[Sex & Relationships Contributor – primary news source: Huffington Post]
It seems that your weak erection is not due, in most cases, to stress, or tiredness. It could be simply down to emerging serious heart problems. Erectile dysfunction (ED), contrary to popular belief, doesn’t go together with age as men can continue with a very active sex life well into their nineties. However, serious heart problems can trigger off sexual dysfunction as a warning that all is not well up there.
In fact, the first sign of a serious heart problem is a gradual lessening of the hardness of the erection and this can happen over a period of four to five years before an initial heart attack. But, its not all doom and gloom for men as ED can be rectified and in most cases reversed.
Poor erections are caused by a lack of blood to the penis which is related to the condition of the thin lining of blood vessels around the heart which forms an interface between your blood and body. The cells there release matter to articulate important chemical reactions, keep blood on the move, control blood pressure, regulate vascular tone, control the inflammatory process, and so on. Therefore a problem with this thin lining of blood vessels around the heart will affect blood circulation and penile hardness when aroused.
Cholesterol and tobacco tar and toxins also clogs up the arteries in the body generally and as well as negatively affecting your heart, also affects penile hardness during sex.
Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra may assist but have dangerous side effects for those who use them continuously. A 2010 study from the Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery showed that men over the age of 40 who took such drugs regularly had a double risk of hearing loss.
So if you are worried that your penile hardness is not what it used to be and feel concerned about your underlying health, do visit your doctor asap for that heart check. In the meantime and even if you get heart medication, here are some things you can do naturally to help yourself out:-
1) The penis is a muscle. Use it, or lose it. If you do pelvic floor ‘PC’ exercises or kegals by holding your urination in mid-stream several times during urination (this can be done many times a day), this will strenthen your pelvic floor muscles and improve your sex life dramatically. Urologist Dr. Frank Sommer led a study that demonstrated that men doing PC exercises had 80 percent stronger, harder erections — performing better than those taking erectile dysfunction medications. Dr. Grace Dorey found that 40 percent of men who did Kegels were completely cured of ED and another 35 percent had significant improvement.
2) Make sure you sleep well and get tested for OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) which could interfere with your erection strength;
3) Eat dark chocolate. It has fewer calories and more antioxidants than milk chocolate. According to Dr. Eric Braverman and his new book, Younger Sexier You, these sweets also contain phenylethylamine (PEA), a nutrient that gives you a natural feeling of well-being and excitement. The darker the chocolate, the more PEA. It also contains epicatechins, the plant flavonoids that benefit your blood vessels. But don’t indulge too often: slimmer men definitely have a sexual advantage (especially if you’re single).
4) Talk to your doctor about natural medicine that to treat andropause (low testostorone) as low testosterone has been found to be related to a higher degree of atherosclerotic obstruction, greater heart disease risk, and ED.
The above notes are a summary of the commentary of Dr. Jeffry Life, M.D., Ph.D. who has a popular age management medicine practice in Las Vegas, Nevada. His first book, THE LIFE PLAN, is due to be published by Atria Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, in May 2011. His website is: http://www.drlife.com.
- Exercise and Erectile Dysfunction (everydayhealth.com)
- Can Erectile Dysfunction Indicate Heart Attack Risk? (everydayhealth.com)
- Help for Erectile Dysfunction (everydayhealth.com)
- What Is Erectile Dysfunction? (everydayhealth.com)