The Hard Facts About Erectile Dysfunction
Are you one of the 40% of men who has trouble getting or maintaining an erection? Yes, 40%! This problem is really common but it’s such a taboo to discuss it that many men suffer in silence. There are a lot of reasons why you could be suffering from erectile dysfunction. Fortunately there are also a lot of solutions you can try. If your confidence and relationships are being affected by ED you don’t need to put up with it! We’ve got some ideas you can try to get your mojo back…
What are the causes of ED?
Erection problems can be pretty complicated, with mental and physical factors. The most common reasons for men to have trouble getting an erection are:
- Hormonal problems (with your thyroid gland or testosterone levels)
- Pelvic floor weakness
- Inadequate blood flow (from conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes)
- Pelvic surgery or injury
- Depression, anxiety and relationship problems
- Performance anxiety
- Side effects from medication like anti-depressants or from smoking
Your GP or local sexual health clinic can help you to overcome erectile dysfunction. You might feel embarrassed about the idea of going, but think how common a condition it is. Your doctor will be used to discussing and diagnosing ED and can help you to understand yours.
What are my options for ED treatment?
If your ED is physical then making small lifestyle changes can sometimes help. The healthier you are, the easier it is for you to achieve better erections. Watching your weight, exercising and drinking and smoking less can all help you to improve your body’s circulation and ability to perform sexually. If you’re able to get an erection when you masturbate or still have morning erections then your ED is probably psychological. The most effective psychological ED treatment is counselling. Whether you go alone or with your partner, psychotherapy can help you to work through the thoughts and feelings that are causing your erectile dysfunction.
There are several ED treatment options if yours is caused by physical factors, which can also help you with psychological ED. Your doctor may prescribe you a drug like Viagra or alprostadil that increases blood flow to the penis. However, these are only available on the NHS if you have a condition like diabetes and they can cause unpleasant side effects like nausea and vision problems. If you’re seeking natural ways to cure ED then StressNoMore can help!
Natural treatments for ED
Many men have success treating erectile dysfunction with a vacuum pump, or penis pump. This is a plastic tube that you insert your penis into. It uses gentle suction to make blood rush to your penis, causing an erection. You then place a ring around the base of your penis, which enables you to maintain an erection for up to 30 minutes. Penis vacuum pumps are successful for 9 out of 10 men that use them, making them an extremely effective natural ED cure. Our most popular penis pumps
are the Osbon
ErecAid range and MedIntim’s Active Erection System
. We recommend penis pumps as they can help you to transform your sex life regardless of the cause of your erectile dysfunction. They’ve also been shown to help cure ED permanently as they help your penis to utilise more of your blood supply.
Kegels fix ED in 76% of cases!
In a lot of cases, ED is caused or made worse by weak pelvic floor muscles. Male kegels have been found to help men overcome erectile dysfunction in 76% of cases. This is because in men the pelvic floor is responsible for how strong erections are. To do male pelvic floor exercises you just need to use the same muscles that you would use to stop peeing mid-flow. This is a good start programme:
- Contract your muscles and hold them for 5 seconds
- Release them to a count of 5
- Repeat these 10 times, three times a day and you will begin to see an improvement.
To maximise the effect of your pelvic floor exercise, you may want to try a male pelvic floor toner like the Kegel8 V for Men Pelvic Toner
. It will stimulate and exercise exactly the right muscles for you, which is really useful as 50% of people perform kegels incorrectly then they do them manually. Another option is the Private Gym Complete Training Programme
, which is like a personal training programme for your penis! It uses a resistance ring and instructional video to help you effectively exercise your pelvic floor muscles. Kegels have been shown to help 76% of men improve their erectile function and only take a few minutes each day.