4 Things That Can Hinder Male Arousal

After reading this Men’s Health Article, we agree that there could be a variety of things hindering a male erection. Take a look below for some quick tips, and remember, always consult a physician when stopping or starting new medication.

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 1.    What medications are you taking?

Certain antidepressants, blood pressure medications, narcotic pain relievers, and antihistamines can cause problems with an erection. But even over the counter meds might be causing you to droop. One of the most surprising culprits? Your allergy or cold medicine.

“The mechanism behind an erection is the exact opposite of having an adrenaline rush, and Sudafed acts very similar to epinephrine—the adrenaline hormone—killing any ability to get aroused,” says Harry Fisch, M.D., clinical professor of urology and reproductive medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital

2.    Check your spare tire… no not the one on your car…

Men with a waist circumference of 39 inches or greater are more than twice as likely to have erectile dysfunction as those with waists below 35 inches. A high waist circumference indicates higher levels of harmful visceral fat. And visceral fat is linked to lower testosterone and more inflammation, both factors which can hurt your penis.

3.    Are you a smoker?

Everyone knows smoking is bad for your health, but most people don’t realize there is a direct relationship between cigarette smoking and ED.

Doing it can damage the lining of the blood vessels, which affects the smooth muscle in the penis and inhibits blood from flowing in. In fact, guys who smoke are 51 percent more likely to experience ED than men who don’t puff on cigs, a meta-analysis from China concluded.

4.    Are you getting enough sleep?

Scoring more sleep is always important, but even a few late nights can stifle your arousal.  Researchers from the University of Chicago found that sleeping 5 hours or less tanked testosterone levels of young, healthy guys by 10 percent after only a few days.Plus, the balance of brain hormones that have an effect on your erection—like dopamine and serotonin—are regulated by sleep. Solid shuteye is most important in younger guys, for whom low T plays a larger part in their ability to get it up.

Try to aim for at least 6 hours a night, though 7 or 8 is ideal


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