If you're having trouble giving and getting satisfaction out of sex you're not alone. About 30 million American men suffer in silence while desperately googling phrases like: "can't get hard", "can only get semi erect" or "how to cure PE permanently".
Whether it's weak blood circulation, hormonal imbalance, injury or emotional issues, the cause of your dysfunction will determine the custom treatment that complements your age, genetics, general health and lifestyle.
Younger men who've just recently become sexually active may have less control - up to 35 percent of them experience early ejaculation often enough to cause concern. Excitement, fear and anxiety about sex, or alcohol and drug use may be to blame.
Andropause is a more common culprit for men over 50. A man's testosterone levels start to decline about 1% each year once he reaches his 40s. His orgasms might become less satisfying and his libido may wane - making him moody or sluggish. On the other hand, aging may improve orgasms. Many middle-aged couples enjoy sex more once the kids - and the fear of pregnancy - are gone, but they may need a testosterone boost for stronger erections.
Men of all ages want sexual spontaneity. Traditional pills, creams, and medical devices often disrupt it, and kill the thrill for you and your partner. That's why at the Grand Rapids Men's Clinic our sexual health specialists study and prescribe a wide spectrum of treatments for every type of dysfunction and every type of man.
Satisfying sex requires honest discussion and openness to a variety of treatments for:
One or more of these factors may be disrupting your sexual performance and satisfaction - and, they may shift and overlap throughout your life stages and relationship circumstances.
A weak pelvic floor is a common cause of many dysfunctions. Like a hammock, your pelvic floor muscles help your organs stay put. It can weaken after surgery or weight gain, and in patients with diabetes or inflammatory bowel disease. Doing Kegel exercises regularly may help you get better erections and enjoy more intense orgasms. You can do Kegels while watching TV, working at your desk, or riding the bus to the office.
These dysfunctions may have multiple causes, both biological and psychological, which include:
Good sex requires good health. Eating a quality diet, exercising, reducing stress and avoiding alcohol, nicotine and drugs is your best defense.
Wearing condoms coated with a mild anesthetic on the inside to desensitize the penis can help you last longer. Masturbating before sex can also help you work out your staying power.
Keep in mind that it may take a few weeks to see consistent results from all of the following:
When doing Kegels, it's important that none of your other muscles tighten - make sure the muscles in your stomach, chest, buttocks, and thighs stay relaxed, and don't hold your breath.
Research shows that Kegels may be able to shorten the refractory period - the resting time between orgasm and another erection. The stream ejaculation semen may also become stronger. Our sexual health specialists can help you craft an exercise plan that'll best complement your age, genetics, deficiencies and lifestyle.
If you've been trying to discover how to cure PE permanently, you may have heard that many men are taking phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (PDE5s). These drugs regulate systemic blood pressure and enable production of cGMP, a protein activator that enhances blood flow. However, long term use can aggravate liver and kidney dysfunction, while causing dizziness and vision problems.
Commercials and ads for Stendra, Viagra, Cialis and Levitra are ubiquitous - and so are their speedily recited side effects: from dizziness and diarrhea to muscle pain and heart abnormalities. That's why it's imperative that you inform your sexual health specialist about all health conditions you're struggling with and medications you're taking before considering this option.
Much research has been done on how to cure ED fast, but when the root causes are complex and long in the making, the treatment too, will require some time and effort.
The best medicine for erectile dysfunction without side effects is supervised supplementation with mineral and botanical supplements. What vitamins are good for erectile dysfunction? That depends on your age, genetics and current deficiencies - so make sure to work with one of our sexual health specialists who've diagnosed and treated hundreds of men in all life stages.
Always remember that in botanical medicine active ingredients are distributed unevenly throughout the plant, so the concentrations in individual supplements can vary.
Some of the most commonly prescribed and widely studied supplements include:
Traditional Chinese Medicine emphasizes holistic harmonization of all your body organs to achieve a healthy sex life.
In TCM principles, the liver governs the tendons. And your genitals are the gathering place of the ancestral tendon. Liver stagnation - which can be caused by hormonal or emotional imbalances - can obstruct all liver-governed meridians, draining the ancestral tendon and leading to ED. Kidney dysfunction can also reach the genitalia, making it limp and wilted.
When free radicals and other toxins accumulate, male hormone supplementation may not be enough to resolve your dysfunction. Stimulating the appropriate meridians can enable the interstitium - the fluid between your skin and muscle - to remove toxins and free radicals, promote cardio-cerebral blood circulation, and holistically regulate your blood fat as well as your digestive, respiratory and endocrine systems.
Research has shown that acupuncture combined with herbal medicine has an even stronger therapeutic impact on erectile dysfunction.
Acoustic wave therapy generates low-intensity soundwaves that clear your blood vessels of micro-plaque, maximizing your blood flow and stimulating the growth of new blood vessels in your penis. It also stimulates the growth of new nerve tissue for heightened sensitivity and penis responsiveness - a process known as neurogenesis.
The most exciting result of this innovative therapy is the triggering of dormant stem cells. These powerful cells activate new cell growth, resulting in strong erections, enhanced enjoyment, and optimized sexual performance.
Acoustic wave therapy is also an effective treatment for Peyronie's disease. Soundwaves disrupt scar tissue and stimulate healthy new tissue growth, reducing or eliminating the painful penis bend. In time, this scar tissue breaks down and disappears and is replaced with healthy new tissue - eliminating the bend and the discomfort.
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The P-shot (Priapus shot) is an injection of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), an advanced serum synthesized from your own blood. PRP contains many more platelets than are typically found in blood. Platelet concentrations also contain special proteins called growth factors.
Concentrations can contain up to 10 times more growth factors than typical blood samples, so they may promote soft tissue cell regeneration and control inflammation, increasing the size and strength of your erections.
Your Men's Clinic technician will draw a sample of your blood and separate it from the platelets in a centrifuge. Your platelet and growth factor serum will then be placed into a syringe and, with ultrasound imaging guidance, injected into your corpus cavernosum, the vascular function area of your penis responsible for erection.
PRP contains a slew of beneficial cells - vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), fibroblast growth factor (EGF), transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-β1) hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), and insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) - which have proven regenerative properties. They may also improve your nerve and vascular function.
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Good sex is one of life's greatest gifts - don't let a little dysfunction rob you of it. At the Grand Rapids Men's Clinic your sexual health is our priority. Treating sexual dysfunction is a science and an art - because each solution is as unique as you are.