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Once upon a time, problems in the bedroom stayed in the bedroom. Today, sexual dysfunctions like erectile dysfunction or ED, are no longer hushed-up diagnosis, and for good reason. It is more common than many people realize, affecting somewhere about 5% of 40-year-old men, and 15 – 25% of 65-year-old men.

In truth, if men are honest, every one of them will tell you they’ve experienced impotence at least one time in their sexual lives. It becomes more prevalent with age and lifestyle. Good news is, erectile dysfunction is treatable at any age, and many men who seek treatment are returning to normal sexual activity.

Before considering medical attention and drugs, try out these eight (8) ways to get your penis working again:

Give it Time

According to Prevention, as a man gets older, it may take a longer period to get an erection. In your 20s, an erection may take a few seconds. In your thirties and forties, maybe a minute or two. But if a 60-year-old doesn’t get an erection after a minute or two, that doesn’t mean he’s impotent. It just takes longer.

The time period between ejaculation and your next erection tends to increase with age. In some men ages 60 to 70, it may take a whole day or longer to regain an erection. For the most part, it’s a normal consequence of aging.

Slow down on Alcohol

Like the saying, “Alcohol provokes desire but takes away the performance”. This happens because alcohol is a nervous-system depressant. It inhibits your reflexes, putting you in a state that’s the opposite of arousal. Over time, too much alcohol can cause hormonal imbalances.

Like we know, too much alcohol intake can cause damage to the liver, and liver damage results in an excessive amount of female hormones in men. Without the right proportion of testosterone to other hormones, you won’t achieve normal erections

Rethink your next cigarette

Smoking is a bad idea for many reasons, but if you are trying to get your penis to work again, you may want to steer clear of nicotine. To achieve an erection you need blood pumping normally to all the right places. However, nicotine can be a blood vessel constrictor.

In a study at the University of Texas, researchers had a group of nonsmoking men chew gum with nicotine or a placebo gum. Those who chewed the nicotine gum had a 23% reduction in sexual arousal compared with the group who chewed the placebo gum

Have lots of sex

Although this is more of a prevention than a cure, but having more sex can reduce the incidence of erectile dysfunction. Think of it like keeping your engines oiled. The more sex you have, the more chances of you getting it up next time. Having irregular sex can put you at the risk of impotence.

A 5-year study of almost 1,000 Finnish men between the ages of 55 and 75 found that those who reported having intercourse less than once a week had twice the incidence of ED than those men who had intercourse once a week.

Avoid Stimulants, like coffee

Remember why cigarettes and nicotine are a no-no for erectile dysfunction? Same thing goes for whole body stimulants. This means caffeine and certain questionable substances touted as enhancers. It’s important to be relaxed during sex and stimulants tend to constrict the smooth muscle that must relax before you can get your penis up and working again.

Lose some weight

Men who are overweight are more likely to have difficulties getting and maintaining an erection. If you are at least 20% heavier than your ideal weight, think about shedding some weight. Having a fitter body will lessen the likelihood of erectile dysfunction, but it will also boost self-confidence. The better a man feels about his body, the better he’ll feel about rising the occasion.

Eat Natural Enhancers

Some of the foods a lot of men won’t eat are natural sex enhancers. Maybe you pass it up because you think they are only for women, but some of them work better than Viagra. An example of such food, is the watermelon.  The red, juicy flesh of the watermelon may be the newest romantic food. In particular, this juicy fruit contains citrulline, a compound that causes the body to relax the blood vessels. Unlike Viagra, watermelon doesn’t target one particular organ. It encourages blood vessels throughout the body to relax, which benefits the heart, circulatory system, and immune system.

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