ED or erectile dysfunction becomes a common problem amongst men as they age. Erectile problems are often exacerbated with stress and poor eating habits. Here are some ways by which you can protect your erection, have longer staying power and enjoy pleasurable intercourse.
How To Protect Your Erection
Men Should Watch What they Eat
It is very important for men to watch what they eat. A diet that can clog their arteries can also lead to erectile problems in later life. Fatty foods and foods rich in saturated fats not only clog the blood vessels and arteries in the heart but also impede the blood flow to the vessels and arteries in the penis thus making the penis flaccid and unresponsive to stimulation.
Men consuming very few fruits and vegetables and eating more of starchy, refined, fatty and processed foods complain of shorter and not very strong erections. ED is very uncommon in men who thrive on a Mediterranean diet. This is a diet that is high on fruits, vegetables, fibre and lean protein.
A Healthy Weight can Improve the Quality of Your Erections
Make sure that your weight is within the healthy weight range. Obesity can have a direct link to the intensity of your erections. Obese men report having weaker erections and less satisfying sex as compared to men who were within a healthy weight range.
If you are overweight, make sure you engage in regular exercise so that you lose weight. Attempt to lose weight, as this will have a direct impact on the quality of your sex life. Do a combination of cardio and weight training which is very good for your muscles and also the health of your penis.
Men who are overweight are also more prone to diabetes, a condition that affects blood flow to the penis thus giving rise to weaker penises.
Avoid High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol
Like obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol will also have a direct impact on your sex life and the quality of your erections. These two conditions can extensively damage the blood vessels that supply blood to the penile region, thus affecting the length and strength of the erection.
If you have high BP, make sure that you keep it under control with timely medication and a healthy lifestyle. Eat a heart healthy diet to ward off the ill effects of high cholesterol. Get regular medical checkups done to ensure that your BP is within the normal range. The same goes for high cholesterol.
Abstain from Excessive Drinking
Excessive drinking has shown to damage the liver and also affect the quality of your sex life. It has a detrimental effect on the normal balance of the male hormones that are circulating in the body. This in turn can lead to a loss of sexual stamina and less than ideal erections. Your best bet in such a case is to drink in strict moderation or avoid drinking at all.
Make sure you take in regular exercise. This not only releases feel good hormones but also boosts sexual stamina and prowess in men. Men who exercised heavily reported having stronger erections and a higher sex drive as compared to men who did not exercise at all.
Do cardiovascular exercises like running and swimming all of which are very good for erections. At the same time, men should ensure that they do not engage in too much of bicycle riding as this can put pressure on the male organs and affect sexual performance and strength of erections.
While kegel exercises do not guarantee strong erections, they are still good exercises to perform for strengthening the pelvic floor muscles. These muscles are directly involved in the quality of the erection and how long it lasts. Perform your kegels exercises daily to ensure strong erections.
Make sure that you keep regular tabs on testosterone. Testosterone is the all-powerful male hormone that gives rise to powerful erections in men. It has been seen that testosterone levels decline every year by 1.3% after a man crosses the age of 40.
A low sex drive, moodiness and spongy erections are some of the first signs of a slow decline in the testosterone levels of a man’s body. If the hormone is abysmally low, testosterone shots may help to enhance sex drive and lead to erections that are more powerful.
Smoking cigarettes can harm the blood vessels and also curb the blood flow to the various vessels of the body. Make sure that you cut down on your smoking or stop smoking at all especially if you notice a dip in your sexual performance.
Steer clear of Risky Sex
There are many ways by which men can unknowingly harm their penises by engaging in risky sex. This happens when men start to thrust or insert their penises in awkward positions or positions that they have never tried before. Waiting interminably for the position to materialize can lead to a loss of erection. An erection once lost is difficult to gain back again. Also, do not try to thrust unless the woman is well lubricated.
Thrusting in a dry vagina can cause you pain and lead to a temporary loss of erection. Make sure you do not thrust blindly as it can cause your penis to bump hard against a hard part of her body and this will not only hurt you and make you lose your erection but could also lead to penile injuries. Make sure you are very careful especially if the woman is on top.
Curb and banish stress from your life. Stress is one of the biggest reasons why men do not feel like having sex or report not experiencing any erections at all. Tension and worry can affect your sex life. Make sure that you are relaxed and calm both at work and at the home front.
This will lead to a more fruitful sex life and stronger erections.
With the help of the above tips, men too can enjoy healthy erections and pleasurable sexual intercourse.