We don’t like to talk about it. When it happens we try to literally push it under the covers, ignore it and hope it goes away. But if you are suffering from erectile dysfunction it is always in the back of your mind.“Will it show up tonight? Will I be able to perform?”
Statistics indicate that 40% of men over the age of 40 suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED). By 70 years old 70% of men struggle. These odds are not great—and suggest that at some point, the majority of us will suffer from at least occasional erectile dysfunction.
“I’m young! I’m healthy—I work out. It won’t happen to me.”
Famous last words! If you are young and healthy, great! Keep working out. But also make sure you are eating right, quit drinking and quit smoking (all doctor recommendations!)
What?! We don’t like these preventative measures! Besides, you can always take the little blue pill, right?
What causes Erectile Dysfunction?
Sex, attraction and arousal all starts in the brain. Arousal is very complex and involves hormones, emotions, the brain, nerves, blood vessels and muscles. A problem with any one of these components can throw you off your game.
Then there are times when a physical and psychological issue combines to create a problem. For example, you may have fallen on the ice and hurt your back. Because of the discomfort your sexual response slows and suddenly you are anxious—“did I break my weenie?!” This anxiety can take you down the path of ED. In a vicious round of self-fulfilling prophecy you talk yourself OUT of a good hard-on.
Most of the time the cause is a physical issue. These can include:
- Heart disease
- Clogged blood vessels
- Low testosterone
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Multiple sclerosis
- Alcoholism/substance abuse
- Low testosterone
- Peyronies disease (scar tissue inside the penis)
- Reaction to another prescription
There can also be psychological causes:
- Depression (due to the creation of high levels of cortisol)
- Anxiety (general or performance-related)
- Relationship issues
Medical Solutions to ED
Based on the list above, it makes sense that we should be living a healthy lifestyle in order to make sure all of our parts work well. Many of us are good at working but don’t want to give up fatty foods, a stressful career, smoking and drinking. What about that magic little blue pill?
Viagra (sildenafil citrate) or Cialis are pharmaceutical solutions to ED. However, you have to be a good Boy Scout and plan ahead. When taking Viagra you need to pop the pill at least 30 minutes (one hour is optimum) prior to having sex—your partner may appreciate the delay if you devote this ramp-up time to foreplay! Note though, if you are just coming off a high-fat meal it will delay how quickly that Viagra (and your dick) kicks in. So grab a salad for dinner…
Viagra also has some side effects that you might want to consider:
- Dizziness (So don’t leap out of bed)
- Stomach Upset
- Vision Changes (increased sensitivity to light or blurring)
- Hearing Issues (loss, decrease, ringing in the ears—but these are rare)
Personally, I don’t like putting drugs into my body. If you are like me, there are some holistic approaches to dealing with erectile dysfunction that may help. However, a couple of them mean going without—give up smoking, drinking and high-fat foods. (The good news is that this will also positively impact everything else—not just your dick!) It also means exercising more (combining cardio, strength and core training) and losing weight—particularly weight carried around the middle of the body. (The bonus is that when you lose fat around your middle your penis starts to look longer! It isn’t really, it’s just that less of it is hidden and surrounded by any extra fat around your mid-section. Now THAT is motivation!)
You can also try getting hormone replacements—this has helped a lot of guys. However, it’s generally NOT covered by insurance. For example DHEA is available at GNC and is a natural hormone produced by the adrenal glands. The Massachusetts Male Aging Study indicated that men with ED generally have lower DHEA levels. I know several men who are going to nutritionists and using more natural hormones that are more easily assimilated into the system.
Another suggestion is to pump before intercourse to get as much blood as possible into your penis. Then your cock ring will keep it restricted there.
Before you start pumping, slip on a cock ring. To maximize effectiveness, wear the smallest size possible. Remembering that this penis ring is specifically worn to enhance your sexual performance (versus a ring that you want to wear all day) you will want it to be smaller than normal. This means that it is restricting even more blood into your now-pumped up prick. (If you have diabetes, you will not want to do this however.)
Many of our customers also swear by the Max Hard capsules made by M. D. Science. These contain all herbal ingredients. We are also hearing good things about Panax Ginseng (or red ginseng). It is known as the ‘herbal Viagra’(hopefully without the headaches!) Suggested doses range from 600 to 1000 mg three times a day (7 studies have been done on it and they concluded that there was suggestive evidence that it works.)
There was a small study done on Rhodiola Rosea that suggests 150 to 200 mg a day caused men to experience substantially improved function.
Another supplement worth considering is L-Arginine (1.7 grams per day) combined with Pycnogenol (40 grams twice per day). A 2003 study showed that after two months 80% of men taking this combination enjoyed restored performance—it increased to 93% after three months.
And lastly, acupuncture has been known to help men (but I’ll admit, I am not fond of needles!) Find a reputable practitioner and let them know what you need.
Regardless of your age or condition, know that erectile dysfunction could strike at any time. If ED is happening consistently, consult with your doctor to work out a solution that is best for you. If you are on the younger end of the spectrum, start making lifestyle changes now to ensure that one of life’s greatest pleasures remains just that: A pleasure!
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- Omega Cock Ring: http://gearessentials.com/collections/cockrings/products/omega
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