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Recognizing Erectile Dysfunction Symptoms

The ability to become aroused should be simple right?  No, it is a complicated process. Many factors contribute to the process; emotions, brain, hormones, nerves blood vessels and muscles are all a part of the process. And let’s not forget physical and mental health. If one of these factors are imbalanced, you may experience some dysfunction.

Signs of Erectile Dysfunction

  • Difficulty achieving an erection
  • Softer erections
  • Erections that don’t last long enough for satisfactory sex
  • Less girthy erections Reduced penile sensitivity

What are Erectile Dysfunction Symptoms?

Symptoms may vary from person to person.  Some men may be able to sustain an erection for short periods others may have the inability to achieve an erection or a reduced desire for sex. There are frequent and rare symptoms.

Frequent Symptoms

  • Difficulty achieving an erection, meaning it’s not possible to get an erection during the times when you want to have sex.
  • Inability to sustain an erection, maybe you get an erection, but it doesn’t last long enough to complete sex or enjoy it.
  • Inability to have an erection, some men may be incapable of achieving an erection. leading to shame, guilt or embarrassment.

Rare Symptoms

  • Premature ejaculation – ejaculation happens sooner than expected during sexual intercourse.
  • Delayed ejaculation –  occurs when it takes a prolonged period of sexual stimulation for a man to ejaculate. 
  • Inability to ejaculate – a prolonged period of sexual stimulation for a man and ejaculation is not achieved.
  • Reduced libido or sex drive.

There are things that you can do to get over this sexual dysfunction. If the prescription drugs aren’t right for you, you could try using penile implants, vacuum pump devices, or surgery. Your doctor may send you to a urologist to talk about these options. You will need to disclose some information like sexual history, medical treatments you had, and if any, cardiovascular disease as well as digestive and kidney diseases. There are risk factors to consider. For questions, you may ask your Urologist for more information.

Erectile Dysfunction is more than the inability to achieve an erection,  it may be an indicator of other health issues such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis)
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic Syndrome — a condition involving increased blood pressure, high insulin levels, body fat around the waist and high cholesterol

Regardless of how you suffer from erectile dysfunction symptoms there’s help.  Discuss your symptoms and concerns with a doctor who specializes in men’s health to help figure out the cause of your erectile dysfunction and provide the best optimal treatment plan.

Maintain healthy Weight –  Maintaining healthy weight helps delay diabetes and keep your blood pressure down. Weight loss also helps reduce inflammation, increase testosterone.

Healthy Diet – Choose vegetables, fruits lean meats, whole grain foods and low-fat diary foods. Void high fat, sugar and sodium. Choose water over drinks that have too much sugar and caffeine.

Quit Smoking – Smoking is linked to heart and blood vessel disease, which may lead to erectile dysfunction. Smoking increases your chance you will have erectile dysfunction.

Alcohol- Limit the amount of alcohol intake.

Exercise – Be physically active, it increases blood flow through your body, including your penis. Park your car in the furthest lot giving you an opportunity to get extra step in.  Take the stairs, garden and find ways to keep on your feet.

Before you start a new exercise, program talk with your doctor.  Aim for 30 minutes five days a week. Start with brisk walking, swimming and light weights and gradually move to harder activities.

Avoid using illegal drugs – Illegal drugs may prevent you from becoming aroused or feeling other sensations. Using drugs covers over other psychological or physical factors that could be the cause of erectile dysfunction.

Yoga – Practicing yoga help facilitate breathe, relaxation and fitness.

Meditation – Meditation has many benefits including decreasing stress.  Meditation helps in decreasing stress which is the seed of illness. Managing stress reduces blood pressure, anxiety,  heart rate, inflammation and improves sleep.

Guided imagery –  Is a technique in which you listen to instructions and imagine a successful and positive scenario – in this case sex. The mind treats these imagined practice sessions as real, which makes you feel more confident the next time you try to have real sex.

Sensate Focuse – Sensate focus is all about using the senses namely, touch to enjoy and rediscover the power of physical intimacy. It involves using touch to reduce stress and gradually increase the level of sexual intimacy experienced between you and your couple over time.

While you can perform techniques such as guided imagery and sensate focus on your own, these often form a part of sex therapy.

There are  natural aphrodisiacs and  have long been used to increase libido, potency, or sexual pleasure. These natural remedies are also popular because they’re said to have fewer side effects than prescribed medications. That said it is important you talk to your doctor to ensure there are no side effects with current medication you may be taking.

These supplements include:

  • Panax ginseng Chinese and Korean
  • Maca
  • Yohimbine
  • Ginkgo
  • Mondia whitei

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