There are four components of a penis—the head or glans, corpus cavernosum, corpus spongiosum or the shaft, and urethra. A man gets hard through sexual stimulation which causes blood flow to increase in the corpus cavernosum and spongiosum. Reaching orgasm drains the blood from the once erect penis and reverts it to its original state.
However, some men have erection problems. There are multiple factors behind this. Certain medications cause erectile dysfunction such as treatments for controlling blood pressure, allergies, depression, anxiety, and peptic ulcer.
Erectile dysfunction is also triggered in some diseases—high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Even our lifestyle can be the culprit. Smoking, excessive alcohol intake, taking prohibited drugs, chronic fatigue, and stress increases the cortisol and toxins in the body.
Furthermore, one can also develop erectile dysfunction due to penis, nerve, and artery injuries. The mentioned medications, illnesses, and habits hinder the blood circulation to the penis making it difficult to maintain an erection.
There is no need to worry if you have erectile dysfunction since this is a curable condition. Consult a urologist to know what treatment is best for you. But before that, the doctor will conduct a series of laboratory tests. In contrast, it is highly discouraged to do self-medication via searching the internet for a quick fix. Apart from the obvious lack of professional guidance, you can never know if the treatments available online are legitimate, safe, or effective.
Before considering the option to take medicines or surgical procedures as a treatment, have you considered trying some natural alternatives to achieve a satisfactory erection?
The All-Natural Way to Achieve—and Maintain—Erections
Cardio workouts to keep the body (and erections) in shape
Being physically active improves the overall blood circulation in the body. To be specific, increasing the blood flow to the nether region only needs 30 minutes of cardio exercise a day. By doing so, you’re hitting three birds with one stone. First, exercising alleviates stress thereby reducing levels of cortisol in the body. Second, consistent workouts facilitate losing that excess fat and weight which promotes the production and better quality of the male hormone testosterone. And third, maintaining an active lifestyle enhances your stamina and endurance both on and off the bed.
Maintaining a testosterone-friendly diet
Plenty of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in foods helps in erection and testosterone production. Among these are nitrates and magnesium in leafy green veggies, lycopene in tomatoes, zinc in shellfish and poultry, omega-3 fatty acids from fatty fish, and Vitamin D from dairy products and sunshine.
Spice it up with foreplay
Both genders can greatly benefit from foreplay for optimal orgasmic quality. Help your man and his buddy down thereby getting him in the mood. Plain old hand jobs and fellatio will always do the trick. You can also upgrade the foreplay by adding in lubricants and sex toys to further steam up the bedroom. Stimulate him more by kissing different parts of his body—not just his genitals. The nipples, the back of his neck, and ears are just as sensitive as his groin area. Take this moment to explore what makes him tick in bed.
Experiment with a vacuum penis pump
In case you don’t know what this device can do, it assists in achieving erections by bringing blood to the penis. Be warned that this will lead to bruising if the pump is not used properly. If your man has blood-related conditions such as sickle cell anemia and bleeding disorders, it is best to disregard this tip.
Purchase a cock ring if you don’t have one
There are plenty of sex toys for males. Among the impressive variety of sex toys out there, your man will most likely love cock rings. This toy is specially designed for erectile dysfunction. Keep in mind that a silicone cock ring should not be used together with silicone-based lubricants as this significantly shortens the lifespan of silicone sex toys. Rather, opt for a water-based lubricant to add more life to the bedroom.
Stay on top
During intercourse, your man can benefit from being on top because it allows the blood to flow more freely. Consequently, this helps the penis getting enough blood for an erection. Sometimes, the remedy can be as simple as letting the gravity do some work—why not try it next time to see if this works?
The benefits of a massage
You know that a simple massage helps in the relaxation of the mind and body, right? Upgrade your average message to a sensual one for your man. Creating a relaxing environment is essential for managing stress which can be a real headache in the lovemaking process. Relaxation and stimulation are provided in one go, thereby saving time and effort. In this way, setting up the mood before kicking off the main act keeps the penis in top condition.
Check your meds
Given that this is a sensitive topic, you can still give it a go in talking out with your partner about the medications he’s taking. Certain medications harm sex drive and erection—anti-anxiety, antidepressants, and even medications for high blood pressure are some of them.
If you and your partner are bothered by these side effects, then it’s time to address these issues with his doctor. Surely, the doctor would understand and prescribe alternative medications to adjust to your concerns. Switching up medications can be the solution to bringing his genitals back to life.
Maintain good dental hygiene
You might be wondering, what do the teeth have to do with getting erections? As backed by plenty of scientific studies, gum disease correlates with heart conditions. Brushing your teeth together is a good way to do an activity together other than just in bed. Make sure to regularly brush your teeth twice a day. Not only will this make your teeth and heart strong and healthy, but this also promotes proper blood circulation especially to his penis when he needs it the most.
It can already be considered common knowledge that smoking is bad for the health, yet some people continue to smoke. Once you start, it’s hard to break this habit because of the addictive properties of cigarettes. Poor blood circulation is among the many of the harmful effects on the list. This affects both the heart and the penis. If your partner is a smoker, this should not stop you from encouraging him to gradually quit. Permanent and big lifestyle changes such as this one are key to getting an impressive erection.
Apart from the already mentioned tips, erectile dysfunction can also be a telltale sign of a much serious condition. If your partner is experiencing the following symptoms, it’s best to see a urologist.
- Palpitations and increased heartbeat
- Persistent sweating
- Frequent urination
- Blurry vision
Early detection of health problems has higher chances of being cured. In no time, you and your partner can immediately go back to being sexually active.