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How Your Lifestyle Is Messing With Your Penis

Posted in Personal Health 19 Feb, 2015

Penis problems can occur at any time and aren't necessarily age related. There are numerous lifestyle factors that can impact on your penis health and overall performance in the bedroom.

Many of these problems can be detrimental in terms of maintaining an erection but with some care and attention, they can be prevented. Some of the factors that can have an impact on penis health include alcohol, drugs, stress and anxiety. All of these can cause erection problems and make it more difficult to enjoy a healthy sex life.

Drinking alcohol

Alcohol is a depressant that can affect erectile function by making it hard for the corpus cavernosa to relax and allow blood flow into the penis. The more you drink, the more damage there is to the peripheral nervous system and therefore it can become difficult to get and to maintain an erection.

Prescription medications

There are many over the counter and prescription drugs that can cause erectile dysfunction and the reason for this is that they can suppress the nervous system, affecting the blood vessels and resulting in ED (erectile dysfunction). This can be a debilitating and embarrassing problem, especially if you're in a relationship or trying for a baby.

Stress and anxiety

Stress is a major culprit in erectile dysfunction. It can have a long-term physiological impact on the body, triggering mental, physical and emotional responses. Various life situations such as the death of a loved one, a new job, marriage, divorce, deadlines, money problems, legal problems, parenting or moving home can all take their toll on your health.

By identifying the main causes of stress along with any warning signs such as anger, sadness, frequent mood swings, etc you can begin to determine the physical and emotional signs attached to these feelings.

Stress trigger the adrenal glands to release adrenaline, activating the body's defence mechanisms. This is known as a 'fight or flight' response, preparing the body to respond to perceived threats. The result is high blood pressure, muscle tension and dilated pupils among other symptoms. The blood vessels constrict, which can result in reduced blood flow to areas such as the penis. Chronic stress can also cause testosterone levels to drop.

Addressing any emotional issues with your partner or taking part in relationship counseling may help to ease any personal worries you might have.

Cardiovascular health

Men with cardiovascular problems, heart disease or other underlying health issues may experience erectile dysfunction as one of the initial side effects. It's very important to visit your GP or doctor if you are experiencing ED and aren't taking alcohol or drugs or feeling stressed, as it could be a symptom of poor cardiovascular health. According to a special health report by the Harvard Medical School, "blood vessel problems are the leading cause of erectile dysfunction." The problems can usually be reversed by making simple lifestyle changes such as exercising more, losing excess weight and quitting smoking.

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