Tag: Erectile dysfunction

How to Fix ED Naturally

Erectile Dysfunction is a condition in which a man can’t attain an erection during sexual intercourse. It is also commonly known as impotence and the risk of having it increases as men age. The symptoms of ED often include a decrease in libido or sexual desire. ED also has psychological effects on sufferers such as anxiety and reduced self-confidence.

The inability to achieve an erection occasionally is not abnormal but if the condition becomes frequent or lasts for several weeks or months, you should visit your doctor who may then diagnose the condition. It is good to get it checked out as soon as you can because ED could be caused by an underlying and potentially more serious health issue such as heart disease or psychological issues like depression.

Treating ED

Depending on the nature and severity of your ED, you may be prescribed oral medications such as Avanafil (Stendra), Vardenafil or Sildenafil (Viagra). If your doctor determines that oral medication doesn’t work, there are other treatments like penile implants and penis pumps.

However, medication doesn’t work for everyone and there have been an increased interest in natural treatments and they could be good alternatives for those having side effects to drugs such as Viagra.

Natural Treatments for ED

Before you try ‘natural’ treatments, consult your doctor and note that there are plenty of bogus claims for ‘natural’ treatments for ED. So, seek medical advice and do your research before attempting them.

Some of the most common natural treatments include:

  • L-arginine: Some research studies concluded that high dosages of L-arginine improve blood flow to the penis. This should not be taken with Viagra.
  • Ginseng : Ginseng is an Asian ginger-like root has been shown to improve Erectile Dysfunction.
  • Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA): Some evidence points to DHEA improving libido in both men and women and having a positive impact on ED sufferers.
  • Propionyl-L-carnitine: Studies have reported that Propionyl-L-carnitine, when used in conjunction with Viagra show better results than Viagra used on its own.
  • Gingko: Gingko is a native Chinese herb that could increase blood flow to the penis. However, it is also reported to increase the risk of bleeding. So, patients taking blood thinners should be cautious and seek medical advice before trying out Gingko supplements.

There are other natural treatments like Epimedium and Yohimbine, but these have been linked to serous side effects and studies on them have shown mixed results.

Lifestyle Changes

One of the safest and most effective ways to avoid ED or at least improve erectile function is to lead a healthy lifestyle.

  • Healthy Diet: Maintaining a healthy diet can help slash the risk of conditions like heart disease or diabetes which are known to be risk factors for ED.
  • Exercising regularly: Regular exercise can improve blood pressure and increase blood flow to the penis, reducing the risk of ED
  • Find ways to reduce stress: Stress is another contributor to ED and reducing stress or anxiety can greatly improve ED.
  • Quit smoking and excessive drinking

How Anxiety Can Affect a Man’s Sexual Performance

There are many factors that may affect the performance of a man in the bedroom. Anxiety is one such factor. As a man you should be able to enjoy sex and at the same time please your partner. However, sometimes you may feel that you are not meeting the thresh-hold in the bedroom hence anxiety sets in.

Anxiety can be caused by factors like your body image, the size of your manhood among others. It is also important to note that at some point in your life, you may experience anxiety and it may affect your sexual performance.

As a man, anxiety may affect your sexual performance in the following ways:

  1. It lowers your self-confidence

You need self-confidence to approach a woman that you like in the first place. If you’re anxious in one way or the other, you may find it difficult to approach a beautiful lady. If you are lucky and you manage to lead a lady to your bedroom when you’re still anxious, you may neither enjoy the experience nor satisfy her. Without confidence in yourself and your capabilities, you cannot do much.

  1. Low libido

As a man, you are designed to naturally have some kind of sexual urge or drive. Anxiety may lower your sexual drive. Now, when you have low libido, you may find yourself turning down sexual advances from your significant other more than it is necessary. This may happen simply because your urge to have sex is low and maybe even getting an erection may be an issue. It becomes difficult to have sex when you cannot be aroused.

  1. Erectile dysfunction

If you are anxious, you may not be able to have an erection. Achieving and maintaining an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse may be a problem. Having an erectile dysfunction for a sustained period of time may even destroy your relationship. If anxiety causes you to have an erectile dysfunction, it may be time to look for help.

  1. Premature ejaculation

Premature ejaculation can also be caused by anxiety. This may happen especially if you’re worried about how long you will last during a sexual intercourse. There seems to be too much pressure for men to last longer in the bedroom and those who do are seen as heroes. Those who cannot last long enough to satisfy their partners are looked down upon. This kind of thinking breeds anxiety which again leads premature ejaculation hence it becomes an endless circle. Premature ejaculation may also have an adverse effect on your relationship with your woman.

As explained above, anxiety can adversely affect a mans sexual performance. It is necessary therefore that you seek for professionals to help you manage your anxiety before it affects your sexual performance and ultimately break your relationship.