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3 Hidden Causes Of Erectile Dysfunction

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Erectile Dysfunction is no laughing matter. It can hit any man, of any age, but of course, is much more prevalent among older men.

Once you hit forty, you’re increasingly likely to suffer from ED. It’s important to understand, however, that not every case of sexual dysfunction is an ED problem.

Sooner or later, every man faces the occasional performance problem. When it happens, you’re going to feel bad about it.

You’re going to feel like a failure, and let’s face it, like less of a man, but unless it’s happening consistently and over a period of time, it’s not ED.

Here are some of the more common causes of erectile dysfunction:

Diet, Exercise, and Lifestyle

The sad truth is that in a significant number of cases, erectile dysfunction is a condition we bring upon ourselves.

Even when these things aren’t the outright cause of ED, they’re almost certain to be contributing factors that make your condition worse.

This is a big, expansive category that covers a lot of ground, but in a nutshell, here’s what you need to know.

Eating lots of leafy greens, whole grains, oysters, watermelon, and blueberries (most any fruit will work, really) will help you give your body all that it needs to improve the quality of your erections, while cutting out processed foods, cigarettes and alcohol will provide further benefits.

Add in a healthy dose of exercise at least three times per week, and you’re well on your way to better sexual health!

The Meds You Take

You’ve almost certainly seen various medications advertised on TV.

The funny part about those ads is that they spend almost as much time talking about the side effects of their latest “wonder drugs” as they do about its supposed benefits.

Unfortunately, many of the drugs on the market today that are designed to treat various conditions, have side effects that include the degradation of male sexual performance.

The most common of these are blood pressure medications, but there are many others.

The good news is that in many cases, there are often (but not always) alternatives to the meds with these side effects.

If that’s the case, your doctor can prescribe you an alternative to help alleviate the problem.

Your Big Brain Working Against Your Little Brain

Many of the causes of erectile dysfunction are actually psychological.

Understand that this is not the same as saying that it’s all in your head, because it’s not.

Psychological issues can easily lead to a variety of very real physical ailments.

If that surprises you, it shouldn’t.

Stress can lead to heart disease, so why can’t other psychological issues lead to ED?

It’s a pretty common, fairly well understood phenomenon.

Stress is, in fact, one of the leading causes of ED, which makes it a particularly nasty condition (because it also can lead to heart troubles, so it hits you twice).

Long before stress kills you though, it will impact your sex life in a major, and entirely negative way.

Our modern society is filled to the point of overflowing with stress triggers. We work too many hours.

We don’t take enough vacations, and even when we do, we tend to bring our work with us, thanks to the advent of the smart phone, which is both a blessing and a curse.

Yes, it lets us keep in touch with friends and families no matter where we are in the world, but it also means that we have the tendency to never unplug.

We need that. We need time to decompress and relax.

Sure, you can run at top speed for a while, but if you do it too long, you’ll burn yourself out.

If you keep going much beyond that, your problems will only worsen with time.

Why would you want to do that to yourself? It simply makes no sense.

Depression

Depression is another common cause of ED, and let’s face it. When you’re depressed, sex is about the last thing you’re thinking of.

Stress is a particularly nasty cause of ED, because most of the antidepressant medicines available only make ED worse.

Depression is insidious on another front as well, because it’s easy to get caught in a negative, self-reinforcing feedback loop trap.

What we mean by that is that when you’re depressed, your self-esteem is (by definition) low.

If you try to have sex, your low self-esteem may lead to performance issues.

Then, when you fail to perform, sexually, it lowers your self-esteem further, which makes future sexual performance issues even more likely.

Once you’re caught in that trap, it can be notoriously difficult to get out of it.

One thing you’ll note that isn’t on the list is “performance anxiety.”

That’s because while performance anxiety can lead to a lack of sexual performance in certain specific situations, these are generally isolated, one-off events.

The risk, however, is that a failure to perform sexually can sometimes lead to depression, which can cause ED.

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How To Know If You Suffer From ED

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Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a problem that affects millions of men.

The older you are, the more likely it is that you’ll experience it.

The problem, of course, is knowing when ED is an actual problem, and when you’re just experiencing a temporary glitch in your anatomy.

It’s no secret – men are pretty attached to their penises, so when something goes wrong and you can’t get it up on demand, most men’s minds immediately go to the worst case scenario.

The good news is, that’s usually not the case.

For instance, if you enjoy a good drink (whiskey, bourbon, beer, or whatever your poison of choice is), that might put you “in the mood”…but at the end of the day……

Alcohol IS a poison, and if you drink too much of it, you’ll find that your body won’t cooperate when it’s time for some fun between the sheets (no matter how horny you might feel!)

If you smoke, and try to have sex shortly thereafter, you also run the risk of having performance problems.

In this particular case, it’s because nicotine constricts your blood vessels, which translates into lower blood flow.

Your penis relies on good blood flow to get (and stay) hard.

Anything that interferes with that blood flow is going to work against you.

Sometimes it’s just a simple case of performance anxiety, and let’s be honest: we’ve all been there at one time or another, especially if we’re undressing a drop-dead gorgeous woman.

The hotter she is, the more likely we are to start thinking some variation of “what the hell is this Goddess of a woman doing with me?!”

And of course, once that little seed gets planted in our “big head,” the “little head” starts getting nervous.

One thing leads to another and before you know it…

It’s embarrassing, it’s awkward, but it happens.

That’s not ED though.

That’s just nerves.

At other times, it’s not so much your body that gets the better of you, but life in general.

Again, this is not new or news to anyone, and everybody has experienced this at one time or another.

Things are tough and frustrating at work.

You’re putting in long hours, the boss is on your case constantly, and you’ve got big, important deadlines looming.

All of that can take so much of your time, attention, and energy that by the time you finally get home at night, sex is about the last thing on your mind.

It’s hard to put in a five-star performance in the sack with work stuff looming over you like that.

Sometimes, it’s hard to put in any kind of performance at all. Stress kills, sure, but long before it turns fatal, it can wreck your sex life.

Depression is the same way.

If the weight of the world has you down, not only are you a lot less likely to think about sex during the course of a given day (remember: the average male thinks about sex thirty times a day!), but when it comes time to perform, you may or may not be able to even get hard.

Even if you succeed, you may or may not be able to maintain your erection for very long, depending on how depressed you are.

In exactly NONE of these cases though, is the problem ED.

These are all situational causes of sexual dysfunction, and while they’re embarrassing, these kinds of problems are easily fixed.

Don’t smoke for a couple of hours before having sex, or better yet, give it up altogether.

Limit or eliminate your intake of alcohol. Take time to de-stress and decompress.

The key, defining characteristic of ED is different from all of these, however.

Erectile Dysfunction is a chronic condition.

It’s not something that crops up only once in a while, or only in certain fairly specific situations, but rather, it’s a continuous, ongoing issue with getting and keeping an erection.

All that to say, while it’s natural to jump to conclusions and let your imagination run away with you, don’t assume the worst just because you have an occasional problem getting or keeping an erection.

Every male experiences those kinds of problems once in a while, and when it happens to you, sit down and really think about your day, especially the hours just before you tried to have sex.

Odds are good that you’ll identify the culprit, and you’ll find that it’s pretty easily remedied.

This is not to say that you should completely ignore or write off even sporadic problems with your erections.

Definitely make note of them and keep track, because you could be seeing the leading edge of a long term trend which really could point to ED.

Just don’t panic the very first time you have trouble in that department. It could be all in your head, or rather, your big head could be sabotaging your little head.

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The Truth About Erectile Dysfunction

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Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a deeply misunderstood condition.

There are a couple of major problems with diagnosing it.

The first is the fact that very often, men jump to the conclusion that they’re suffering from ED the first time they experience a performance problem.

Sometimes, however, a performance problem is just that.

A (temporary) performance problem.

We’ve all been there.

Every sexually active man has, or will have the occasional problem with performance. It happens. It’s just a fact of life.

The second major problem is the fact that “ED” is actually kind of a catch all term describing chronic, ongoing male performance issues.

There are actually a staggering number of things that can cause ED.

Some of these are physical, but others are mental.

In this article, we’re going to talk about the mental things that can cause ED.

These are cases when the “big head” messes with the “little head,” causing sexual performance problems which can lead to very real relationship problems.

Depression

Depression doesn’t kill, at least not directly, but chronically depressed people have a vastly higher rate of suicide than the national average.

Depression touches all areas of your life.

It can leave you closed off from the rest of the world, and make maintaining relationships a very difficult proposition.

Worse, when you’re depressed, sex is about the last thing on your mind, and because you’re already suffering from low image and self-esteem, any time you find yourself in a romantic situation, you’re going to be plagued with doubts.

Those doubts will often wind up expressing themselves in a total inability to perform, sexually.

It’s a vicious cycle.

Your depression leads to lack of confidence and doubt, which leads to an inability to perform, which makes you feel even less confident and more full of doubt.

Once you’re on that treadmill, it can be very difficult for you to get off (or get HER off!)

Stress

Another big factor on the mental side is stress.

Studies have shown that Americans are some of the most stressed out people on the planet.

We work too much, we don’t take enough vacations, and when we do, we usually drag our work and all the drama that goes with it along with us.

We’re always connected, always “on” and we’ve built our lives around that paradigm. \

We feel that if we’re not performing like rock stars 24/7, then we’re doing something wrong.

The problem, of course, is that it’s just not possible to do that in the long term and keep your sanity.

Sooner or later, you’re going to have to take some down time.

If you don’t, then your body will eventually force the issue, you’ll get sick and you’ll have no choice but to take some down time.

Long before that happens though, you’ll start seeing erectile performance issues.

The good news about this is that of all the mental causes of ED, this one’s the easiest to fix. Just slow down.

Take a deep breath. Relax. Make a habit of meditation or yoga.

I know, I know, you’re the Master of the Universe, and if you’re not always “on” then the world won’t be able to get along without you…except of course that it will.

Do yourself a favor and hang up the Superman cape, at least every once in a while.

Head Games

Sometimes, you’re your own worst enemy when it comes to sex.

You’re not depressed, and you’re not stressed out, but all of a sudden, you find yourself plagued with doubts and before you know it, you can’t perform.

This is sometimes jokingly referred to “hot chick” syndrome.

You know how it goes: You’re out somewhere and you pick up an amazingly beautiful woman.

She’s totally into you, one thing leads to another, and before you know it, your clothes are coming off.

As her clothes come off, it suddenly hits you just how amazingly beautiful this woman is. Your brain kicks into overdrive, and you find yourself thinking, “wow…she’s almost too beautiful!”

Then you start thinking maybe she really IS too beautiful for you.

That you’re “playing out of your league.”

That’s about the time the self-doubt starts creeping in, and before you know it, your erection melts away like a snow cone on a hot summer day.

That kind of thing can happen even to the most confident, self-assured men.

It’s embarrassing, sure, but in most cases, it’s a temporary thing, tied to a specific woman or sexual encounter.

The problem is, sometimes it can become more than that, if you allow that one-time performance issue to occupy too much of your mind.

In these cases, there’s nothing physically wrong with you, it’s just that your psyching yourself out, and your big head is pulling the plug on your little head, preventing you from enjoying sex at all.

This one’s also pretty easy to fix, provided that you catch it before it leads to full-blown depression.

Mostly it’s about engaging in other activities that boost your self-confidence, and acknowledging that it really is all in your head.

Think about all the times you’ve had sex.

You had no problems then, and so she’s especially beautiful…so what? That’s a good thing, certainly not something to get uptight about, right?

The bottom line is that while there are many causes of ED, some of them are mental, and of the various causes of the condition, these tend to be the simplest ones to fix.

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5 Common Mistakes That Make Your ED Worse

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When it comes to health issue, we are often our own worst enemies.

You see this in a lot of cases and with a variety of diseases. People who know they have high blood pressure and high cholesterol don’t change their diets and keep eating lots of fried food, for example.

Erectile Dysfunction is no different. Here are a five things you may be doing right now, today, that are making your condition worse.

You’re Eating (and Drinking) The Wrong Things

Caffeine. Alcohol. Nicotine. Drugs. Excess fat. If you indulge in any of these on a regular basis, the sad truth is that you’re making your ED condition worse.

Even if you do other things to improve your condition – even if you take medication to offset it, those things will be less effective than they could be unless you dramatically reduce or cut down on the items listed above.

You’re Not Eating Enough of The Right Things

Here’s a short list of foods known to increase your vascular health, which in turn, will improve the quality of your erections: whole grains, green, leafy vegetables, fruits (especially watermelon and blueberries), and oysters.

If you like everything on that list, you’re in luck. Eat more of all of those and you’ll see your ED symptoms diminish markedly, and possibly even disappear altogether.

If you’re not currently eating any of the above, then you’re definitely making the problem worse.

By itself, diet may not be able to completely cure your erectile dysfunction, but it can make a huge difference and have a tremendous impact on the quality of your erections.

You Work Too Much

Stress is a very big contributor to ED. If you’re working too many hours, or if you don’t take the time to unplug and decompress, you’re only making your condition worse.

We were simply not cut out for long term exposure to the kind of stress that our modern lifestyle subjects us to. Because modern life is so stressful, you’ve got to make time for yourself. You’ve got to take the time to unwind, because guess what?

If you don’t do it for yourself, no one else will do it for you. Your boss isn’t going to give you several bonus days off to unwind, so if it’s going to happen at all, it’s going to happen because you make it a priority.

Be good to yourself and find a way to take the time. Yes, making it a priority can be a challenge, but you’re worth it, aren’t you?

Your sex life is worth it, isn’t it? Of course it is, so what are you waiting for?

You Don’t Get Enough Sleep

Yes, too little sleep can impact your sex life. Did you know that after just three days with no sleep, you’re prone to having a psychotic break?

It’s true, and not only that, but lack of sleep is a major contributor to depression, which is another big cause of erectile dysfunction.

You Don’t Get Enough Exercise

When you strip erectile dysfunction down to its barest essentials, ED is a circulatory condition. Your penis gets and stays hard by virtue of the amount of blood that flows to it.

More blood flow equals firmer erections. Less blood flow equals weaker or even nonexistent erections.

It’s not too difficult to guess which of those choices most men would prefer, and the good news is, you can do something right now, starting today, that will help you improve and increase your blood flow to all parts of your body, including your penis.

Unfortunately, the best way to do that is also something that most people really don’t like to do. Exercise is something that almost everyone acknowledges is both good and necessary, but in practice, few people actually make time for.

You should. If you do, the quality of your erections will improve, so even if you’re not all that excited about exercise for its own sake, do your sex life a favor and make regular exercise a part of your weekly routine.

We recommend exercising three times a week. You may be surprised by the relatively low frequency of exercise, but that’s because we also recommend finding a sport you’re passionate about and making it a regular part of your weekly routine as well.

It doesn’t really matter what it is, as long as it gets your heart rate up, and that you enjoy doing it, because let’s face it, if you hate it, you’re not going to do it with any regularity.

Are you doing (or not doing) any of the above? If you are, you’re making your ED worse. You’re literally working against yourself.

Even if you’re doing a few things to offset those, or taking expensive medications, they’re simply not going to be as effective as they could be. Are you ready to learn the truth about ed?

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