There are many ways to gauge one’s overall health. Annual exams, x-rays, MRIs, and CAT scans are one way to go. The new ager may read their tongue, toss the runes, or have their aura cleansed. One sure-fire barometer of a man’s health happens to be his one-eyed snake. A man’s penis can tell him a lot about his health outside of just penis health. Here are five signals your penis may be sending you that something is not quite right inside.

Penis Signal #1: Soft is the New Hard

Penis feeling tired, lackluster, or literally just hanging around? It could be your heart’s not into it, literally that is. Men who experience moderate to severe erectile dysfunction are more likely to have heart problems. How’s the penis communicate that? Erections are controlled by blood flow, and when blood flow goes down, well, so does the penis. Head to your GP to get a workup and see if your ticker is what’s ticking off your sex life.

Penis Signal #2: You Don’t Have Sex Drive; You Have Sex Crawl

When libido goes down, it’s time to see what’s up. There are lots of reasons sex drive gets thrown into neutral. Depression, new medication, and low T are all potential causes. However, one disorder that is dangerously overlooked is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This is a sleep disorder in which the airway is blocked. This stops the body from getting all the oxygen it needs during sleep. German researchers found that men with OSA had sexual desire levels 11 percent lower than men without the disorder. OSA can also lead to Low T. If you hear complaints of loud snoring, wake up gasping for air, and feel fatigued during the day, see a doctor to check symptoms.

Penis Signal #3: Seeing Red When Urinating?

Seeing pink before you flush? That’s no bueno. It could be a sign of bladder, prostate, or kidney disease, or maybe just an overly intense sexual experience. Regardless of the believed reason, head to the doctor ASAP to see what’s going on.

Penis Signal #4: Are You on Pee Patrol?

Are you peeing all the time? It could be prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) which is a disease the affects nearly 90 percent of men in there 70s and 80s but is rarer in those not getting the Senior Special at Denny’s. When the prostate is enlarged, it presses on the tube that transports urine from the body, and that gives that gotta pee feeling. Most times this is treated with alpha-blockers which relax everything and return you to your usual bathroom routine.

Penis Signal #5: The Orgasm (or the Product of it) Goes Bye-bye

Shooting blanks or not getting it out of the barrel? Men who either aren’t orgasming or not producing ejaculate could have Low T. Testosterone helps produce semen. The more semen, the higher the force of the ejaculation. About one-third of the men who take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression have difficulty in reaching release. The remedy could be as easy as asking your doc to switch you to a more semen-friendly medication.

While penis problems can be sometimes be prevented and others times not, there is one consistent – good penis hygiene increases penis health. By keeping the penis clean and well-cared for, it can be stronger and therefore, always ready for action. To ensure you’re doing everything you can, consider using a specially formulated penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin) to hydrate, protect, and boost the penis. Use a crème that is chock full of vitamins and nutrients to protect against wear and tear, sensitivity thieves, and bacteria which can prematurely age the penis.

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