As we get older, our bodies change and sometimes the things that we took for granted don’t work out the same way. For many men, those things involve the ability to get—and stay—hard whenever they want. This leads to the question of what is the best way to keep an erection? Here we explore the answers.
How are erections formed?
Erections actually start in your brain. Sources indicate that a stimulus—whether it is something you feel, see, smell, hear, or think of—makes your nerves send chemical messages to the blood vessels in your penis. This tells the arteries to open up and let more blood flow to the penis. After the blood is in the penis, veins close up and pressure traps it within the corpora cavernosa. This expands the penis and creates the erection. When that blood flow stops and the veins open up again, the erection ends and the penis becomes soft again.
Based on this, the best way to keep an erection is to take steps to create that initial stimulus, improve blood flow, and strengthen the body’s ability to keep blood in the penis. The starting point to identifying that “best” way involves knowing which area you want to address first.
Because erections start with a trigger to your brain that you like what your body or mind is experiencing, opening your senses to the possibilities can go far. For a lot of men that means eliminating distractions or stress so that you can be in the moment. Having too much on your mind, whether it’s work or relationships, can wreak havoc on your ability to get aroused. Do what you can to get your head in the game. That may mean slowing down to focus on touch and exploration. Or it can help to talk dirty, play a game or use a toy.
Improving blood flow.
From there, remember that circulation counts. You want to get blood flowing throughout your body, especially to your penis. This is where it helps to lead a healthy lifestyle of exercise and good nutrition. If you have health issues that compromise blood flow, see your doctor about the effect of your medications on your sexual health. Also, keep in mind that certain sexual positions, like woman on top, can let your body relax more, allowing more blood to be used for your erection.
Another way to get the blood flowing to your penis is with vacuum therapy or a penis pump. A penis pump uses an acrylic penile tube and a manual or battery-operated pump to draw blood into the penis, creating an erection. The pump eliminates the guesswork, maximizing the laws of physics to take over how your body responds.
Sustaining blood in the penis.
Of course, the best way to keep an erection involves ensuring that the blood used for the erection stays in place. That is where the important part of a penis pump—the penis ring—comes into play. This ring is slid off the penis pump after the erection is achieved and secured around the base of the penis. The ring exerts pressure around the erect penis and thus slows the outflow of blood back into the body. The penis ring or cock ring can hold an erection a place safely for up to 30 minutes.
Certainly, there are many aspects to how to get an erection naturally, but it can be done without pills or medications. Targeting the area that applies to you, whether it’s arousal, blood flow, or keeping blood in the penis, can help you zero in on solutions. To learn more, browse our blogs, and download our free resource, All-Natural Ways to Achieve and Keep the Best Erections of Your Life.