Sex & Relationships

How to Manage Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is the inability of a man to have an erection or to maintain adequate arousal to perform sexual intercourse. The causes may be physical, psychological or both and require help from a consultant. Many men experience single instances of erectile failure at some time or another or generally at a young age. Fatigue, anxiety, poor health, medication or alcohol may all be responsible and can be reversible. When a man suffers from ED, the extra blood that should flow into his penis and engorge does not happen.

Even though the man may be excited and stimulated, some illnesses (like uncontrolled diabetes), use of drugs (such as alcohol, heroin) and insufficient male hormone may cause ED. Additionally, some psychological causes are often seen e.g. anger with partner, the boredom of the act, and anxiety about not doing well in sex, etc.

There are various treatments available like counselling, medications, a vacuum pump. Use of Vacuum pump helps to bring the penis to an erection which is then maintained by a tight ring around the base of the penis. Also, there is a special injection which can be injected into the penis when required to bring about an erection for more than an hour and the person can be taught to inject himself when required. Finally, if these methods do not work, erection can be achieved by the insertion of a silastic rod which can be bent to keep the penis at rest.

Many medications in Ayurveda (herbal pills for ED) have been found to help in the ED treatment for increasing testosterone, improving sexual performance and helping reduce the associated stress and anxiety.

Advice to be followed to gain back the sexual stamina and erection:

Tobacco: Stop smoking or any other use of tobacco. Nicotine in tobacco causes constriction of the blood vessels.

Monitor your medications: Many drugs can be common culprits to cause erectile dysfunction and sexual dysfunction. Substitute with alternate medication without these side effects under the supervision of your doctor.

Balanced Diet: Avoid excessive consumption of fats, sugars and salt and take plenty of proteins (egg white, pulses, fish, skimmed milk), green vegetables and fruits. Udid (black gram) contains natural testosterone and soya bean contains natural estrogen. Idli made from udid and rice is a nutritious food item. A balanced diet provides enough energy for sexual activity.

Exercise: The aim is to achieve physical fitness and not bodybuilding. Do regular exercise to keep yourself fit and healthy.

Cardio – respiratory efficiency: Running, swimming, fast walking, cycling or spot running, minimum for 20 min and at least for 5 days in a week.

Flexibility: Practice yoga asanas. Each asana should be done for 2 minutes. Difficult and painful asanas need not be done.

Vigomax forte – is a well-known ayurvedic medicine for erectile dysfunction. Combination of aphrodisiac herbs like Ashwagandha, Gokshura, Kapikachhu, Safed musali in Vigomax forte serves as a good general stimulant and sexual energizer. These herbs improve blood circulation to pelvic region, boost nervine functions, increase sexual desire and help sustain erectile function.

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