While there are a diverse range of root causes for Erectile Dysfunction, the majority of cases stem from a very small number of potential issues. For most, ED is a primarily mental problem, caused by anxiety, depression, stress and similar conditions. In other cases, however, the cause for ED is a more physical issue, from specific penile damage to more general health issues.
On this page, we’re exploring some of the more effective exercises and options for improving the symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction. If you’re suffering from ED, we’d strongly recommend talking to your doctor to understand more about the cause - in many cases, it’s possible to cure the condition.
In many cases, where there’s a physical cause for ED, it stems from an overall health issue, rather than being some specific injury or penile-specific problem. Improving your overall health can have a significant impact on your ED. If you’re not already, we strongly recommend starting up a fitness regime (though this doesn’t have to be intense - even regularly walking can help), while cutting out excessive drinking, smoking or drug use.
Alongside a standard fitness regime, however, there are some exercises specifically designed to improve the symptoms of ED:
Penile Kegels: Kegel exercises aren’t just for women - they’re a powerful way to train muscles around the genitals, and many report a noticeable improvement for their ED after getting started. If you haven’t exercised the region before, it can be difficult to know where to start. Try to stop in the middle of urination - this exercises the pelvic floor muscles.
Once you know how it’s done, try out penile kegel exercises by flexing the muscles for about 5 seconds at a time, repeating this about 10 times in a session. While it may take quite a while to build up to the point where you’re able to perform a full session, penile kegels can make a major difference for both ED and sexual stamina.
Pelvic Exercise: Along with penile kegels, there are quite a few exercises that work on muscles around the pelvis. Try starting off with leg raises: lie on your back with bent knees, feet on the floor. Keeping everything else still, raise one foot, breathe in, and return to the ground, switching legs between repetitions.
Vacuum Pump Exercises: For those looking for a way to quickly counteract the effects of ED and restore sexual function, vacuum pumps are an effective, powerful option. Restoring sexual function for 90% of men, while helping with Premature Ejaculation and similar issues, vacuum pumps like VaxAid are able to make a genuine, lasting difference for those affected by ED.
While actively addressing the psychological issues behind Erectile Dysfunction may seem impossible, it’s often possible to make some headway against the condition with a few simple relaxation exercises. With psychologically-caused ED resulting from more common conditions like anxiety, being able to effectively destress can have a major effect.
However, we’d still recommend talking to your doctor about the cause of your Erectile Dysfunction - even if it seems to be a purely psychological issue, there may be some other cause that your doctor can diagnose.
Although meditation may seem somewhat cliched, or unlikely to assist, it’s actually a genuinely effective way to cut down stress, and it’s simple to start off with: