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  1. Mid - life crisis: the best thing that ever happened to you?


    We call it a crisis but that mid-life moment of truth is actually to be expected and, argues MHF websites editor Jim Pollard, even welcomed. Most of the emails to MHF male health are from men — no surprise there. But when we do hear from women, by far the ... More

  2. Denis: 'Why I talk about my new penis'


    Talking helps but it's not always easy. For Denis Taylor the subject he needed to talk about was probably the toughest of all: penile surgery. I shook his hand and thanked him for saving my life. The doctor looked at me without emotion. 'I' ... More

  3. Chris: 'I've only had one person walk out at the sight of my cock.'


    Chris has severe hypospadias. From the age of about 2, I had surgery in hospital every 18 months until I was 16. By then I could pee standing up. My mum talked about it a bit when I was a child but I can't remember much. I think I've blocked a l ... More

  4. 'Happier than someone who looks like a Hollywood model'


    Is how you look really so important? Meet James Partridge of Changing Faces. James founded Changing Faces 22 years ago to support people with disfigurement of the face or other part of the body in facing their future with confidence. You were in a car acc ... More

  5. Lee: 'Undiagnosed diabetes nearly killed me'


    Lee, a young slim guy, on the dangers of ignoring the symptoms of diabetes. There are two popular myths about diabetes. One is that it is caused by obesity and doesn't affect slim people. The other is that it's not serious because it can be mana ... More

  6. Bob: 'How Dr Who helped me to dance'


    Bob Balfour on surviving childhood sexual abuse. As a child I loved Doctor Who (I still do). In many ways, The Doctor has helped me to survive my childhood abuse. Tom Baker, the 4th Doctor (the one with a scarf) tells a story about this intense man who ap ... More

  7. Is the only cure castration?


    In an age when appearance is everything, do we discriminate against bald people? asks Jim Pollard. Baldness figures prominently in the malehealth postbag — below penis problems but above six-packs. In fact, since I started writing about health, I reckon p ... More

  8. 'Shy bladder syndrome must be one of the most secretive afflictions going'


    Ian, 40, a musician from north-west England, has paruresis or shy bladder syndrom I was always a bit worried about toilets- full of bullying and people smoking. When I started going out to pubs and clubs any trouble would usually kick off in the bogs. I u ... More

  9. 'For 35 years I couldn't pee in a urinal'


    David, an IT consultant from the English Midlands, has paruresis or shy bladder syndrome. Looking back, it started when I was 11 and moved to the upper school. I was kicked and pushed into a urinal by some bullies. I started to avoid the toilets when othe ... More

  10. 'I'm 16 years old and I have hypospadias'


    Archive Page This is archive material from the MHF's website which is now part of this site in the section  Male Health. This page remains on the site as site traffic suggests visitors find this page useful but it may not be up to da ... More