The usual suspects aren’t the only cause of issues between the sheets...
Guys, here’s the thing…
...you’re probably aware that being overweight, smoking, drug and alcohol abuse, as well as a lack of sleep or poor diet can cause problems in the bedroom.
But did you know there are some less well-known causes for erectile dysfunction?
Some of them may even surprise you!
Check out our list below to make sure none of these hidden nasties are “slowing you down.”
1. High blood pressure
High blood pressure stops the blood vessels that carry blood into the penis from dilating the way they're supposed to.
As a result? Not enough blood flows into the penis.
In various studies, half to three quarters of men with high blood pressure also experienced erectile dysfunction. The problem can be compounded further by medications for the treatment of high blood pressure, along with lowered testosterone levels common in men with high blood pressure.
To help manage your blood pressure, try reducing stress, exercising regularly, or eating a healthier diet that’s low in salt.
2. Gum disease
Here’s one that may surprise you!
Researchers have discovered that if you’re suffering from gum disease (Periodontitis), you’re three times more likely to experience erectile dysfunction than men with healthy gums.
So what is Periodontitis? It’s a gum infection caused by bacteria that have settled on teeth and gums, damaging the soft tissue and destroying the bone that holds your teeth in place. Periodontitis can cause teeth to loosen, ultimately leading to tooth loss.
The link between Periodontitis and erectile dysfunction is potentially due to the inflammation caused by gum disease damaging the lining on all of your blood vessels - including those in the penis - which weakens the blood flow that’s vital for strong erections.
The good news?
Taking care of oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day as well as flossing daily - the hygiene product, not the dance! - along with regular visits to the dentist can keep gum disease at bay and out of the bedroom.
Look after that sexy smile of yours, and you’ll also take care of your sexual health.
Riding a bike is great cardio exercise, but it can have a detrimental side effect for men.
In fact, a number of studies have found a link between bike riding and erectile dysfunction.
You see, when you sit on a normal chair your weight is spread evenly, whereas riding a bike places pressure on the perineum. It just so happens the perineum is filled with arteries and nerves that supply blood flow to the penis.
Pressure applied for any extended period of time compressed these blood vessels, reducing the flow by as much as 66% on a narrow bike seat and leading to short-term numbness. Over time, chronic nerve and blood vessel compression can result in an inability to achieve an erection.
If you ride every once in a while, this won’t be such a big deal. But if you’re a hard-core cyclist, take spin classes, or mountain bike, you may want to consider:
- A no-nose style of bike seat.
- Tilting the front of the seat downward.
- Standing up on the pedals for regular breaks.
- Mixing up cycling with other activities like a walk or a run.
4. Hair loss drugs
Which of these are you prepared to sacrifice:
Your hair, or your bedroom performance?
Studies have shown that there is a strong link between the drug Finasteride that is prescribed for hair loss, and erectile dysfunction.
Younger men in particular appear to be more at risk of the side-effect. In fact, it’s been shown that you’re they’re five times more likely to develop chronic erectile dysfunction if you’re younger and take the drug for a long period of time.
Finasteride, and the drug Dutasteride used to treat enlarged prostate, are medications called 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors. This means they block the conversion of testosterone into its more active form, Dihydrotestosterone, which can cause erectile dysfunction.
So guys, rock the bald look and enjoy the rewards in the bedroom.
5. Erectile dissatisfaction
Erectile dysfunction is defined as ‘the inability to achieve and sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse.’ With the knowledge of erectile dysfunction symptoms being widespread these days, many men - yes, even you! - who experience anything less than an acceptable erection jump to the conclusion they have erectile dysfunction.
This discontent is termed ‘erectile dissatisfaction’, because, in fact, what you’re more than likely experiencing is just the normal erectile changes that occur as you age.
Erectile dissatisfaction can cause anxiety, sparking the stress ‘fight or flight’ response, which reduces blood flow to the penis and exacerbates the problem. It can be a vicious cycle.
Your best bet is to chill and accept your bedroom performance – like everything in life - might have altered from your 20-year-old self and that on the upside your partner may even be more satisfied with your mature style.
Psychologically, depression can play a huge factor in sexual dissatisfaction.
In fact, experts estimate that causes of erectile dysfunction are 20 percent psychological and 80 percent physical. The numbers show that the risk of erectile dysfunction increases by 39 percent if you’re suffering from depression.
Conversely, you’re three times more likely to be depression if you have erectile dysfunction than those without.
The connection between depression and ED is due to a number of causes including:
- Feeling less sexually confident when depressed can lead to performance anxiety and ED as a result.
- Depression’s effects on the brain might interfere with muscle relaxation in the penis which is required for blood flow and erections.
- Some medications used to treat depression commonly cause erectile dysfunction issues.
If you’re feeling depressed, it’s important to seek help and treatment.
So, what’s slowing you down?
There are many and varied causes for sexual dysfunction. If you’re concerned, visiting your doctor is an important first step so you can rule out any underlying health issues.
Sexual dysfunction? Try a natural solution
Just as there are many surprising causes for impotence, there have been just as many amazing cures over the ages. Luckily, transplanting goat or monkey testicle tissue is no longer in vogue thanks to testosterone being recognised in the 1930’s. Nowadays, boosting testosterone and libido levels is easy with natural enhancers like TESTO®.