You might be surprised to find out that erection problems genuinely happen to everyone at some point. Your erection is more sensitive than you may know, and you shouldn't go running straight for a prescription to solve that issue. There are many ways to improve your erectile strength and reliability without having to rely on harmful and potentially addictive medications.
However, some people need a little extra help from medications like Viagra or Cialis. Take the time to figure out whether or not you need medical intervention to continue your sex life. Until then, see if any of this sounds familiar to you.
An erection happens in the penis.
During arousal, your arteries relax and open up the blood vessels in the penis.
Once the arteries are opened up, they let in additional blood flow - meanwhile, the veins close up.
Once your penis is engorged with blood, pressure traps that blood inside your penis.
This process causes your penis to expand and hold an erection.
There are three main types of erections
1) Night erections - the average male has about 3-6 of these every night.
2) Reflexogenic erections- these happen due to your penis being physically stimulated by a hand, some fabric, or a sex toy.
3) Psychogenic erections - these erections happen as a result of something you're thinking about, seeing, watching, or fantasizing about.
The majority of erections are caused by reflexogenic and psychogenic stimulation. But, nighttime erections are the primary indicator that you may have erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence.
Your nighttime erections are entirely natural and signify that your body is in good health. These can be an excellent barometer of other health issues as you age. If you do not get boners at night, you should talk to a doctor.
The easiest way to tell if you might have true ED is to go to sleep! We mean doing a simple at-home preliminary test to find out if you should speak with a doctor.
How can you tell if you get boners at night? Just because you don't remember them doesn't mean they didn't happen. The classic "stamp test", as discussed in the famous showSex and the City, is actually helpful.
If you wake up and find that the role of stamps has ripped, you got a nighttime erection! That means you likely don't have erectile dysfunction and may need to look to other areas of your life to improve your erectile strength.
If the stamps didn't break or slipped off during the night, try again for a few more nights. If you find they consistently do not rip or keep falling off, talk to your doctor about an erection study.
There are all kinds of potential causes for erectile difficulties. Your penis and sexual arousal system are much more sensitive than you think. There are a few different settings you need to consider that may cause you to have erectile problems.
Context is always crucial! Regardless of what you learned in porn about always being able to immediately "rise to the occasion", it may take a little more than you used to need. Consider if any of these factors are impacting your sexual experience:
Masturbation is the bedrock of all sexual pleasure and experience. Your masturbation habits as you form your sexual identity and solo sex habits can directly impact your sexual arousal system.
Of course, your general physical and mental health will directly impact your erections. If you're living an unhealthy lifestyle or aren't prioritizing self-care enough, the first indicator is often your erection.
Most men with erectile issues are quick to run to their doctor for a Viagra prescription. But there are so many other safer alternatives that you can try first that can help you improve your erection without the help of drugs.
Erectile difficulties are not the end of the world. They signal that you need to start paying better attention to your mental and physical health. You can begin making healthy lifestyle changes to ensure that your erections stay around for many years.
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Elaine S. Turner
Resident Sexologist | Sex & Relationship Coach | Pleasure Product expert
6 min read
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