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How to Get an Erection:
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How to Get an Erection

About 20 million men in the U.S. have erectile dysfunction (ED). These men are unable to get and sustain an erection that’s firm enough for sex. 

Sure, any man can experience erection trouble on occasion. But when ED becomes an ongoing issue, it can significantly dent your self-confidence and contribute to problems in your relationship.

The good news is that there’s always something you can do to reverse ED. In this definitive guide, we tell you everything you need to know about ED, including common erectile dysfunction causes and how to get an erection more regularly. 

Read on to learn more.

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Sexual arousal in men is a highly complex process involving the brain, emotions, hormones, nerves, blood vessels, and muscles. Any problem with any of these components can make a person impotent. Stress, anxiety, and mental health issues can also cause ED.

For some people, impotence is the result of a combination of both physical and psychological factors. Let’s examine these issues more closely:

Physical Causes of ED

Most cases of ED are the result of something physical. Here are the top culprits:

  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Clogged blood vessels 
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Metabolic syndrome 
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcoholism and 
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Sleep disorders
  • Surgeries on the pelvic area

Psychological Causes of ED

Your brain plays a vital role in triggering an erection. The brain starts the feelings of sexual excitement that begin the series of physical events, causing an erection.

Unfortunately, there are issues that can severely interfere with a person’s sexual feelings, causing or worsening ED. These include:

  • Depression and anxiety 
  • Stress
  • Relationship problems 

Why Is ED Dangerous?

ED can result in many complications. These include:

  • An unfulfilling sex life
  • Embarrassment and low self-esteem
  • Relationship issues
  • Not being able to impregnate your partner

Tips on How to Get an Erection

As we stated earlier, ED is reversible. In this section, we give you seven tips that will make it possible for you to get and sustain erections at will. 

  1. Talk to Your Partner 
    ED is an issue that is felt by both you and your partner. That’s why you need to openly communicate with them about what you’re going through and how you feel. In case you have any anxieties or discontents, this is the time to talk about them.

    If your ED is the result of dissatisfaction with your sex life, reassure your partner know that it doesn't mean you're dissatisfied with them or the relationship. Explore things you can try out together to improve your lovemaking.

  2. Try Something New 
    In many situations, curing ED involves spicing up things with new ideas. You could, for instance, try out new positions and forms of sexual contact to increase excitement. 

    If you've never used sex toys, now's the time to experiment with them. Popular toys include handheld vibrators, butt plugs, penis rings, and anal beads.

    Try different entry points if both of you are comfortable. You could try anal, for instance, if you’re in a heterosexual relationship. Don’t forget to bring enough lube.

    Another exciting idea is to role-play. Create a situation where both of you act as characters in a sexually arousing sexual encounter.

  3. Eat a Healthy Diet
    The diet you consume determines your overall health. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. 

    Nutritious foods boost the flow of blood throughout the body, including your penis. As you probably already know, blood flow to the penis is essential for healthy and consistent erections.

    Try to avoid fried, fatty, and processed foods as they can affect your overall well-being, including sexual health. These foods contribute to such conditions as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.

  4. Consider ED Medications
    One of the first things a doctor prescribes to you when you have impotence is ED treatment, usually taken orally. You can take the pill anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours before sex, depending on the drug. 

    ED drugs work for the vast majority of men. In case your erection lasts over 4 hours, visit a doctor right away.

  5. Reduce Alcohol and Nicotine Intake
    Excessive consumption of alcohol can put you at a higher risk of ED. Drinking one or two drinks is fine. Quitting alcohol altogether can even lower your risk for ED.

    If you consume nicotine, try to reduce it. Nicotine found in cigars, vaporizers, cigarettes, and other products can severely damage your blood vessels and diminish the effectiveness of nitric oxide.

    Nitric oxide helps open up blood vessels and allows blood to flow through smoothly during the time you’re erect. Impairing this chemical can make it much harder to get or stay erect. The sooner you quit nicotine, the earlier your sexual performance will improve.

  6. Exercise More Often
    Health experts say that the lack of physical activity can negatively affect erectile function. Exercising every day, on the other hand, can help in weight management and get your blood flowing more easily, which helps boost your erectile health.

    Make time for jogging or a short walk every day. If you prefer to stay indoors, then consider such simple exercises as pushups, planks, squats, sit-ups, burpees, and so on.

  7. Get Enough Sleep
    Inadequate sleep is associated with a higher risk of ED. Sleep troubles are usually caused by such sleep disorders as sleep apnea and can contribute to plaque in your arteries. This condition affects blood circulation, making it difficult to achieve and sustain an erection.

    Make sure you get your six to eight hours of sleep every night. Here are some helpful tips to help you out:

    • Limit daytime naps
    • Turn off the TV and other screens before bed
    • Make your bedroom as comfortable as possible
    • Go to bed at the same time every night

Start Getting Strong Erections From Today

Erectile destruction can be a distressing problem for any man, but there’s always something you can do about it. By following our tips above on how to get an erection, you can start to have a more fulfilling sex life with your partner. 

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