Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood on December 02, 2011


High Blood Pressure and Sexual Problems; Celia Dominguez, MD, Emory Reproductive Center. Pelvic floor exercises for erectile dysfunction. Dorey G, Speakman MJ, Feneley RC, Swinkels A, Dunn CD. The Somerset Nuffield Hospital, Taunton, UK.

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Narrator: We all know that exercise can tone our bodies and make them healthier…even more attractive…. But did you know it can also improve your sex life?

Celia Dominguez, MD: Increasing the muscle tone of the body, and increasing the blood flow to the body and increasing the agility. Agility is critically important for balance and for being able to position oneself appropriately in sex and feeling comfortable when one is in sexual positions.

Narrator: Start with a cardiovascular program to get your heart in shape and improve blood flow, especially to the area you'll need it most. Getting the heart pumping can also help up top. Endorphins are triggered more efficiently, helping you keep the blues away. In fact, good mental health can be key for healthy sexual performance. Next, add pelvic exercises, called Kegels, that will improve sexual satisfaction. If you're thinking kegels were just for women, think again

Celia Dominguez, MD: Tightening the muscle around the penis can definitely improve the feeling for the male

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Narrator: A study of 55 men with erectile dysfunction, or E-D showed 75% improved or regained normal performance by doing Kegels every day

Celia Dominguez, MD: The description of a kegel for a female is to attempt to hold your urine. It's very similar in a man, he can use the same muscular not only for urination, but also of defecation.

Narrator: To see results, you'll need to do Kegels several times a day for 8-12 weeks. The good news is that you can do Kegels anywhere-- in the car, at work, or while watching TV. One caution: working up a sweat for better sex will only help if you're on top of any health issues, like diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease. For men, these conditions are highly linked to ED. Eat a healthy, low-fat diet to keep arteries clear and weight down. Check medications for sexual side effects…especially those for anxiety and depression Get proper sleep, and no matter what don't make the mistake of thinking smoking is sexy. For WebMD, I'm Damon Meharg.