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This article explores the steps that can be taken to prevent or cure erectile dysfunction

It is possible to prevent or cure ED

Men suffer from erectile dysfunctions for a variety of reasons. Lifestyle changes may be instrumental in helping to prevent or come up with a cure for ED for each sufferer.

Psychological counseling

If the ED problems are caused by stress, anxiety, depression, or another mental health issue, the doctor may suggest that a visit to a psychologist or counselor for more help. Even if it is caused by something physical, ED can create stress and relationship tension, making the ED worse.


A healthy, positive lifestyle can lead to a healthy, active love life. A variety of risk factors in an unhealthy lifestyle can contribute to ED problems. They include:
Medical conditions, particularly diabetes or heart problems.
Using tobacco. It restricts blood flow to the veins and arteries. Over time it can cause chronic health problems that can be a contributing factor to ED.
Being overweight. Obesity can hamper blood flow.
Certain medical treatments, especially prostate surgery or radiation treatment for cancer.
Injuries, principally if they damage the nerves that control erections.
Medications, including antidepressants, antihistamines and medicines to treat high blood pressure, pain or prostate cancer.
Psychological conditions, such as stress, anxiety or depression.
Drug and alcohol use, especially for a long-term drug user or heavy drinker.

Positive changes

For many men, ED disorders are caused or worsened by lifestyle choices. Here are some things to do that may help:
Quit smoking. Get help quitting if necessary. Try nicotine replacement products available over-the-counter, or ask about prescription medication to help.
Lose weight. Being overweight can cause ED.
Get regular exercise. This can help with underlying problems that play a part in ED in a number of ways, including reducing stress, helping to lose weight and increasing blood flow.
Get treatment for alcohol or drug problems. Drinking too much or taking certain illegal drugs can worsen ED directly or by causing long-term health problems.
Work through relationship issues. Improve communication and consider couples or marriage counseling if there is trouble with working through problems on without it.
Work with a doctor to manage diabetes, heart disease or other chronic health problems.

Common Sense Measures

Keep in mind that because most alternative and complementary treatments are not regulated, it is difficult to know what a person is getting. Here are some tips to follow when considering ED home remedies.
Talk to the doctor about any herbal products being considering.
If experiencing side effects such as nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, anxiety, insomnia, diarrhea, or skin rashes, stop taking the herbal product and notify the doctor.
Avoid products made with more than one herb.
Beware of commercial claims of what herbal products can do. Look for science-based sources of information.
Select brands carefully. Only purchase brands that list the herb's common and scientific name, the name and address of the manufacturer, a batch and lot number, expiration date, dosage guidelines, and potential side effects.
Above all, if taking over-the-counter supplements, be sure the doctor is aware of it before combining with prescription drugs.


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