Erectile dysfunction (ED) can occur for many reasons. Sometimes it is as simple as the side effect of a particular medication. But for roughly 75% of men, the cause is more complex. ED may result from vascular disease, neurological disease, diabetes, or prostate-related treatments or surgeries.
Men can judge themselves pretty harshly when it comes to their performance in between the sheets. The unsettling fear of not being able to rise to the occasion becomes a reccurring nightmare for men that is often equated with failure, loss of dignity, and masculinity.
Whether you suffer from ED, or hope to prevent the condition, here are tips to overcome impotence without the side effects of the little blue pill.
1- Quit smoking:
Smoking can make ED worse. Use nicotine replacements like gums or electric cigarettes if you cannot quit smoking all of a sudden..
Smoking affects blood flow and neuro-signals which normally ensure correct blood flow into the penis
2- Start walking:
According to studies in Harvard, just 30 minutes of walking a day was linked with a 41% drop in risk for ED. Other research suggests that moderate exercise can help restore sexual performance in obese middle-aged men with ED.
This, along with other healthier lifestyle interventions can help obese men reduce their risk of ED, or even “reverse” current impotence.
3- Get and stay slim:
Getting to a healthy weight and staying there is another good strategy for avoiding or fixing ED. Excess fat interferes with several hormones that may be part of the problem as well.
The excess weight may be putting your cardiovascular system under strain.
4- Avoid alcohol:
Alcohol is another substance that has a huge impact on erections. After a few drinks, many men of all ages find it much more difficult to stay hard.
Researchers have found that too much alcohol affects both your brain and your penis, The risk for long-term erectile dysfunction has been linked to chronic heavy use of alcohol.
5- Avoid too much stress:
Our bodies are designed to feel stress and react to it. It keeps us alert and ready to avoid danger. But, when stress persists, the body begins to break down and problems like erectile dysfunction can occur.
6- Lifestyle changes:
A study found that some men can reverse erectile dysfunction with lifestyle changes.
A better lifestyle may be all you need for stronger erections.
Several medications are commonly injected directly into the penis to achieve an erection. The most often used medications include alprostadil, papaverine, and phentolamine. With this method, you use a fine needle to inject the medications into the base or side of your penis.
8- External Vacuum Devices:
These are a useful noninvasive treatment for ED. Specially designed vacuum devices to produce erections have been used successfully for many years. Vacuum devices are safe, relatively inexpensive, and reliable. Vacuum devices do not require surgery.
Several supplements and vitamins are sometimes advertised as remedies for erectile dysfunction, too.
In men with a zinc deficiency, taking a zinc supplement will help but you need to beware of taking an overdose. Too high a level of zinc in your body can harm your immune system.
Having erection trouble from time to time isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. If erectile dysfunction is an ongoing issue, however, it can cause stress, affect your self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems. ED can be caused by a variety of factors, including certain medications, injuries, chronic diseases and mental disorders, and even drug use.
Although not all ED is preventable, there are things that you can do to reduce your risk of ED.