How to make your erection stronger, Everything you need to know about erections, from the stages and types to physical and mental tips
There may come a time in any of our lives when our erections, which have often been (inconveniently) frequent throughout our lives, begin to take a nosedive. Perhaps this has already begun to happen to you, in which case don’t worry: it genuinely is a fairly frequent problem. How to make your erection stronger ?
Maybe you’ve already spoken to your GP, or maybe it’s not quite the right time for that chat but you still want some august medical advice. Well, look no further: GQ’s in-house doctor, Tamer Rezk, who also runs the medical wellness clinic Phycore, is here with everything you need to know.
If you’d like to know more about penis health as well, Dr Rezk has also done a guide for you too. Average penis size? The doctor will see you now. If you finish this piece and have concerns on any numbers of other issues, the GQ Doctor is also able to help you with your vegan diet, opiates, the keto diet, fibre intake, smoking and the side effects of cocaine.
The three stages of an erection
There are three stages to an erection and three types. The first stage is stimulus, which can be physical (yes, that means touching) or psychogenic (the wandering mind, which is often a bit more inappropriate). Second is engorgement – this is where your plumbing comes into play and essentially relates to blood flow to the penis. The body releases a key substance called nitrous oxide, which dilates blood vessels and increases blood flow, making the penis hard. Lastly, we have the wind down – let’s call it the “flop stage” (non-medical terminology here) – where the penis returns to its normal size. How to make your erection stronger?
The three types of erections
All three types of erection end up with the same result, but often through very different routes. The most common erections arise from physical contact. Perhaps next is the psychogenic erection, caused by visual (or audio) stimulus; often simple imagination, but no contact. The third and final type is your nocturnal erection. This comes when you are in the deep stage of sleep (also known as deep REM). Interestingly, while they can be a source of embarrassment to some, morning glory is often a sign of a healthy (and happy) penis. As my predecessor, Dr Nick Knight, said: think of it as penile resistance training.
What causes erectile dysfunction?
The first thing to remember is that there can be an issue with the anatomy itself (as outlined above), but more often than not it is due to a psychological component such as stress, relationship issues and/or anxiety and depression.
A lot of the lifestyle measures that are beneficial for your physical and mental wellbeing can also help improve erectile function.
Smoking and alcohol
Smoking is known to affect erectile function due to toxins from cigarettes damaging the blood vessels of the penis. While a modest amount of alcohol can help relax people and loosen inhibitions, too much alcohol can be associated with difficulty getting an erection and keeping it there.
One thing you can do more of (but not excessively) to improve things is exercise. Aerobic exercise will help improve blood vessel health, prevent furring of the arteries (yes, that includes the ones that supply the penis), help control body weight (excess fat in men will lead to an increased conversion of testosterone to oestrogen) and probably help with some of the psychological issues that can affect erectile function such as sleep, mood and confidence.
If you really want to go the extra mile, try some pelvic floor workouts to strengthen the penile muscles that retain blood needed for a healthy erection.
Dark berries, rich in the antioxidant anthocyanin, can help reduce the levels of free radicals (harmful to nitric oxide production) and allow for good penile blood flow. While there are no specific “erection diets”, achieving good control of any condition that affects your blood vessels, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or raised cholesterol, allows for better erections by minimising long-term vascular damage. How to make your erection stronger?
What to do next
Erections are special things and they depend on your physical health as well as your psychological wellbeing – something to think about if you are young and otherwise physically well.
If you feel that you are suffering with erectile dysfunction, speak to your doctor about it (it’s a common complaint). In the meantime, try and incorporate some of the suggestions above and if things don’t improve, you can explore other options, likely to be in the form of a small blue pill (AKA Viagra) which can be used to get you get back on the horse or, in some cases, to allow you to enjoy a healthy intimate life long term.Now read