If you’re experiencing signs of erectile dysfunction, you may be experiencing some stress, anxiety, and even some frustration as you try to navigate this new aspect of your sexual health. You may feel overwhelmed with diagnosis and treatment options and worried that you may never experience sex like you used to. Rest assured though, ED is entirely common and entirely treatable.
The following are three do-it-yourself erectile dysfunction cures that you can do at home to start regaining performance and confidence.
One of the most important things you can do on your own to prevent ED and improve your sexual health is to focus on your health overall. This means eliminating the risk factors that can cause ED that you can control. Because ED is often caused by issues such as being overweight, excessive drinking, smoking, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, taking steps to eliminate or reduce these factors can go a long way. Aim to get regular exercise, improve your diet, limit drinking, and—by all means—stop smoking, which can all make a difference in your erections and performance.
Another lifestyle factor to get a handle on is your mental well-being. Erectile dysfunction can be caused by depression, anxiety, stress, or relationship problems associated with stress and poor communication. If you’re experiencing stress, make an active effort to feel better. Get a hobby, exercise, remove the stressor, or talk to someone.
One of the simplest erectile dysfunction cures is strengthening your pelvic floor, which sources say can help sustain blood flow to the penis and make it easier to maintain erections. A popular pelvic floor-strengthening exercise is the Kegel. This is done by locating and squeezing your pelvic muscles, which are the same ones you would use if you were holding back urinating mid-stream. Clench and hold these muscles, doing three sets a day of 10 repetitions.
Another strategy involves the principle of “use it or lose it.” To promote blood flow to the penis and strengthen penile tissue, it’s important to get the penis moving. This may mean doing simple stretches or taking active measures to create regular erections, which you can do with your partner or on your own.
For assistance in getting your penis moving, vacuum therapy or a penis pump can help. This device eliminates the guesswork of whether you can get an erection, as it uses the laws of physics. An acrylic tube is placed over the penis. One end of the tube is held secured to the base of the penis while the other end is attached to a pump that creates a vacuum force within the tube. The vacuum creates pressure in the tube drawing blood into the penis forming an erection. Once the erection is achieved, a support ring is placed around the base of the penis holding the erection in place.
Vacuum therapy can be used as a rehabilitation technique after prostate cancer treatment as it helps promote blood flow. It can also be used just to keep your body familiar with the feeling of being aroused, getting erect, and keeping the penis in action. You can use it with or without the support ring, and with or without your partner. Moreover, it is one of the erectile dysfunction cures that can be done in the comfort of your own home, without a doctor’s involvement.
If you’re experiencing ED, start by getting the facts. Find out everything you need to know about erectile dysfunction. From there, take a deep breath and start working on solutions, trusting that there are erectile dysfunction cures. Trust that you can get your sex life back and you can return to having firm, satisfying erections.
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