Nobody likes to discuss bedroom problems—it’s personal, it’s discouraging, and it’s embarrassing. But here’s the catch: Ignoring the problem, pretending that it does not exist or that it doesn’t affect you, often leads to further complications, whereas facing the problem can change your life for the better. Especially when it comes to matters of sex, and especially when the solution is within arm’s reach.
Most men would agree that inadequate erections are disheartening, to say the least. But don’t let this nuisance bring you down. Our body is a very complicated system. A strong erection depends on a successful union of many different factors—psychological state, functioning of the central and peripheral nervous systems, hormone levels, proper circulation, smooth penile muscles—and a change in any of those aspects may affect erectile quality. Plus, don’t forget about external factors like smoking, meds, and alcohol that all can impact your bedroom performance. Let’s take a look at some of these in more detail. (Boost your testosterone naturally and have the best sex ever.)
Health conditions that may cause erectile dysfunction
Circulatory problems. Cardiovascular health is usually associated with heart and blood vessels, but as you know, the blood has to travel through the arteries into the penis to bring about the erection. Any condition affecting the elasticity of the arteries, such as the damaging effects of high cholesterol and blood pressure or decreased pumping ability of the heart can result in soft erections.
Hormonal imbalances. A good erection depends on healthy levels of testosterone, the primary sex hormone in men. Problems start when a man’s hormone profile changes due to a decline of testosterone or rising levels of prolactin and thyroid hormones.
Nerve problems. In a sense, an erection is initiated in a man’s brain. Your senses and even your memory can trigger activity in the brain’s hypothalamus, sending electrical signals of arousal down the spinal cord to the pelvis where nerves prompt arteries to fill the penis with blood. Hence, any kind of neurological disorder can wreak havoc on your performance. Patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or recovering from a stroke can experience erectile dysfunction. Prostate or bladder surgery, as well as spinal cord and pelvic injuries, can all affect healthy nerve operation required for a normal erection.
Mind matters. Aside from intense chemical processes in the brain, you simply need to be in the mood, but when you’re moody, that special sexy feeling is nowhere to be found. In fact, up to 20 percent of weak erection cases are due to psychological culprits. Stress, fatigue, and depression usually come to mind, but low self-esteem, feelings of guilt, fear of failure, and relationship problems can all be huge turn-offs too. (Two secret herbs combine with eight brain boosters to nourish and protect your brain.)
Substance use. As mentioned, alcohol, illicit drugs, and even prescription meds can affect your potency. Watch out for high blood pressure medicine, antidepressants, anabolic steroids, and even antihistamines—as they’re all notorious for causing erectile dysfunction. If you suspect your meds may be the culprit, talk to your doctor about alternatives.
Peyronie disease. In this condition, the scar tissue plaques form under the skin of the penis, resulting in abnormal and painful curvature of the organ, especially when it’s erect. The good news is, Peyronie disease is not a life-long condition and can be treated or even resolve itself. If you suffer from this condition, consult with your healthcare practitioner.
Erectile dysfunction may make you feel less of a man, but don’t let it. As you can see, oftentimes your sex problems actually stem from your health problems. Taking care of your body and monitoring your health will ensure your top-notch performance in and out of the bedroom.
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