You probably expect good performance from your penis throughout life, but like any other part of your body, you need to understand the various components and the mechanics of what they do in order to properly look after them.

Let’s take a quick look.

The penis

Primarily used for urination, the penis has an important role in sexual intercourse. Located above the scrotum, it is composed of blood vessels and sponge-like tissue.

The main parts of the penis that you can see are the shaft and the bulbous tip, known as the glans penis. At the base of the glans penis is the corona. The foreskin is a cloak of skin that protects the glans penis.

Inside the penis, there’s a lot happening. Three columns of tissue run the entire length of the penis. Two of the columns, called the corpora cavernosa, are located on the top of the shaft and fill with blood to erect the penis when aroused. The other, called the corpus spongiosum, is located on the bottom side of the shaft and surrounds and protects the urethra, the tube through which urine leaves the