For the young, getting an erection is as easy as A, B, C, D but as you grow older getting hard and staying hard can be a tall order.
If this problem persists, it can be psychologically demoralizing and having sex can be a cause of serious anxiety.
Luckily a few lifestyle changes can ensure that you have an erection sufficient to have sex. These changes include;
1. Watching What You Eat
Fried and fatty foods are not only bad for your waistline but your penis too.
Experts recommend that people who have problems staying hard should try a Mediterranean diet which consists of vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts, beans, and whole grains.
“The link between the Mediterranean diet and improved sexual function has been scientifically established,” Irwin Goldstein, MD, director of sexual medicine at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego, told WebMD.
2. Stop Smoking
Cigarette smoking has been linked to lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, oropharyngeal cancer and oesophagal cancer. As if that’s not bad enough, I bring more bad news for the smokers, cigarettes will affect you in the bedroom.
If you are having some problems with your erection, the cigarette could be the culprit and its time to do away with the cancer stick.
3. Get a Vasectomy
The idea of having a sharp object near your gonads is enough to send you bolting out of this article, but if you are done with having kids then why not?
Apparently fear of impregnating a woman can be a cause of anxiety for some men leading to erection problems so if you undergo a vasectomy you could be less anxious thus a firm erection.
Exercise is a better and less scary option than a vasectomy. Doctors, however, discourage one against hardcore cycling as it hits you below the belt.
“Endurance cyclists who spend a long time on their bike seats may have more trouble with Erectile Dysfunction,” Erin Michos, M.D., told Men’s Health.
5. Exercise Your Pelvic Floor
Kegels which are exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles don’t only do wonders for the vagina but the penis too.
“A strong pelvic floor enhances rigidity during erections and helps keep blood from leaving the penis by pressing on a key vein. In a British trial, three months of twice-daily sets of Kegel exercises (which strengthen these muscles), combined with biofeedback and advice on lifestyle changes — quitting smoking, losing weight, limiting alcohol — worked far better than just advice on lifestyle changes,” reads an excerpt from health.harvard.edu.