Most men can remember a time in their lives when they had little or no difficulty achieving and maintaining an erection. As the years pass, the muscles in the body do not perform at that level any longer, and erectile dysfunction (ED) can result.
While there is no one single cause for ED, there are several things you can do to try and restore your ability to maintain an erection during sexual intercourse. Contrary to popular belief, erectile dysfunction is not strictly an old man’s disease; it can strike men of any age and there are many causes of ED not directly related to age.
According to studies referenced by WebMD, the cause of erectile dysfunction in 75% of men is complex. Causes can include diabetes, stress, vascular disease, and side effects of surgery.
So if you’re wondering, “What can I do to fix my erectile dysfunction?”, then here are some all natural tips for eliminating impotence and improving your sex life. For those looking to explore even more options, there is also an excellent article about Jason Long’s Erectile Dysfunction Protocol, a popular diet-based ED treatment, you can find over at Newspaper Cat.
Get Out There And Exercise
Exercising has many far reaching health benefits and can help improve conditions associated with erectile dysfunction. Start slowly and begin walking a few minutes each day. The goal here is not to run a marathon; it is simply to walk for at least 30 minutes a few times each week.
Patients suffering from ED who walked for 30 minutes three times a week saw a 43% drop in their symptoms. The reason is two- fold: you are increasing blood circulation to the areas of the body that maintain the erection, and you reduce stress in your life. The distraction of walking can reduce high levels of stress and anxiety associated with erectile dysfunction.
Start Eating Better
The foods you consume on a daily basis can have a serious impact on your ability to perform sexually. Start incorporating more fruit, fish, and whole grains into your diet, while reducing your consumption of refined grains and processed meats.
According to the Massachusetts Male Aging Study, this simple change in diet can have a dramatic impact on the body’s ability to achieve a longer-lasting and stronger erection.
See Your Physician
Most men are embarrassed at the thought of not being able to perform in the bedroom, and seeking the help of a doctor can often add to the already high level of stress and low self-esteem. However, remember these physicians have seen it all, and visiting them will ensure your ED is not the result of a more serious condition.
High blood pressure and blood sugar combined with low levels of good cholesterol can exacerbate erectile dysfunction. Let your doctor do a physical exam to make certain you are in peak vascular health and that any problems with communication between the penis, brain, and heart are not related to medications you may currently be taking.
Work That Muscle During The Day
The old expression about losing what you don’t use holds true when it comes to the muscles in the penis. You do not have to be actively engaged in sexual intercourse to exercise the pelvic muscles.
The ischiocavernosus and the bulbocavernosus are responsible for allowing blood into the penis shaft and keeping it there during an erection. You can exercise these muscles by doing Kegel exercises during the day, even while sitting at your desk during work.
This exercise is similar to the movement of the muscle to start and stop the stream of urine when using the bathroom. Simply pull the muscle in, hold for 5 seconds, then release. Increase your hold time and you increase your muscle strength and ability to hold a strong erection during sex.
There are many options available for fixing erectile dysfunction, so don’t be afraid to experiment and find what works for you. In the end, it’s worth it!