Expert: good habits to get into, to maintain an erection throughout your life
Erectile problems are common and get more so the older you get. But for those wanting to increase their chances of maintaining their potency even later in life, there are several things you can do. Here, Stefan Arver, specialist in men's medicine at the Karolinska Institute, offers his six best tips.
1. Continue masturbating and having sex
Continue to masturbate and have sex even if you have erection problems. Continuing to have sex increases the blood flow, which in turn, means that the elasticity of the blood vessels and tissue is maintained. By continuing to have sex, it also means that the brain “remembers” what to do to get an erection, which, in turn, means that you retain the ability.
2. Be active
Physical activity is good for your erection because it counteracts obesity, high blood pressure and high blood fats. Exercise also has a positive effect on various brain functions that can increase the chances of getting an erection. A 45 minute walk, 3 times a week is enough.
3. Be careful with alcohol
Be especially careful with drinking every day. Alcohol affects the brain’s reward system and can lead to low levels of the signaling substances that are important for desire.
4. Don’t smoke
Smoking leads to atherosclerosis and constricts the blood vessels, which in turn, negatively affects erections.
5. Work on your relationship
Having a good relationship with your partner is important for both desire and performance
6. Talk about it
Talk to each other, even about erectile problems. Sweeping the problem under the carpet only makes it worse.