For many men who are 40 years or older, erectile dysfunction is a reality.
However, in some cases, it is possible to reverse erectile dysfunction.
When can’t erectile dysfunction be reversed?
Certain medical issues do make it difficult for ED to be reversed. We look at a few of the most common issues below:
Nerve damage. If the prostate gland has been removed due to cancer, the nerves can be damaged, which can lead to permanent problems with ED.
Poor blood flow. Blocked arteries in the pelvic area are another leading cause of permanent ED problems in men.
Parkinson’s disease. Up to 80% of men with Parkinson’s disease will also experience a low libido, problems with ejaculation and erectile dysfunction.
Peyronie’s disease. This disease, which causes the penis to curve can make sex painful or impossible.
Fortunately, there are a number of great ED medications available for men who are experiencing ED due to medical conditions.
Tips for reversing erectile dysfunction
Below are a few suggestions that can potentially help reverse ED:
Enhance your blood flow. Something as simple as engaging in more cardio activities can help reverse ED. The better your blood flow, the easier it is to achieve an erection. Exercise will also help boost your testosterone levels.
Reduce your intake of toxins. Heavy drinkers and smokers are far more likely to experience ED than those who drink or smoke less frequently or not at all. If possible, stop smoking and reduce your alcohol intake to reduce ED symptoms.
Manage your weight. A number of ED-related studies suggest that losing weight by incorporating healthy eating habits and exercise into your life can help reverse ED.
Get some sleep. Studies show that men who don’t get enough sleep or experience sleep apnoea were more prone to erectile dysfunction, so it helps to get a good night’s rest every night.
Replace your bike seat. Some studies suggest that bicycle seats put pressure on the nerves and affect the blood flow in the pelvic region, which could affect your sexual health. Many of the men who received erectile dysfunction treatment at CALIBRE Clinic could have avoided their issues with ED by using a bicycle seat that’s designed to reduce pressure on the perineum.
Have more sex. You can improve your overall performance by having sex more often. A recent report showed that men who had sex less than once a week were far more likely to develop ED.
Keep an eye on your mental health. Stress, anxiety and depression can all affect your sex life and could be the reason why you’re experiencing erectile dysfunction. Psychological stress makes it very difficult to perform, which is why it’s important to invest more time in stress management techniques if you don’t feel your best mentally. Some suggestions include yoga, meditation and regular exercise.
Review your meds. There are a number of drugs out there that can affect your sexual desire and performance, with anti-depressants being a very common culprit. If you are currently taking one or more medications, speak to your doctor about the possibility of it affecting your sexual health.
Erectile dysfunction can come and go but if you are experiencing more symptoms on a regular basis, it might be time to make some changes or consult with a professional to prevent ED from affecting your self-confidence and your relationships over the long term.