Q: I am going to high school prom this weekend, and was asked to go by a girl that I have been a very close friend of, and I have had a crush on her for some time. I am planning on joining the military after I graduate next month, so I am not trying to form a relationship with anyone. I saw a picture of her in her prom dress, and I think she looks amazing. I got an erection just from looking at the picture, and it seems like I always get one while around her. I was wondering if there is anything that I can do about that during prom, because we will be dancing, and I don’t want to offend her.
A: This is a common problem among young men, but there are no foolproof solutions but there are several things you can do.
If you’re wearing a suit or tuxedo to prom, keeping the jacket on will probably hide your erection from view. And hopefully the pants you’re wearing to the prom aren’t so tight that they accentuate your erection. Also, you may want to wear briefs, not boxers. However, some men find that briefs make them more likely to get an erection.
Finally, many men find that masturbating before a date makes them less likely to get another erection for a few hours. It’s also possible she may not be offended, but might find it a compliment or in some way charming.