Currently, there are over 30 million reported cases of erectile dysfunction (ED) in the United States. There are likely millions more men that are suffering with this difficult medical condition that have gone unreported as well. ED can strike at any time but typically impacts the elderly much more. According to a study published by the Cleveland Clinic, approximately 40% of men over the age of 40 years old are affected by ED; and 70% of men over the age of 70 years old.
Sadly, there is no 100% cure, but there is something that men of any age can do to at least fight back against this embarrassing condition.
“The cases of erectile dysfunction have risen significantly in the past decade,” said Dr. S.S. Vasan, of Maniple Fertility. “While men believe that the main cause for the disorder is aging, it isn’t necessarily true. Changing lifestyles, stress, lack of exercise, [and] excessive smoking and drinking can have substantial impact on a person’s sexual health.”
According to Health 24, kegel exercises for men can significantly strengthen pelvic muscles, which in turn can help fight ED and other related issues.
Dr. Sandra Hilton, who has been studying men’s health and erectile dysfunction since 1986, says that pelvic floor muscles are essential for sexual function and have a remarkable ability to recover, including regaining strength, as well as improving coordination, stamina, and flexibility.
“Fluid, flexible, and strong muscles make squatting, sitting, walking, and sex more enjoyable,” said Dr. Hilton, a doctor of physical therapy at Entropy Physiotherapy and Wellness in Chicago.
Kegel exercises tighten pelvic floor muscles and can significantly improve bowel and bladder control as well as sexual performance.
“The mistakes about Kegels are usually from poor form,” Dr. Hilton added, “You might be using a lot of abdominals, holding your breath, and squeezing your gluteals or adductors (inner thighs) instead of the pelvic muscles.”
In addition to kegels, regular physical activity and exercise can help men improve their ED symptoms and prevent future issues.
Regular cardiovascular exercise can improve erectile function, as well as increase energy levels, improve muscle tone, and even lower blood pressure. Simply running, speed walking, rowing, using an elliptical trainer, biking, and swimming can significantly improve a person’s chance of fighting ED.
Swimming burns a lot of body calories because so many different body parts are involved in the activity. An individual can lose between 800 and 900 calories in just a single hour of swimming.
According to Harvard Medical School, a man struggling with sexual energy and ED issues needs to get moving quickly and often. Regular exercise is one of the best forms of natural energy improvement. Only 2.5 hours a week of moderate-intensity exercise can suffice for energy level increases and ED improvements.
“Never think lack of energy means an end to your sex life, and there is nothing you can do about it,” added Dr. Sharon Bober, director of the Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Sexual Health Program. “There are many strategies you can adopt to get back in the game.”