Erectile dysfunction occurs when a man cannot get or maintain an erection. It is common in men of all ages. Muscles, especially those important in maintaining an erection, sometimes lose tone and strength. As a result, exercises can help to reverse erectile dysfunction. Cases and risk factors for erectile dysfunction include:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Metabolic syndrome
- Prostate cancer
- Low levels of physical activity
- Alcohol use
Doctors may prescribe phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors, such as drugs for erectile dysfunction. Lifestyle changes. Including exercise and weight loss, are also effective in treating erectile dysfunction.
Exercise vs Other Treatments
Treating the cause of erectile dysfunction will have long-lasting results, while medication only provides temporary relief. Also, some people find medication to be ineffective. Sometimes, psychological factors are responsible for erectile dysfunction. In these cases, a person can benefit from forms of talking therapy.
What types of exercise can help?
Exercises that strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor can benefit people with ED. The pelvic floor muscles are key in sustaining blood flow to the penis and maintaining erections.
The muscles do this by putting pressure on the penile veins the pressure prevents blood from leaving the area, making an erection.
Pelvic floor exercises, or Kegels, are the most beneficial for erectile dysfunction. These exercises target the muscles at the bottom of the pelvis, and particularly one called the pubococcygeus. This loops from the pubic bone to the tailbone and supports the pelvic organs.
When this muscle weakens, it is unable to prevent blood from flowing out of the erect penis. Performing pelvic floor exercises will strengthen and improve tone in the pubococcygeus. It can take 4-6 weeks before a person notices a difference in erection.
Things to Remember When Exercising
At first, a person may only be able to perform an exercise three or four times. Build strength by practising the exercises daily. Eventually, work up to 10 repetitions of each exercise per day. If a person stops doing the exercises, the muscles may weaken, and ED may return.
Other types of exercise that can help
- Spin classes
A person should keep up their aerobic exercise routine for at least 6 months. Exercise is essential for maintaining the health of the blood vessels and the heart. Also, people with cardiovascular disease have an increased risk of erectile dysfunction.
If you’re looking for erectile dysfunction treatments then get in touch and come and with a Urologist!