10 Enemies of the Erection and How To Fight Them

Bad habits, diseases, psychological and emotional problems are all potential causes of erectile dysfunction. In this article, we tell you about them in more detail and share some pieces of advice to keep you in control at all times.

Reasons for Erectile Dysfunction

  1. Depression

Arousal starts in the brain and moves down from there. But if you have a head full of thoughts about the futility of living, then it’s doubtful that any arousal will occur. That’s why depression weakens both sexual desire and erectile function.

What is sadder is the fact that many antidepressants also can suppress sex drive, slow down the process of arousal, and reduce the intensity of orgasm.

  1. Stress

Stress, like depression, does not contribute to the right attitude for sex. It also has tiredness as its partner — a bad companion in your bed.

  1. Alcohol

Alcohol is treacherous. Although you can achieve a more desirable mood after a couple of drinks, as you continue to booze there’s a higher chance you’ll end up with a sexual fiasco. Fortunately, erection dysfunction — in this case — is only temporary, but it’s still better to know your drinking limits.

  1. Drugs

Amphetamine, cocaine, heroin and other drugs can cause sexual problems. In their long list of potential consequences, erectile dysfunction is fortunately not the worst thing that can happen.

  1. Smoking

The images you see on packs of cigarettes are real. Smoking does indeed increase the risk of erectile dysfunction (See: Is the Relationship Between Cigarette Smoking & Male Erectile Dysfunction Independent of Cardiovascular Disease? Findings from a Population-Based Cross-Sectional Study for more information). Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

  1. Medicines

Not only antidepressants but also several other drugs can cause erectile problems. Such a side effect can occur from painkillers as well as remedies for maintaining normal blood pressure. However, don’t stop taking them without first consulting your doctor.

  1. Anger

It’s hard to tune yourself into romance if you’re filled with anger. Moreover, any suppressed anger can cause disturbances with your intimate life.

  1. Anxiety and low self-esteem

First, worrying about your sexual capabilities can lower them to zero. Second, anxiety about other problems can follow you to the bedroom and spoil it all. Worrying about your sexual capabilities in such a case also has an impact. If you have any doubts about your sexuality or worry that you might fail in bed, it’s highly likely it could happen.

  1. Overweight

Overweight man have a lower level of testosterone. Obesity influences both libido and erection. Furthermore, obesity can lead to hypertension and contraction of arteries, which can then cause a decrease in blood flow to the penis. Obesity is also a common cause of low self-esteem.

  1. Health issues

Various sicknesses can affect the nerves, muscles and vessels involved in sustaining an erection. Diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, spinal cord traumas and multiple sclerosis are definitely culprits. Prostate and gallbladder surgical interventions can also have a negative effect.

How to prevent erectile dysfunction

  • Quit your bad habits

Stop smoking, lower your alcohol consumption or give up completely. You most certainly need to stay away from illegal drugs. Be sure to seek qualified medical assistance if you can’t do these things on your own.

  • Watch your weight
  • Switch to a Mediterranean diet

As erectile problems are often linked to heart problems, you should set your sights on healthy nutrition. Give up fried food, red meat & fatty dairy products — they all increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Instead, eat more fruits, vegetables, fish and wholegrain products.

You’ll also very likely to lose weight if you follow this kind of diet.

  • Monitor your blood pressure

You might not have a clue that you have high blood pressure until you actually measure it. Check it regularly so that you can avoid health problems.

  • Do more sports

Physical activity is good for the cardiovascular system, fighting obesity and getting rid of stress. You achieve three goals in one go.

No exhausting training is required to maintain your sexual health — just a 30-minute walk every day is enough to lower the risk of erectile dysfunction (read more here: Benefits of exercise for the prostate & erectile dysfunction help).

  • Monitor your testosterone level

Testosterone levels start falling gradually from 30 years old onward — and this is a good point to start making analyses. If it turns out you have a low level of testosterone, your doctor will be able to help you fix this problem.

  • Avoid anabolic steroids

You would assume that additional testosterone, which triggers muscle growth, shouldn’t prevent erectile function. In reality, it’s the opposite. When you receive artificial hormones, your body stops its own self-production. When you try to give up such remedies, you’ll feel all their negative effects at once. Beware: side effects aren’t just limited to impotency.

  • Learn how to fight stress
  • See a doctor

Only a specialist can prescribe treatment in serious cases of erectile dysfunction. They will also be able to identify illnesses that may be linked to the problem and advise you about medications that may be causing it.