Perhaps you find that you are suffering from impotence or erectile dysfunction (ED), and you don’t know what to do to solve the problem. Maybe you feel resigned to your condition. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some tips to try before you resort to powerful medications prescribed by your doctor:
Research the medication you are currently taking: Many prescription medications can cause ED, such as: blood pressure drugs, antihistamines, antidepressants, tranquilizers, appetite suppressants, and certain ulcer drugs. Your doctor or pharmacist should be able to tell you whether any of the drugs you take could be cause or contribute to ED. If ED is one of the side effects of the drugs you are taking, ask your doctor if there is another drug he or she can prescribe you.
Don’t dwell on the last incident: It’s not uncommon for a man of any age to suffer from an occasional bout of impotence — such as drinking too much alcohol or after a particularly stressful day. Over-thinking and stressing over the last instance of ED can perpetuate a negative psychological feedback loop, creating more of the anxiety that contributed to the last incident in the first place. It’s better to remember that everybody has off days, that nobody is perfect, and that worrying about it won’t make things better anyway. Just focus on sexual activity as something to be enjoyed and as an expression of intimacy, instead of just another part of your life where you have to perform.
Change up your sexual routine: Try different sexual positions or different settings to make love in. Try to make the occasion special by dressing up.
Relax: Sex is something to be enjoyed, it’s not a test you have to pass. Of course we all stress about whether our partner will enjoy having sex with us that they will want to do it again, but over-thinking about what can go wrong never makes things better. Your partner is worrying about themselves, just like you. Focus on your partner so you don’t have time to be self conscious.
Don’t bottle up your feelings: Ignoring lingering resentments or problems in your romantic life won’t make it go away. These feelings can add to the stress and anxiety, making you more prone to suffering from impotence.
Talk about sex: Sometimes, there isn’t enough communication going on about each partner’s likes and dislikes. If preferences and turn ons are never discussed, it could be that each partner had been unwittingly contributing to a less than satisfying sexual experience because neither one knows what the other actually wants. Don’t assume your partner can read your mind, and don’t assume they can read yours as well.
Don’t drink too much before sex: Alcohol can relax and relieve anxiety, but too much of it can mean erectile dysfunction.
Don’t let shame stop you from seeking help: If your doctor has determined that your ED has no medical or physical cause, psychological issues may be culprit. A therapist may be able to help.
Quit or reduce smoking: Smoking has never enhanced blood circulation and ma contribute to blockages in the blood vessels.
Protect your penis from injury: Injuries to the crotch area is a common cause of ED in younger men, which can be sustained while participating in sports such as cycling, basketball, wrestling, baseball, or any other sport where some sort of contact can be made inadvertently to the player’s crotch. These types of injuries do not heal on their own and require medical attention.
Eat a good diet and only take beneficial supplements: It’s no coincidence that you are what you eat, and what substances you choose to put in your body can affect your health. A balanced diet with all the nutrients, and if that’s not always possible, that’s what supplements are for. There are many herbs that are safe and beneficial to your body, such as green tea, echinacea, and horny goat weed. Check the labels to make sure that the supplements you are taking are all natural and remember to take them only as directed. Too much of anything is never good for your health. If your body is not properly nourished and healthy, the ability to get an erection is normally one of the first things to go.
Hopefully these suggestions help…if you have any methods or tips you tried that worked for you that wasn’t listed here, please feel free to leave a comment or send us an email.