A whopping one in 10 men across the world suffer from erectile dysfunction ED at some point in their lives, so if it happens to you don't panic. Alcohol is a depressant which leads to delayed reactions and dampened nerves, interfering with your bedroom performance.
Smoking Being hooked on cigarettes can do some serious damage to your sex life without you knowing. The health risks of smoking are particularly shocking when it comes to men because fags can restrict blood flow to the penis making it more difficult to get an erection.
Sexual health and wellbeing expert Samantha Evans, co-owner of online sex toy retailer Jo Divine , said: Within 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your heart rate will begin to drop back toward a normal level. Sit back, relax, have a chat and chill out together to dispel any negative feelings and fire his libido back up. One in 10 men suffer from ED 4. You have other health problems You could be suffering from health complications that are impacting your erection.
The blood vessels in your penis are very small, only one or two millimetres in diameter, meaning they can easily get blocked by plaque caused by factors like a poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, age or genetics. But worse yet the build up of plaque can affect arteries that carry blood to your heart leading to shocking consequences like heart attack and death.
The worst culprits are anti-depressants and heart meds which could have sexual side effects. Visit your GP if you're concerned about your meds. Testosterone influences many physical processes in the body. It can also influence mood and mental capacity.
You're suffering from low testosterone If you have a persistent problem getting it up, it could be linked to testosterone levels. Testosterone is the main male sex hormone and plays a key role in libido. If you suddenly notice a drastic drop in sex drive, it may be due to unnatural hormone changes.
The hormone stimulates receptors in the brain to produce nitric oxide — a molecule that helps trigger an erection. When testosterone levels are too low , a man may have difficulty achieving an erection prior to sex or experience spontaneous erections.
Study author Dr Matthew Christman, said: