Things are not working how they used to down there (erectile dysfunction)

June 18, 2014

You are over the age of 40 and having a hard time getting an erection, it’s ok. This is common for 50% of men over 40. If you are under 40, treatment works the same way.

There are different reasons behind why this happens. Erectile dysfunction can occur due to stress, anxiety, low testosterone, and other medical problems. Risk factors include age >50, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.  If you have just had a prostatectomy, it is common to have erectile dysfunction because the penis and prostate are so close to each other and have shared nerves.

What happens is something causes either blood vessel damage or the nerves responsible for an erection. Basically, if there is not enough blood flow, there is no erection. Especially if you are diabetic, this affects blood vessels and nerves throughout the body, including the penis. When blood sugars are persistently elevated, this causes damage to the blood vessels and nerves responsible for erection.

You can either have a hard time initiating an erection or maintaining one.  There are medications that work by dilating the blood vessels in the penis, and thereby increasing blood flow. The increase in blood delivered to the penis helps to maintain erections.  If you are not interested in taking medication there are some natural life choices to make that can increase your chances of having normal erections. Diet and exercise are a great way to start treatment of ED naturally. Cut out the simple carbohydrates, fats, and sugars in your diet, and adopt a good cardiovascular exercise routine. This will help reduce risk factors of ED, and improve blood flow.

Erectile dysfunction can cause a lot of stress on the man and also his relationships. The man already knows that he has an issue, which can cause anxiety. Even if the man does have improved blood circulation and can physically get it up now he has to deal with the mental block that has formed. There are other medical options that can help with this, consult your doctor. If you are a sexual partner of someone who is suffering from ED it is important to understand the stress that your partner is going through.

Ultimately consult with your doctor for the best approaches on your ED. Being healthy by eating clean and exercising regularly will help along side with medication and other treatments!


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