November will be here before you know it, and so will People Magazine’s 2013 winner of the Sexiest Man Alive. It’s just one more reminder that the perfect male specimen is handsome, chiseled and virile.

We can’t do much if don’t look like Brad Pitt or Ben Affleck, but there’s a whole lot you can do to turn around your sex life, especially if you feel less than adequate in the bedroom and suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED). If you suffer from ED, you don’t need anyone to explain the definition.

You Discovered there’s no Silver Bullet

For many years now, a handful of medications have been available for sufferers of ED. Offering the promise of renewed intimacy and sexual pleasure, millions of men have obtained prescriptions from their physicians, hoping for revolutionary changes.

For some, the results have been satisfactory, but for others, the results have been disappointing, with many men reporting that they could achieve an erection, but they still had difficulty ejaculating.  Many others reported problems with premature ejaculation. And about 65% of men reported decreased sensation and reduced pleasure during intercourse.  In other words, hope in a vial of medicine proved to be no solution at all.

Not Quite Rocket Science, but Close

Obtaining an erection is not simple science.  First your brain needs to fire up nerves and neurons and send signals to your penis. Those signals travel down your spinal cord with instructions to relax pelvic muscles. The resultant muscle relaxation causes increased blood flow to the penis, resulting in rigidity. On the surface, this process seems uncomplicated, but any number of things can go wrong between the brain and the penis to prevent erectile stiffness.

Sometimes it’s about the Brain

It’s time to get some facts about ED and what to do about it. Foremost you need to identify potential causes of your problem, and sometimes it has very little to do with sex itself. Do you suffer from depression? Do you often feel stressed out? Do you self-medicate with alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana? These chemicals function as nervous system depressants and restrict neurons in your brain from firing. That in turn affects the signals it sends to your organs

Sometimes it’s the Hardware

Systemic diseases like diabetes and atherosclerosis can affect the ability to obtain an erection. A well-known complication from diabetes is damage to nerves and blood vessels. Vascular and heart disease also affect blood flow to critical organs in the body. Prior physical injuries involving the pelvis, spinal cord and bladder may be another root of your problem.  Prostate enlargement is another common culprit.  As many men grow older, their prostate enlarges, restricting blood flow to the pelvic cavity and contributing to ED.

Now you understand the basic facts? Are you ready to try a fresh approach to changing your sex life?

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