The Penis Project

Sexologist Melissa Hadley Barrett and Physiotherapist Dr Jo Milios

Welcome to The Penis Project Podcast. Connecting men through science, stories, solutions but most of all support. Founded by Melissa Hadley Barrett & Dr Jo Milios (PHD), this podcast is dedicated to stories from men who have bravely recognised the importance of sharing their experiences, breaking down stigmas, and having no-filter chats about sexual health, cancer treatment and recovery, relationships and everything in between. This is your online men’s health support group where I answer questions you’ve always had but are too embarrassed to ask. https://melissahadleybarrett.com/podcast/ read less
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171: Coolbeans
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171: Coolbeans
Today we speak to Saara Jamieson, a scientist with a very cool invention.   Cool Beans is an innovative, cooling underwear designed to boost sperm health and improve the likelihood of conception for couples, but as you will hear in this episode, this is not all they do.   Cool beans are a registered medical device with the Therapeutic Goods Administration Registrar (ARTG 379655). Who would have though a pair of jocks could be a medical device- the mind boggles!   Cool Beans are far more than your run-of-the-mill underwear, they are designed to keep the testes cool and ensure the scrotum remains on the lap, not between the thighs when seated, which is imperative for sperm health and comfortability.  They are a breakthrough in men’s fertility health. But if fertility isn’t your thing, this is not all they do. They keep your testicles cool and in doing so, can improve testosterone levels which if you are a regular Penis Project listener you will know gives you your get up and go, sex drive and improves your mood.  These cool dudes also help with pain from varicoceles, providing amazing support. Many older men struggle with scrotal sagging, discomfort, testicular torsion, sitting on scrotum, scrotums that hang low and get in the way when sitting down and post- surgical support.   Discount code to use for discount: COOLMHB   Website: https://coolbeansunderwear.com/  Instagram: coolbeansunderwear  Facebook: coolbeansunderwear   Websites:  https://melissahadleybarrett.com   Men’s health only  https://rshealth.com.au/  All genders  http://www.menshealthphysiotherapy.com.au/  http://prost.com.au/     Facebook:  https://m.facebook.com/p/Melissa-Hadley-Barrett-100085237672685/  https://www.facebook.com/Restorativeshealthclinic    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/melissahadleybarrett/  https://www.instagram.com/rshealth_perth/     Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissa-hadley-barrett/
170: 7P’s of prostate: Prior Preparation prevents a piss poor performance of your prostate
May 14 2024
170: 7P’s of prostate: Prior Preparation prevents a piss poor performance of your prostate
This week we hear the story of Faryar who had his prostate removed in November 2023. If you are a regular listener to The Penis Project you may have heard stories of “young blokes” who recover quickly and this prostate removal business is a blip on the radar for them, you may even think “well that’s ok for these young fellas”.  But this is a story of guy a bit older who has an amazing recovery. Why did he have such a smooth recovery?  I believe prior preparation is the key. This is not to say that you can have done everything right and still have troubles but is you put in the work you are more like to have a speedy recovery.  Faryar has had a personal trainer for 15 years and consequently started his journey in tip-top shape which helped his recovery. Listen here, to see how you can improve your quality of life and performance with exercise and specific training.   Please don’t let this story give you FOMO, instead think “I can do that too” and get moving, or as a well-known sports brand puts it “Just Do It!”   Websites:  https://melissahadleybarrett.com   Men’s health only  https://rshealth.com.au/  All genders  http://www.menshealthphysiotherapy.com.au/  http://prost.com.au/     Facebook:  https://m.facebook.com/p/Melissa-Hadley-Barrett-100085237672685/  https://www.facebook.com/Restorativeshealthclinic    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/melissahadleybarrett/  https://www.instagram.com/rshealth_perth/     Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissa-hadley-barrett/
168: A Touchy Subject
Apr 16 2024
168: A Touchy Subject
In this episode I speak to the amazing founder of “A Touchy Subject”, Victoria Cullen. https://www.atouchysubject.com/  A Touchy Subject is a great resource for men and their partners about sexual recovery when diagnosed with prostate cancer. They are obsessed with uncovering ‘the practical stuff’ from the latest clinical literature, and from the thousands of conversations we have with men ‘MacGyvering’ their way through sexual recovery. They have YouTube videos, blogs, free programs and more to help you on your journey. They also have a list of recommended products to help with the process.  Victoria and I chat about common issues we hear from men and their partners and ways to navigate them. The overarching thought is that; it takes a bit work, ingenuity, a sense of humour, and my favorite skill, “stickability”.   Links from discussion with Victoria Cullen “A Touchy Subject”:  - Rehab program: https://www.atouchysubject.com/help-for-ed-post-prostate-surgery  - This is where the Vacurect mastery course will be (demo videos + top tips): https://www.atouchysubject.com/ed-vacuum-pump-vacurect-demonstration-video  - Tess Deveze's two-minute game: https://medium.com/@connectabletherapies/how-a-simple-2-minutes-saved-my-sex-during-cancer-treatments-482a174d25d2  - Soft penis pleasure course: https://connectable.podia.com/penis-pleasure/jfxm5  - Vulva pleasure course: https://connectable.podia.com/vulva-masterclass/jfxm5  - Study on erectile function return (but not necessarily sexual satisfaction): https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30033192/ (Terrier et al., 2018)  - My Ilo egg vibrator https://melissahadleybarrett.com/product/my-ilo-egg-vibrator/  - Pump Hub waitlist: https://atouchysubject.com/pump-hub-signup  - Pump-A-Sutra waitlist: https://www.atouchysubject.com/pump-a-sutra-signup  Vacurect affiliate links:  - Australia/New Zealand - https://www.vacumed.com.au/product/vacurect-otc10/?ref=1  - USA/Canada - https://www.mainspringmedical.com/pages/lp-cullen?aff=2  ----------  Websites:  https://melissahadleybarrett.com   Men’s health only  https://rshealth.com.au/  All genders  http://www.menshealthphysiotherapy.com.au/  http://prost.com.au/     Facebook:  https://m.facebook.com/p/Melissa-Hadley-Barrett-100085237672685/  https://www.facebook.com/Restorativeshealthclinic    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/melissahadleybarrett/  https://www.instagram.com/rshealth_perth/     Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissa-hadley-barrett/
166: Running for life - A prostate cancer story
Mar 26 2024
166: Running for life - A prostate cancer story
In this episode of the "Penis Project Podcast," I chat with Jason Phillips to discuss his journey following his prostate surgery. Jason wants to give back, get on with life as he knows it and most importantly raise awareness about prostate cancer for other men. His way of doing it? Running 129km in rural Western Australia to raise money for research at PCFA.    I hope you enjoy this inspiring story. Follow his training and run at his socials below. He leaves the starting blocks 24th April and is hoping to finish on the 25th April (ANZAC day).    This is the link to Jason’s official PCFA fundraising page:  https://fundraise.pcfa.org.au/s/1762/1879    The following are the links to Jason’s socials:  Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jason.phillips.5891  Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/jason_phillips_05/    Episode Summary   - Prostate cancer treatment journey    - Getting on with life as ‘normal’   - Survival  ----------  Websites:  https://melissahadleybarrett.com   Men’s health only  https://rshealth.com.au/  All genders  http://www.menshealthphysiotherapy.com.au/  http://prost.com.au/     Facebook:  https://m.facebook.com/p/Melissa-Hadley-Barrett-100085237672685/  https://www.facebook.com/Restorativeshealthclinic    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/melissahadleybarrett/  https://www.instagram.com/rshealth_perth/     Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissa-hadley-barrett/
161: Rehabilitation – A Game Changer! Penile Rehabilitation after prostate cancer treatment. Harden Up Day, Wild Erections and more….
Feb 6 2024
161: Rehabilitation – A Game Changer! Penile Rehabilitation after prostate cancer treatment. Harden Up Day, Wild Erections and more….
In this episode, we have a chat with Jonathon and Jeanine, all the way from NZ. Jonathon thought he would get prostate cancer, as his family had a history of it, and he was proactive in getting a diagnosis and watched it for 4 years before finally being advised it was time to remove it in December 2022.   This is an excellent, honest conversation with this lovely couple where they discuss their fears, treatment and recovery journey. They are both open and vulnerable with how this journey affected them as a couple and individually.  Being proactive, Jonathan sort out as much information as he could and that is how he found The Penis Project and Victoria Cullen- A Touchy Subject  https://www.atouchysubject.com/    He found these both invaluable resources. He was surprised to find out that despite being offered excellent treatment for the cancer, his aftercare and information provided to enable him to return to ‘normal” was lacking. This led him to enroll in the Online Penile Rehabilitation Program which he found to be an invaluable tool in his recovery process.   Jeanine discusses her reaction to the changes and how she dealt with these and the changes in his responsiveness. Listen to this episode for these and many more useful tips to navigate this journey.   If you enjoy this podcast, you may also like Episode #123: 300-400 Times Penile Injections  If you would like to know more about the Online Penile Rehabilitation Program please go here: https://melissahadleybarrett.com/penile-rehabilitation-program/  Link for the products discussed in podcast:   Vacurect- https://melissahadleybarrett.com/product/vacurect-penis-pump/  Bathmate- https://melissahadleybarrett.com/product/bathmate-hydro-7-penis-pump/   Firmtech Ring-   https://melissahadleybarrett.com/product/firmtech-tech-ring/  https://melissahadleybarrett.com/product/firmtech-maxpr-ring/   ----------  Websites:  https://melissahadleybarrett.com   Men’s health only  https://rshealth.com.au/  All genders  http://www.menshealthphysiotherapy.com.au/  http://prost.com.au/     Facebook:  https://m.facebook.com/p/Melissa-Hadley-Barrett-100085237672685/  https://www.facebook.com/Restorativeshealthclinic    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/melissahadleybarrett/  https://www.instagram.com/rshealth_perth/     Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissa-hadley-barrett/
159: Feelings & Healing – A Chat with Michael Hodge
Jan 9 2024
159: Feelings & Healing – A Chat with Michael Hodge
You've probably heard about stress causing ED, but what about the role of repressed emotions? In this episode I chat via Zoom with Michael Hodge in Texas, who shares his unique perspective and introduces what he describes as the "root cause model" of sexual dysfunction.  Michael’s personal journey included five years of grappling with severe pelvic pain, persistent urinary issues, and sexual dysfunction in his 20s. After his recovery, he embarked on a quest to uncover the root causes of these complex mind-body issues. In collaboration with renowned pelvic health specialist Dr. Brianne Grogan, Michael developed a program dedicated to helping men go beyond the surface level symptoms and delve deeper into the depths of genitourinary dysfunction.  Michael's Website: https://www.transformpelvichealth.com/  Vigor Sexual Strength Program (for ED and PE): https://bit.ly/vigorstrongsex    Transform YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TransformPelvicHealth    The topics discussed in today’s podcast include:   Mind/Body Connection Breathwork Masculinity    End Credits:   ----------  Websites:  https://melissahadleybarrett.com   Men’s health only  https://rshealth.com.au/  All genders  https://www.prostaterehabilitation.com/   http://www.menshealthphysiotherapy.com.au/  http://prost.com.au/     Facebook:  https://m.facebook.com/p/Melissa-Hadley-Barrett-100085237672685/  https://www.facebook.com/Restorativeshealthclinic    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/melissahadleybarrett/  https://www.instagram.com/rshealth_perth/     Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissa-hadley-barrett/
157: Mismatched libidos - what, why and how.
Dec 5 2023
157: Mismatched libidos - what, why and how.
This week we meet Dr. Elisabeth Gordon, a New York based Integrative sexual health psychiatrist, who is passionate about sexual health education, health and happiness. It was very exciting to speak with Elisabeth, who had some great insights to share on mismatched libidos. This is an issue I am often asked about in clinic, and I reached out to Dr. Elisabeth to see if she could share her knowledge with us.   Dr. Gordon’s philosophy is that - “Sexuality is an essential component of identity and a key element of our lives and intimate relationships, with ourselves and others. In addition, sexual health is intrinsically related to physical and mental health. Being satisfied with your sexuality and sexual interactions can create a sense of happiness, support your well-being and health, and increase satisfaction with relationships. Unfortunately, many people have difficulties with sex, both psychologically and/ or physically and, in turn, these difficulties and dysfunctions can negatively impact your mood, health, and relationships.”  I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed speaking with Elisabeth. She is a great communicator and makes a difficult subject all seem so simple.   To find out more about Elisabeth go to www.psychandsexmd.com  Instagram: @psychandsexmd  Linked In: Elisabeth Gordon   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/psychandsexmd    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/08/11/well/family/sex-drive-libido-partner.html    End Credits:   ----------  Websites:  https://melissahadleybarrett.com   Men’s health only  https://rshealth.com.au/  All genders  https://www.prostaterehabilitation.com/   http://www.menshealthphysiotherapy.com.au/  http://prost.com.au/        Facebook:  https://m.facebook.com/p/Melissa-Hadley-Barrett-100085237672685/  https://www.facebook.com/Restorativeshealthclinic    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/melissahadleybarrett/  https://www.instagram.com/rshealth_perth/     Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissa-hadley-barrett/
156: Help, my penis is stuck up! Priapism’s - the what, why, and how.
Nov 28 2023
156: Help, my penis is stuck up! Priapism’s - the what, why, and how.
This week Kendall and Melissa talk about priapism. A priapism is an erection that is sustained fully erect for longer than 2 hours. This sounds like a dream come true if you have been suffering with erectile dysfunction, however it is a painful and scary situation to find yourself in.  This is the most common reason men site for not wanting to try injection therapies for erectile dysfunction.   This issue actually occurs very infrequently if the practitioner teaching you injectable therapies is experienced and cautious with initial dosing, and if the patient follows instructions. In this episode, the details of priapism and how to avoid and resolve this issue are discussed in detail.   If you have erectile dysfunction and would like to try but are scared of this possible side effect, listen here to find out the facts instead of urban myths.   End Credits:   ----------  Websites:  https://melissahadleybarrett.com   Men’s health only  https://rshealth.com.au/  All genders  https://www.prostaterehabilitation.com/   http://www.menshealthphysiotherapy.com.au/  http://prost.com.au/     Facebook:  https://m.facebook.com/p/Melissa-Hadley-Barrett-100085237672685/  https://www.facebook.com/Restorativeshealthclinic    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/melissahadleybarrett/  https://www.instagram.com/rshealth_perth/     Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissa-hadley-barrett/
155: An apple a day keeps the Dr away…
Nov 21 2023
155: An apple a day keeps the Dr away…
Men’s health and the importance of having a regular primary health care practitioner Today we speak to GP Dr Lloyd about all things men. So when should a man start having regular checkups? According to Dr Lloyd, “No set age but the sooner the better. “ Men and women are different, women have time points in their lives where they have to see a GP such as hormonal changes, childbearing, breast checks etc. but for men it is different and often health is treated like firefighting. Men just go to the Dr when they have a fire that needs putting out. In this episode we look at why starting earlier is a better option for men, the health system, and their loved ones. Dr Lloyd says: “So medicine's complicated, it's fascinating, but it just shows how one thing, one issue needs a whole wider approach, not just deal with the problem, and brush under the carpet and move on. I think that's what guys do wrongly, isn't it? They'll see a GP; we call it firefighting. So, you quickly put that fire out, and actually, there's an inferno going on behind. So yeah, it's complicated and that's the beauty of medicine.” He also suggests a great read by Caitlin Moran called “What About Men?” which I have since read and is great. Finally, we talk about his recent trigger to look after his own health. Lloyd has decided to open a new clinic called Man Health to offer a slightly different approach to assisting men in their long-term health goals, listen to this episode to find out more. Hopefully this episode will get you motivated to see a primary health practitioner for regular overhaul and tune up if you haven’t already. www.manhealth.com.au https://www.instagram.com/manhealthclinic info@manhealth.com.au   End Credits: Websites: https://melissahadleybarrett.com   Men’s health only https://rshealth.com.au/  All genders https://www.prostaterehabilitation.com/ http://www.menshealthphysiotherapy.com.au/ http://prost.com.au/   Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/p/Melissa-Hadley-Barrett-100085237672685/ https://www.facebook.com/Restorativeshealthclinic   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/melissahadleybarrett/ https://www.instagram.com/rshealth_perth/   Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissa-hadley-barrett/
154: The Solo Sidekick  -  ‘The Eureka’ prostate patient
Nov 14 2023
154: The Solo Sidekick - ‘The Eureka’ prostate patient
In this episode, we revisit Anthony the Eureka patient from episode 112 and 113. Anthony was diagnosed with prostate cancer in August 2022 at age 53. He was determined to get through it with the best possible outcome. He decided to document his journey in film and post on YouTube, in the hope of helping other men and their partners in the same situation. Jo Milios interviewed Anthony in December 2022 to hear all about his early days recovering and today we will see how he is going another year down the track. He is now cancer free, with almost no side effects.  He has also written a song about prostate cancer which we play at the intro and outro of this episode.   In my experience many men tell me tell that their life has been improved by their prostate cancer journey from various aspects, improved health, rekindling of past hobbies and interests and a deepening of relationships. Anthony is one of these guys who has turned this experience into a positive. I hope you enjoy this episode. If you would like to hear more music from Anthony and see his YouTube diary, please see links below.   Prostate Cancer video series   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMjyrGJ5Wr0&list=PLzi-qvS6scVBFA7jpWOx6HJTK4zvUeYnD&ab_channel=AnthonyRobertson    Solo Sidekick on YouTube  https://www.youtube.com/@SoloSidekick/playlists    Solo Sidekick on Spotify  https://www.tiktok.com/link/v2?aid=1988&lang=en&scene=bio_url&target=https%3A%2F%2Fspotify.link%2FUkXhDYTl7Db    End Credits:   ----------  Websites:  https://melissahadleybarrett.com   Men’s health only  https://rshealth.com.au/  All genders  https://www.prostaterehabilitation.com/   http://www.menshealthphysiotherapy.com.au/  http://prost.com.au/     Facebook:  https://m.facebook.com/p/Melissa-Hadley-Barrett-100085237672685/  https://www.facebook.com/Restorativeshealthclinic    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/melissahadleybarrett/  https://www.instagram.com/rshealth_perth/     Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissa-hadley-barrett/     Music: Anthony Robertson    Prostate Cancer Song  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvfAdju1rxY&ab_channel=AnthonyRobertson
153: The Mane Truth – Hair Loss Q&A with Dr. Mario Terri
Nov 7 2023
153: The Mane Truth – Hair Loss Q&A with Dr. Mario Terri
On the latest episode of The Penis Project Podcast, Kendall Gow joins me as we chat with Dr. Mario Terri to unravel the mysteries of baldness. Hair loss and balding are common topics of discussion that come up with the men we see at the clinic, so we wanted to get some answers from a specialist in the field of hair loss treatments.   Dr. Mario Terri, is a hair transplant surgeon and cosmetic physician, who also serves as the Senior Medical Director for Ashley and Martin Australia in Perth. We discuss the factors contributing to hair loss, from genetics to hormones, and debunk some common myths along the way.  Subscribe to The Penis Project Podcast and stay tuned for more informative conversations.  The topics discussed in today’s podcast include:   Hair loss statistics  Genetic causes  Baldness myths debunked  Lifestyle factors and risks  Medications and hair loss  Oral treatments and decreased PSA scores  Cooling caps and chemotherapy  Laser therapy     Here are some key points from our engaging conversation:    - The prevalence of hair loss varies between men and women. While it's commonly believed that 60% of men and 40% of women will experience hair loss in their lifetime, Dr. Terri shares updated statistics, revealing that up to 70% of men and around 10% of women may experience hair loss. After menopause, this percentage can increase to 30% in women.    - Hair loss in men is typically attributed to genetic male pattern baldness, accounting for 99% of cases. In women, it can result from various factors, including genetics, medical conditions, or lifestyle choices.    - Dr. Terri provides insights into the genetic aspects of hair loss, dispelling the myth that baldness is solely inherited from one side of the family. Polygenetics plays a significant role, and the risk of hair loss is higher if it runs in your immediate family.    - We discuss the age groups seeking treatment for hair loss, with a focus on the age range of 18 to 40, where individuals are often at a stage in life where they are concerned about their appearance and how it might impact their personal and professional lives.    - We address the misconception that baldness is related to high testosterone levels. Dr. Terri clarifies that the testosterone levels in bald and non-bald men are not significantly different, debunking this common myth.    - During consultations, Dr. Terri explains that they take a comprehensive approach, examining the patient's history, performing a physical examination, and asking relevant questions to determine the cause of hair loss, which can be genetic or attributed to other factors such as dermatitis or medical conditions.    Join us for an enlightening discussion that sheds light on the causes of hair loss and dispels myths surrounding this common concern. Whether you're experiencing hair loss or want to learn more about it, this episode offers valuable insights. Subscribe to The Penis Project Podcast and stay tuned for more informative conversations.    Websites:   https://ashleyandmartin.com.au/  https://melissahadleybarrett.com   Online Men's Health Programs   https://rshealth.com.au/  All genders   https://www.prostaterehabilitation.com/    http://www.menshealthphysiotherapy.com.au/   http://prost.com.au/     Facebook:  https://m.facebook.com/p/Melissa-Hadley-Barrett-100085237672685/  https://www.facebook.com/Restorativeshealthclinic    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/melissahadleybarrett/  https://www.instagram.com/rshealth_perth/     Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissa-hadley-barrett/
152: Wonky Willies, bent penis….what angle is your dangle?
Oct 31 2023
152: Wonky Willies, bent penis….what angle is your dangle?
Peyronies Disease Explained Did you know that prostate cancer survivors have a marked increased risk of developing Peyronies disease? The prevalence of diagnosed PD has been estimated to be 0.5% in adult males. PD is thought to happen in about 6 out of 100 men between the ages of 40 and 70. It’s rare in young men but has been seen in men in their 30's. The incidence of PD increases after prostate cancer treatment; however, studies vary in statistics. It is important to note that penile rehabilitation programs can reduce the risk,  post prostate cancer treatment.  For more information about Peyronies please read https://rshealth.com.au/peyronies-disease/  We have a new program coming soon to address this issue, a roadmap to penile perfection. Please register your interest at admin@melissahadleybarrett.com  This common issue is not talked about often and there are treatments available. Causation is often difficult to ascertain, however treatment is the same regardless of the reason it has occurred. Today we will speak to two men who have faced this hurdle and come out the other side.  I am particularly excited about this episode as we haven’t previously discussed the use of traction in this treatment.     Websites:  https://melissahadleybarrett.com   Men’s health only  https://rshealth.com.au/  All genders  https://www.prostaterehabilitation.com/   http://www.menshealthphysiotherapy.com.au/  http://prost.com.au/     Facebook:  https://m.facebook.com/p/Melissa-Hadley-Barrett-100085237672685/  https://www.facebook.com/Restorativeshealthclinic    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/melissahadleybarrett/  https://www.instagram.com/rshealth_perth/     Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissa-hadley-barrett/