Thanks to commercials and modern medicine, sexual problems are no longer restricted to bedrooms, they are being discussed in the open and people are no longer embarrassed to seek out the cure. Erectile Dysfunction(ED) or impotence is not discussed in hushed tones anymore. ED can be treated at all ages and treatment can bring back sexual activity.
As per doctors, ED is the failure to experience or hold erections for sexual intercourse. It’s not something that’s a rare disease; in fact, 15-30 million American men are affected by ED. According to reports, 5 percent of men of the age of 40 suffer from ED while the number rises to 15-25% for men 65 and above. Every man experiences incompetence at least once in their lives.
Till the 1970s, it was assumed that erectile dysfunction is caused by psychological problems. But today we know that medication, lifestyle or injuries are the main cause of Erectile Dysfunction. To know what experts say about dealing with erectile dysfunctions:
1) Take Your Time
As per Dr. Baum “ As a man gets older, it may take a longer period of genital stimulation to get an erection, For men ages 18 to 20, an erection may take a few seconds. In your thirties and forties attaining erections may take a minute or two. But if a 60-year-old doesn’t get an erection after a minute or two, that doesn’t mean he’s impotent. It just takes longer.” as men grow older the time between ejaculation and erection tends to increase and in men between the age of 60-70 regaining erection may take a day or more than that.
2) Check Your Medication
Prescription meds or heart medication or blood thinners or sedatives may affect erection as they change the blood flow in the arteries. But your medication may not be the root cause of erectile dysfunction as prescription drugs work differently for different people. Mostly men above the age of 50 are affected by drug-induced erectile dysfunction. if you think your medication is causing ED consult your doctor for a change in your prescription.
3) Keep A Check On Alcohol
Alcohol may indeed bring desire but it takes away the energy. The reason behind this? Alcohol acts as a nerve suppressor. It restricts your reflexes making arousal difficult. Alcohol abuse results in hormonal imbalance and a lack of testosterone prevents normal erections.
4) Go Easy On Yourself
Life can be stressful and exhausting; it is easy to achieve erections with a relaxed mind. When you are in active mode adrenal hormones prepare you to deal with any situation and it restricts blood flow to the penis, making attaining arousal difficult.
The solution is to be chilled out to allow parasympathetic nervous system take control, this will allow signals to be sent to the arteries in the penis to make them expand.
5) Don’t Smoke
Studies show that nicotine can be a blood vessel constrictor, says Dr. Baum. One group chewed nicotine gums and the other placebo gum. The group who chewed on nicotine gum experienced a 23% reduction in sexual arousal compared to the other group who were given placebo gums.
6) Stay Away From Body Stimulants
That extra cup of black coffee may seem harmless but caffeine and other body stimulants act as potency inhibitors. Staying relaxed while having sex is important and caffeine does the opposite.
7)Refocus and Experiment
Sex isn’t just intercourse, experimenting with your partner and enjoying foreplay will help you achieve erections more quickly. Take your time to be intimate rather than worrying about erections.