While no one enjoys talking about sexual performance, and ED is a challenging subject for men to tackle, it is still incredibly important to educate yourself on the issue. In the long run, the best way to reclaim the life you love is by understanding ED, exploring the many treatment options, and staying positive that there are answers to how to have sex with erectile dysfunction.
The first step is to get a handle on what’s going on. Some men think that they are the only one experiencing ED but studies have shown that’s simply not the case. A 2010 study from the Journal of Sexual Medicine showed that roughly 40% of men experience ED at some point in their lives.
Many men view ED as a physical problem, but it can have as much to do with your mental health as your physical health. Some mental health problems like depression, anxiety, stress and low self-esteem have all been shown to cause, or contribute to, ED.
A common question many men have is “What’s the difference between impotence and erectile dysfunction?” The short answer is: There is no difference. The reason for the confusion may be because the term impotence is not as readily and commonly used as ED in the media. Impotence is a more dated term, and the modern, typically used word is erectile dysfunction. Today’s commercials for medications such as Cialis and Viagra have further brought erectile dysfunction and ED into the modern vernacular.
No matter the cause or the term, when men think about treating erectile dysfunction, they may think of having to pop a pill. But medication doesn’t always work. And even if it does work, many men do not like taking medication, or are unable to take it due to other health care treatments.
Fortunately, there are many natural ED solutions available that can both improve health and increase blood flow throughout the body. The following are five natural ways to start addressing how to have sex with erectile dysfunction.
Lifestyle changes. Erectile dysfunction is often the direct result of conditions that block arteries and decrease circulation. Health issues such as diabetes and heart disease, along with habits like smoking and excessive drinking, can increase your risk of ED and jeopardize your overall health.
To counter this risk, it’s important to exercise regularly, and try to lose excess weight. It’s also good to curb alcohol intake to no more than two drinks a day if you’re younger than 65. Also, if you do smoke, take steps to stop. Quitting smoking can have almost immediate beneficial effects on your health.
Ginseng. Another natural solution is ginseng, specifically, Korean red ginseng. This herb dates back to the ancient Far East for helping increase stamina, decrease fatigue, and boost libido. One study found that 60% of men taking Korean red ginseng had improvement in achieving and maintaining an erection. They also reported having more sexual desire and more satisfaction in intercourse.
DHEA. The hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) comes from the adrenal gland in the brain and leads to the production of male and female sex hormones. For both men and women, DHEA levels begin to decrease after age 30. Boosting DHEA levels has been found to treat many conditions including hormonal disorders, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and more. While the evidence is still inconclusive, initial research indicates that DHEA supplements may improve sexual function, libido, and ED.
L-Arginine. Another natural ED treatment option is the amino acid l-arginine. The body converts l-arginine into the chemical nitric oxide, which causes blood vessels to open wider for better blood flow. Because of this, the amino acid is often used to treat heart and blood vessel conditions, including congestive heart failure, chest pain, and high blood pressure. It is also shown to be effective in treating erectile dysfunction. L-arginine can be found in red meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products, or it can be taken as a supplement.
Acupuncture. One of the natural ED solutions that many people do not think of is acupuncture. This method of Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on regulating the flow of the 14 energy pathways throughout the body. This is done by inserting tiny, fine needles at specific points to restore the flow of energy. It’s used to treat ED by addressing points on the extremities, abdomen, and back.
Another natural approach to how to have sex with erectile dysfunction is vacuum therapy. It works entirely on physics, with no chemicals entering your body.
The vacuum therapy system starts with a simple penile tube. Using a lubricated loading cone and specialized pushing device, an elastic support ring is placed around the tube. The penile tube with the support ring is then placed over the penis, and a pump creates a vacuum in the tube. The vacuum draws blood into the penis, creating an erection. The support ring is then moved to the base of the penis to hold the blood in, and the device is removed.
Vacuum therapy has several advantages over other erectile dysfunction treatments. Perhaps the biggest advantage is that there are no drugs involved. This means that there is no chance of interactions with other medications the patient may be taking.
It also means that vacuum therapy can be used in combination with other erectile dysfunction solutions, such as medication. In addition, vacuum therapy solutions allow for more spontaneity than medications. Medications must be absorbed by the body before they can take effect, which means they must be taken some time prior to intercourse. Vacuum therapy is done immediately prior to intercourse, so there is no need to plan far in advance.
There are many approaches to how to have sex with ED, including natural solutions and vacuum therapy. Whatever method you try, the important thing is to get informed and stay optimistic. There is a solution that will work for you. Learn more in our Ultimate Guide to Sex with ED.