Her victory is all the more remarkable because the film, made exclusively by white men and about white men, managed to outpace the wide ethnic diversity of the other nominees.


Perhaps the main loser of the Oscars-2021 should be considered “Munk”.

The film was awarded the maximum number of nominations – 10, and won only two, relatively minor – for the best camera work and the best work of the production designer.

Of course, the competition was high, but it is a pity that David Fincher’s masterful direction, and the smart, accurate, deeply penetrating to the very essence of 1930s Hollywood script by his father Jack Fincher, and the acting work of Gary Oldman in the title role remained unremarked.And in the fight for the best film “Munk” was more than a worthy contender.

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“Munk” is a biopic of the Hollywood screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, the author of the script for the legendary “Citizen Kane” – one of the main losers. The award was made for the excellent camera work of the Briton James Joshua Richards, who managed to convey the immense beauty of American nature in this film, in general, devoid of beauty.

Interestingly, in the fight for the Oscar for Best Actor, white actor Anthony Hopkins was ahead of African American Chadwick Boseman, who died last year, who played the role of jazz trumpeter in the movie “Ma Rainey: Mother of the Blues”. Boseman played there brilliantly, but he received a posthumous nomination, apparently, mainly for the image of a true African American superhero, which developed after his role as Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Another winner of the Oscar for Best Actor and who also fits into the racial and ethnic diversity that is so important today is the British actor of Pakistani descent Reese Ahmed, who played the role of a deafening musician in the film “Sound metal “.

In the fight for the best female role, the competition was incredibly high. And although the victory of Frances McDormand seems indisputable, it is nevertheless a pity that Viola Davis was left without awards for the sharp role of blues singer Ma Rainey and British Vanessa Kirby, whose scenes of unsuccessful childbirth in the film “Fragments of a Woman” are stunning with their overturning, physiological frankness.

Another major disappointment is the complete lack of awards in six nominations for The Trial of the Chicago Seven, which reproduces one of the key moments of the antiwar struggle in America in the 1960s.

The role of activist Abby Hofmann in this film was perhaps the most real, but never realized, chance for the award of the British comedian Sasha Baron Cohen, whose own film “Borat II” also turned out to be completely bypassed by awards.

Istanbul Chronicles. The climax | CSKA Moscow

Today our team is in Istanbul for the fifth time this season. This time – in search of the main trophy of the Euroleague.

Even before the most important departure of the season, the army team did not abandon their usual schedule, which included training at USK CSKA before leaving for Sheremetyevo.Unless the degree of intensity and seriousness of the final lessons has increased markedly. Nobody tried to be careful, practicing the very tactical nuances that should lead to success. Fortunately, everything went well, except for the usual male bruises. Some deviation from the usual schedule was the presence of fans, who instructed the team at the doors of the arena.

For the flight to the finishing stage of the tournament, a special thank you to Aeroflot. The entire red-and-blue delegation, including the team, family members, youth team and junior youth club, club employees, a support group, was comfortably accommodated in a huge liner.In addition, the official carrier PBC CSKA contributed to the fast passage of passport control. Therefore, there were no delays in the schedule, and at nine o’clock in the evening everyone was accommodated in the teams hotel.

The same hotel that the participants lived in at the 2012 Final Four and which may bring sad memories is now heavily updated. Yes, and in CSKA there were almost no witnesses of those battles – then only Milos Teodosic, Andrei Vorontsevich and Viktor Khryapa went to the site for the army team.Yes, and, of course, Kyle Hines became the champion in the ranks of the offenders from Olympiacos.

This year, repeating old Istanbul traditions, the organizers returned to the experience of holding gala evenings, where the winners of the season are awarded – now the party is scheduled for Saturday. Now, unlike Berlin, CSKA have not distinguished themselves, and only Nando De Colo brought a strict suit to Istanbul – the Frenchman and to go to the opening press conference and to the gala. By the way, we all keep hope that Nando can get the main individual prize of the tournament …


On the ninth day of the European Aquatics Championships, winners and prize-winners in eight types of programs will be determined, and in six of them – with the participation of Russian athletes. Watch live broadcasts of the finals on Sportbox.ru, TC “Russia 2” and TC “Sport”!

Swimming. Finals. European Championship

In four of the seven swimming finals, the representatives of Russia already have, and have good chances for medals of various denominations.So, the leader of the national team Vladimir Morozov was the best in the semifinals of the 50-meter backstroke, ahead of the closest pursuer by almost four tenths of a second – a solid gap for such a short distance. Therefore, fans expect from him the first gold in the pool installed on the Berlin cycle track. Ilya Khomenko also showed himself well in the 100-meter breaststroke – he is still fourth. Kirill Prigoda also got into the decisive swim with a seventh time, and these 18-year-old athletes recently performed at the youth level.Slightly older than Evgeny Koptelov, who showed the fifth result in the semi-finals of the 200-meter butterfly, and Daria Ustinova, who has already won bronze here in the 200-meter backstroke, is 15.100 meters – not quite “her” discipline, but she still qualified to the final seventh.

Another chance to compete for prizes can get the women’s team, which in the morning will have to perform in the preliminary heats of the 4 × 200 meter freestyle relay. In the morning Victoria Andreeva, Victoria Malyutina, Maria Baklakova and Arina Openysheva will swim in it.In addition, Vitalina Simonova and Maria Astashkina start at the 200-meter breaststroke, Svetlana Chimrova at the 100-meter butterfly, and Morozov, Alexander Sukhorukov, Sergey Fesikov and Andrey Grechin at the most prestigious 100-meter freestyle swimming in the world.

Springboard 3 m. Men. The final. European Championship

In diving, spectators will have only one final – but what a! In recent years, the three-meter springboard has become the crown view of Russian men, and on Thursday the current Olympic champion Ilya Zakharov and the silver medalist of the 2013 World Cup Yevgeny Kuznetsov, who has already won silver on the meter in Berlin, will compete for gold here.Their competitors are the hero of the local public Patrick Hausding, the European champion-2012 Frenchman Mathieu Rosset, the eminent Ukrainian Oleg Kvasha, the British Jack Lauer and Christopher Mears. In total, 27 jumpers will take part in the qualification.

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The culmination of the star Altair: on the wings of the Eagle

Star Altair attracts many.It rotates so fast that it stretches out relative to the equator. More recently, scientists were able to measure the radius of the star using the interferometer of the Palomar Observatory. Interestingly, the radius turned out to be inconsistent, that is, it can change with regard to the angle in the sky. This is the best proof of the nonspherical shape of the celestial body.

The bright star Altair is white and hot. It is curious that they began to talk about the star only after 2007, when it turned out to take the very first picture of it.

The star Altair in the constellation and its characteristics

Altair eagle star is one of the closest stars to our planet. The distance between us and her is about 17 light years. It is almost 160 trillion km. She, in “fellowship” with gamma and beta Eagle, forms a whole star line, which we call the Eagle Family.

The object rotates very quickly around its axis. A full revolution is carried out within 8.9 hours, and the speed is 286 km / s.For comparison: the sun turns in 25 days at an equatorial speed of 2 km / sec.

This constellation in the form of a bird of prey was observed by the Babylonians and Sumerians. Even Australian and Canadian Aborigines had similar associations. The Arabs gave the name, which can also be translated as “flying eagle”!

This is interesting: in order to examine in detail the surface of the star Altair in the constellation Eagle, you need to use a telescope with a mirror diameter of 300 meters.

Interesting Facts

  • The climax of the star Altair is often mentioned in books, films, computer games.
  • The star’s exact temperature is unknown. It can be assumed that the parameter will change from the poles to the equator, since it is also influenced by the speed of rotation and geographic position.
  • Disks have been identified for this star. They are barely noticeable, but still visible in the photo.
  • Inside the constellation of the Eagle, you can observe an enchanting spectacle, since around Altair is the Shining Eye – a bright mesmerizing glow that gives iridescent tints when viewed through telescopes.

A snapshot of the star Altair, taken by the interferometer of the Palomar Observatory.
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90,000 Milan Men’s Fashion Week: Giorgio Armani

Here it is – the culmination of Milan men’s fashion week, behind which is a colossal industry: thanks primarily to Italian designers and brands, men’s fashion has been on the rise for several seasons, which is confirmed by an increase in its global sales in 2011 by as much as 9% (turnover of the men’s market fashion in the same year amounted to a record 33.42 billion euros).

Why am I mentioning these numbers right now, in anticipation of talking about the Giorgio Armani collection? It’s not just that Giorgio Armani knows how to sell everything under which his name stands, but above all that he, like no other fashion designer, influenced the development of modern men’s fashion and especially the costume, and that he always has what to say about this very suit. The designer’s previous winter collection gravitated towards a more pronounced relaxed silhouette with fitted two-button jackets that accentuated the torso and very loose trousers made of soft fabrics.So did last summer’s collection with its relaxed pajama and athletic lines.

This time Armani took a position somewhere in the middle between narrow, aesthetic-strict, and voluminous, good-naturedly relaxed silhouettes. Skinny or straight trousers made of fabrics with a clear strong presence of elastic in combination with fabric jackets with a dropped shoulder line, two-buttoned soft woolen fabrics or Chinese military style – with a “mao” -type stand-up collar (it’s no secret that the commercial interest of the designer has been focused on the Chinese market for several consecutive seasons).The same principle, but in the opposite version, is applied in ensembles composed of narrow fitted velvet jackets and trousers made of elastic flannel. It is these combinations that create the effect of “comfortable elegance”. An even stronger impression is made by ensembles of velvet trousers in the color of luscious burgundy, and “Hemingway” jackets of chunky knit with a voluminous triangular collar, which were very popular among the sixties. An interesting twist of the same theme – again fitted jackets with the effect of quilted pajamas and loose woolen trousers.By the way, the effect of quilting and symmetrical “patchwork” greatly enriches the impression of banal leather jackets with a zipper. Trouser suits with gray and black stripes attracted attention at the same time with their definite cut “bruises” and emphasized by the narrow waistline of the jackets.

In general, no matter what Armani undertakes, he knows how to achieve the effect of extraordinary naturalness, and even unexpected versions in his performance look for granted. Thin cashmere sweaters with a geometric optical pattern in combination with the same trousers made of dark red velvet would otherwise look pretentious, eccentric or, forgive, like an elementary show off.And here – the very obviousness and harmony.

This topic can be continued for a long time. The famous Armaniev tuxedos, beloved by the stars and the mighty of this world, also looked at ease as never before – this time with strongly rounded lapels. It looks like a tuxedo is a tuxedo, but it’s not boring and you want to watch!

Text: Ilektra Kanestri