Erectile Dysfunction, or impotency, is probably not a topic you want to discuss with your buddies in the locker room or with colleagues around the office water cooler. But the inability to achieve and maintain an erection, hard and long enough to have sexual intercourse, is more widespread than you might think. Recent studies estimate there are over 30 million men suffering from impotency. And that’s just the figure for North America.
Most men have experienced the occasional embarrassing moment during an intimate encounter, and if the incident remains a rare occurrence it’s usually nothing to worry about. But if the problem persists, it could be a sign that something is badly wrong.
There are numerous reasons why a man can’t get and keep an erection. Diabetes and heart disease are possible causes. Or it could be a temporary hormonal imbalance. Is he overweight or simply unfit? Does he suffer from depression? Drinking and smoking too much? Taking medication for another, unrelated condition can also affect a man’s performance in the bedroom.
Worrying only makes it worse
Another major factor that shouldn’t be overlooked is stress. Too much pressure at work, money problems and other worries can put a lot of strain on a man’s libido and undermine his confidence in bed. Believe it or not, stress is one of our primeval defense mechanisms and in it’s purest form is designed to protect us in times of danger. It releases cortisol and adrenaline into the body, the hormones we associate with our instinctive fight or flight response. These natural chemicals can play havoc with our hormone household, causing a massive blip in our lovemaking game-plans. Stress management, like meditation or breathing exercises can ease anxiety and put us in a much better, and sexier frame of mind.
And then of course, there’s the shame and feelings of inadequacy his lack of intimate success can cause in the relationship. But it’s not just him. The partner can also be affected, and if the situation goes unchecked, can begin to experience guilt and feelings of rejection. And so the viscous circle goes around and around.
Fortunately, help is at hand. These days your family doctor is armed with an entire arsenal of cures and remedies to treat erectile dysfunction. Oral medication, self-injection, suppositories and testosterone enhancing substances are just some of the successful treatments available. But the options don’t end there. Penis pumps, penile implants and blood vessel surgery are methods that have helped millions of men overcome their impotency.
But wouldn’t it make more sense to take steps that make a visit to the doctor unnecessary?
With just a few changes in lifestyle, a light workout, healthy diet and cutting back on drinking and smoking, men can easily keep erectile dysfunction at bay and continue pleasing their significant others in the bedroom:
- Keep fit
Introducing a regular fitness regime will improve your health in general and help with the underlying factors of erectile dysfunction. Symptoms like poor blood flow, high stress levels and obesity can all play a detrimental role in the sexual performance department. Regular exercise can go a long way to preventing disappointment in bed.
- Quit smoking
The negative effects of smoking cigarettes are well documented. Try using the widely available nicotine patches or chewing nicotine gum to bolster your will power and lessen withdrawal symptoms while you endure the weaning-off process. You’ll feel better, fitter and save a whole lot of money.
- Deal with alcohol and drug problems
Too much booze is a common cause of erectile dysfunction. So too is the excessive use of recreational substances. Not to mention the long term damage you can do to your body. Get help if your substance abuse is getting out of hand. You’ll not only be doing yourself a huge favor, your loved-ones will also breath an enormous sigh of relief.
- Talk to your partner
As soon as you feel the onset of any kind
of disruption in the area of sexual performance,
have a sit down chat with your partner. Quite
often, these are fleeting episodes that pass
without medical intervention and all that’s
needed is a few kind words and a whole heap
- Shed a few pounds
Always good advice. Carrying around excessive fat can be a major factor in erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction can be embarrassing. It can make a man question his role in society and his value as a person. It can shake his entire perception of masculinity. But it doesn’t have to be a problem for the rest of his life. Following the tips above, or if the problem persists or gets worse then seeing a doctor will always help.
With the right treatment and advice, he’ll be having fun again in the bedroom in no time, and his partner will most definitely be a lot more happy.