For many men, medications for erectile dysfunction (ED) such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra are a satisfactory solution to their erection problems, enabling them to have sexual intercourse without feeling restricted. Although these ED pills work for a large group of men, in some men they don’t produce the effect for which they were prescribed. What other solutions are available for men to boost their potency?
The ability to get a good erection depends on testosterone levels in the body. When testosterone levels are too low, a man may have difficulty achieving an erection prior to sex. Testosterone production typically decreases as men age, which as a result may impair their physical ability to have sex and cause them to experience some decline in potency. There are, however, ways to increase potency.
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Lifestyle factors such as alcohol use, drug use, smoking and stress can have an adverse effect on the ability to get and maintain a good erection. Oxygen tension in the erectile tissue (corpus cavernosum) plays an active role in the regulation of penile erections. Smoking, alcohol use, drug use and stress reduce the oxygen supply. Therefore, men with ED are advised to limit smoking and using alcohol and drugs, or to stop altogether, and to relax about their sexual performance.
An adequate blood flow to the penis plays a key role in the erectile process. Clogged arteries cannot let extra blood pass. So it’s very important to keep your arteries healthy and free of blockage. The best thing you can do is to keep your weight normal by exercising, eating healthy and varied foods, and drinking plenty of water. A healthy weight will also increase your sex drive. The following foods have a beneficial effect on testosterone: wholemeal products, cereals, fruit (pears, strawberries, apples, blueberries, peaches), vegetables (peas, lettuce, mushrooms), fatty fish, oats and nuts.
Men who don’t respond well to ED medication and have relatively low testosterone may benefit from extra testosterone. Testosterone supplements increase potency and enhance the actions of chemical messengers responsible for producing an erection. Testosterone gels and patches can also be a good choice for testosterone replacement. But you should not use testosterone replacement therapy without consulting a doctor first. It is also important that you are healthy.
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Last updated on October 13, 2016.
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