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Understanding Erectile Dysfunction -- Prevention

How Can I Prevent Erectile Dysfunction?

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 contribute to erectile dysfunction. Additionally, prostate disease drugs as well as antidepressants and other medications used to treat psychological conditions may cause erectile dysfunction.
  • Try to establish open communication with your sexual partner as a way to ease tensions that could be affecting your performance.

Remember that occasional problems with erections are normal. Worrying about past failures can interfere with present pleasure.

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Natural Remedies for Erectile Dysfunction

From acupuncture to arginine, from ginseng to pomegranate juice, men have tried all sorts of natural remedies for erectile dysfunction (ED) -- which doctors define as the repeated inability to get or maintain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. But are these alternative remedies safe? Do they really work? The scientific evidence to support the use of natural remedies for impotence is sketchy; many of the studies that seem to give the remedies a thumbs-up were so poorly designed that...

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Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on April 04, 2014

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