15 Tips to Enhance Men’s Sexual Health in Columbus, OH
For most men, sexual health is an important aspect of their lives, and it contributes to the success of intimate relationships, and to their overall health and happiness. Yet, the statistics suggest that more than half of American men suffer from some form of sexual dysfunction, and those numbers are on the rise.
Perhaps you are struggling with problems developing or maintaining an erection, or with ejaculation issues. Maybe you just do not have the sexual interest you once had and think these problems are inevitable. It doesn’t have to be so. Experts suggest that there are certain behavioral, nutritional, psychological and environmental issues that are impacting male sexual performance like never before. However, knowing those risk factors gives you the keys to reverse them.
Schedule a consultation with a healthcare provider in Columbus that can revitalize your sexual health. Call (724) 915-1049 or contact Martin Gallagher online.
Here’s How to Get Started
If you are concerned about your sexual performance or suffer from an issue relating to male sexual dysfunction such as erectile dysfunction, low libido or peyronie’s disease, the following recommendations are likely your first step in reclaiming your sexual health.
1. Eat Better
Sure you’ve heard it over and over, but eating your fruits and vegetables really can help. Raw, unprocessed organic produce is what you should eat most, along with healthy fats like avocadoes, coconut oil, grass fed butter, fatty fish and nuts and seeds. Grass-fed protein is important too. Researchers postulate a lack of omega-3 fatty acids and other healthy fats in your diet may contribute to sexual problems. Junk food and the increased presence of hormones and chemicals in processed foods can also be playing a role in the increase in male sexual dysfunction the past few decades.
2. Get Moving
A sedentary lifestyle is bad for your health. Sitting is the new smoking, as they say. Choose standing over sitting at every opportunity. When you get up and move, so will your sexual equipment. Exercise at least 3 days each week (preferably 5-6 days) and in no time you will see a new supercharged sexual you.
3. Quit Smoking
Smoking is one of the major causes of male sexual dysfunction and can reduce sperm count and damage small arteries that feed blood to your penis. Reduced blood flow to the penis contributes to erectile issues such as failure to get or maintain a proper erection for sexual intercourse.
4. Deal with Your Stress & Emotional Issues
Stress kills sexuality. There are two ways you can kill stress, either by removing the source of the stress, or by employing stress-reduction techniques like meditation, biofeedback, acupuncture, massage, spiritual pursuits, regular exercise or deep breathing. Stress isn’t the only psychological issue that could be impacting your sexual performance. Men with depression, anxiety and conflict in interpersonal relationships can also experience issues with their sexual function. Working on your relationship and seeking counseling can also help to take control of your emotional health.
5. Reduce Your Alcohol Intake
You might think alcohol puts you in the mood, but alcohol reduces libido, causes erection problems and impairs your ability to have an orgasm.
6. Get Enough Shut-Eye
Getting a proper amount of rest can change not only your perspective on your sex life, but your physical performance. Your body needs time to repair itself while you sleep. Inadequate sleep or poor sleep patterns can adversely affect not only your sexual function, but your overall health too.
7. Quit Recreational Drug Use
Recreational drug use—especially opiate pain killers or opiate replacement drugs like methadone—can devastate your sexual performance, causing erectile dysfunction and loss of libido.
8. Treat the Royal Jewels with Care
One of the least recognized causes of male sexual dysfunction is injury to the penis or testicles. Bicycling or spinning at the health club can desensitize or injure your sensitive male physiology. Horseback and motorcycle riding are two other culprits.
9. Try Kegel Exercises
Yes, those exercises women do. Kegels are a way to strengthen the muscles connecting your tailbone to your penis and those muscles are the ones that control the flow through your urethra. So, if you can control the muscles, you can delay ejaculation and enhance your orgasm. Try stopping the flow of urine. Those are the muscles you need to be working out (maybe not at the gym).
10. Talk to Your Healthcare Provider about Your Prescriptions
The costs of your prescription drugs may not be just financial in nature. Some medications like beta blockers for high-blood pressure, H2 blockers for heartburn, antihistamines for allergies, drugs like Xanax or Valium, as well as psychotropic drugs like anti-depressants can decimate your sex life. While you should never cease prescription drug use without first speaking with a healthcare provider, your healthcare provider may be able to recommend alternative therapies to control these health conditions that don’t require the use of drugs.
As men age, decreased penile sensitivity can be addressed with lubricants (like K-Y Jelly or even certain essential oil mixes) by increasing your penile range-of-motion and increasing sexual enjoyment.
12. Uncover Unknown Medical Conditions
Perhaps you are an undiagnosed diabetic or have high blood pressure you are not aware you have. You may have heart disease or other vascular issues that are slowing blood flow to your penis. Is your prostate healthy? A checkup may be in order. Addressing medical problems can address sexual problems.
13. Reduce Your Plastic Use
The link between foods packaged in plastic and BPA in cans and an excess of phytoestrogens are thought to negatively impact male hormone levels. Trade your plastic ice cube trays out for stainless steel ones. Stop drinking water out of plastic bottles. Don’t heat food in plastic—especially not in the microwave.
14. Read More
Yes, you heard right. Read. There are books out there with sexual techniques, methods and positions (and ideas) that you might want to try to spice up your love life. Some of them even have pictures and how-to diagrams. On the job, you are probably always learning new things to be better at what you do. The same principle applies to your sexuality. The more you learn about your body and your partner’s body, the better you will perform on every level.
15. When in Doubt, Seek Professional Help
Prevention is always the best cure, but there are also new technological advances that can fix problems impacting male sexual health. Scientific advances in vascular research have introduced new treatments like low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave therapy, shown to drastically improve erectile function without adverse side effects when the problem is vascular in nature. It can be done in an office setting and treatments on average take only 20-30 minutes with no downtime.
Above all else, don’t let your sexual function inhibit you from experiencing intimacy and enjoying your life. Request more information about male sexual health and your prevention, enhancement and treatment options today. Call (724) 915-1049 or contact Martin Gallagher online.
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