Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve and sustain an erection in order to have sexual intercourse, and it affects more men than you might think.
According to WebMD, a study by the National Institutes of Health found that around 5% of men aged 40, and as many as 25% of men aged 65 or over, suffer from erectile dysfunction on a long term basis.
Many more men suffer from ED on the odd occasion. This is often the result of being over-tired or drinking too much (sometimes referred to as “brewer’s droop”).
WebMD goes on to say that failure to achieve an erection on less than 20% of occasions is not considered a problem, but if this figure rises to over 50%, then some form of treatment is considered necessary. With many men, this means taking a pill such as Viagra.
However, Viagra and other medications commonly have side effects. UK chemist chain Lloyds Pharmacy reports that as many as one in ten men will suffer nausea and/or headache, and between one in ten and one in a hundred may have a stuffy nose, indigestion, red rashes on the face, blurred or blue-tinted vision, and dizziness. While the risk is described as rare, or very rare, it can also lead to a stroke or heart attack.
So what else can be done to correct ED without resorting to Viagra or similar substances?
Here are some suggestions to help cure erectile dysfunction without medication.
If you are overweight, losing some of the excess is a very good start. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to start going to the gym. Simply walking two miles every day helps burn off the calories. According to Medical Daily, men with a 42” waist are 50% more likely to suffer from ED than men with a 32” waist.
It is also a very good idea to reduce the intake of alcohol, especially if you are a heavy drinker. There is no doubt that alcohol can affect performance in the bedroom, especially if you drink to excess over long periods.
Kegel exercises can help improve bladder control, and according to the Mayo Clinic may improve sexual performance. These exercises are simple to do, and can be done anywhere – even while driving or sitting on the couch watching TV. According to a study in 2005, three months of kegel exercises twice daily, combined with such things as losing weight, reducing alcohol intake, and quitting smoking, significantly improved performance for men with ED.
Ginseng, known as the “herbal Viagra” has also been found to improve performance. The root of ginseng is steamed and then dried, which produces red ginseng. According to this study in 2008, random clinical tests provided evidence of the effectiveness of red ginseng in improving ED.
Eating watermelon may also help improve sexual performance. An amino acid called citrulline is found in high concentrations in watermelon, and has been found to improve blood flow to the penis.
A study involving watermelon juice was carried out in Italy in 2011 on a small group of men. 50% of these men reported they were very satisfied with the results, and measurements taken proved that their erectile hardness had improved from a score of three to a score of four (full hardness). More recently, a new dietary protocol has proven very effective at curing erectile dysfunction without medication.
As with any course of action, natural or not, it is always a good idea to check with your personal doctor before implementing any changes to your current erectile dysfunction treatment regimen. This helps ensure whatever method you choose to treat your ED will be both safe and effective.