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Almost all men will have some concerns about the strength of their erection at some point in their life, but what most men don’t know, is that erectile dysfunction is actually measured on a scale. It’s not a 1 or 0 condition.

There is even a scoring tool many urologists use called The International Index of Erectile Dysfunction.

And since erectile dysfunction is often complex, the important takeaway is that by taking a few small steps in different areas of your life, you can improve your erectile strength and prevent erectile dysfunction from ruining your sex life.

So, if you find yourself worrying about your erection read on!

What causes erection problems in men?

This is such a relevant and complex question because there are so many different things that can cause erectile problems. Sex therapists tend to group the causes into two broad categories: physical and psychological.

Physical or medical causes of erectile issues include high cholesterol, obesity, nerve damage, heart disease or poorly controlled diabetes. For this reason, any sign of erectile issues requires a consultation with a medical doctor, so that these possible underlying causes can be treated or ruled out.

What if there is no physical cause? In this case, we’re most likely looking at psychological ED. This is especially likely for men who are experiencing erectile problems despite being otherwise young and healthy.

Physical ED can be treated by addressing the underlying medical causes, while psychological ED can be overcome by fixing the emotional root causes.

How to improve erectile strength?

So, what can you do to improve your erections? Luckily most cases of erectile dysfunctions can be reversed or vastly improved, and if you don’t have a serious medical problem, there are a number of steps you can start doing today that can improve your erectile strength significantly!

1. Improve your emotional wellbeing

In men who are otherwise young, fit and healthy, erectile dysfunction can be caused by things like anxiety disorders, severe stress, relationship difficulties, clinical depression or sexual performance anxiety.

Of course, it makes sense that these factors can affect your sex life, given that they can influence so many other factors in your physical and psychological functioning.

Because things such as stress and anxiety can wreak such havoc in certain men’s sex lives, interesting treatments based on mindfulness meditation are being tried and tested and have shown promising results so far.

This makes complete sense since mindfulness has been also shown to reduce stress, improve depression and help alleviate anxiety – the major psychological issues that prevent men from performing in bed.

After all, you must be in the moment during sex, and if you are too stressed out, depressed, or distracted by anxiety it makes total sense that you won’t be able to be aroused enough to have an erection!

2. Improve your sleep

A lot has been told about the importance of sleeping well. Most experts say you should aim to sleep at least 7-8 hours a night on average.

But what does sleep have to do with erections? Well, sleep apnea for example most certainly can affect sex drive. Research has consistently shown that men and women with sleep apnea are significantly more likely to experience sexual dysfunctions, including erectile issues and low sex drive.

This is likely due to the way in which sleep apnea limits the amount of oxygen supplied to our brains. This, in turn, can negatively affect the nervous system in a way that makes sexual issues more likely.

Keep in mind that sleep apnea is also associated with depression and fatigue – both of which can negatively impact on sex drive and erectile dysfunction.

Research has also shown that treating sleep apnea (using a CPAP machine) can lead to an increase in sexual intimacy, as well as improvements in mood and cognition.

In other words, if you have sleep apnea, or another type of sleeping disorder, and feel that this is negatively affecting your sex life, getting treatment for the underlying condition can really help improve things.

3. Check your masturbation habits

What should you do if you find yourself stuck in a masturbation rut? This is an indication that you need to take a step back and get some perspective on your psycho-sexual health.

Now, let me point out that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with masturbation. In fact, it is known to confer many health benefits and can even be used to treat certain forms of sexual dysfunction.

However, masturbation can lead to certain issues if not practiced correctly. For example, if you are dependent on a certain masturbation technique, this can lead to a form of sexual dysfunction called anorgasmia, whereby you struggle to reach orgasm with a partner. This, in turn, can negatively affect your own mental health and your relationship.

Furthermore, if you’re masturbating in conjunction with porn, this can lead to what is known as porn-induced erectile dysfunction.

In order to stop your sexual difficulties from progressing, it’s a good idea to take a break from masturbation: at least for a month. This ought to allow you to reconnect with your own physical and emotional world in a way that improves your sexual health.

You may also want to consider finding new ways of connecting with your partner that will allow you to broaden your sexual horizons.

For example, sensate focus is a fun and pleasurable technique that you and your partner can use to improve your sex life and find new and different ways of bringing one another pleasure.

Finally, ensure that you’re not rushing through the process of masturbation, as this can lead to premature ejaculation.

4. Drink less alcohol

Alcohol affects so many different aspects of your bodily functions! This is especially the case during the time of Covid-19, which has seen a steep uptake in rates of alcohol issues and both physical and mental health issues arising as a result.

So, how does booze affect the body and the brain? We need to keep in mind that alcohol is a depressant (i.e. a “downer”). This doesn’t necessarily mean that it makes you depressed, but that it slows down neuronal activity, electricity, arousal and stimulation in the brain and body.

This is why, for example, it’s harder to move with agility while one is drunk. It also explains why you would ‘t want to write an exam or attend a meeting drunk: alcohol slows down and interferes with your cognition.

When drunk, you’re likely to have slowed processing speed and attention, which will impact on memory and problem-solving. Chronic alcohol use can also lead to long term cognitive impairment (even when you’re sober), sometimes leading to dementia later in life.

What about sexual function? Well, I’d like to start by saying that the notion of “whiskey d*ck” is a real one. Any type of alcohol can lead to erectile dysfunction or reduced vaginal lubrication, due the way that booze slows down the brain and body’s communication.

The “depressant” effect of alcohol is a problem for people with sexual performance anxiety in particular. These people often drink in order to feel more confident in social situations. The booze lowers their anxiety, but it also makes them more likely to encounter sexual issues such as erectile dysfunction or anorgasmia, which in turn strengthens the performance anxiety next time round.

To sum things up…

Feeling like your erection is not as strong as it used to be can be scary, but the reality is that this is definitely not the end of the world!

Using the steps we talked about in this article, significant improvements can be made. And, if these don’t do the trick, other lifestyle changes and erectile dysfunction treatments are out there!

Trent Carter is looking to keep the tradition of T&A alive and well in today's politically correct world with his popular Thong Battle features, among other things. He also covers even racier topics on our sister site, which is definitely not safe for work!

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