Because erectile dysfunction is often related to poor blood flow, take steps that improve your cardiovascular health. Here are some suggestions to try:
Control your blood pressure, cholesterol level, and medical conditions like diabetes, and don't smoke.
Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs that may reduce sexual desire or affect your ability to maintain an erection.
Discuss side effects of medications with your doctor. Some drugs, especially those used to treat high blood pressure can...
Fears and concerns may also contribute to erection problems,
Worry about aging.
Worry about a
partner with health problems.
Concerns about poor communication between you and your
All of these situations and others-especially when associated with
stress, depression, anger, or anxiety-can cause temporary stress leading to
erection problems. Give yourself time to adjust to changes. It is okay if sex
is not a priority for a while. Generally after a few weeks, the erection
problem may pass.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
May 12, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 12, 2010
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