Black Men & Erectile Dysfunction (ED):
Various health conditions can affect the nerves, muscles and blood flow that is required to have and erection. They include Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Hardening of the Arties, Spinal cord injuries, and multiple sclerosis can contribute to ED. Other contributing factors include:
Depression – The brain is an often-overlooked erogenous zone. Sexual excitement starts in your head and works its way down. Depression can dampen your desire and can lead to erectile dysfunction. Ironically, many of the drugs used to treat depression can also suppress your sex drive and make it harder to get an erection, and they can cause a delay in your orgasm.
Alcohol – You might consider having a few drinks to get in the mood, but overindulging could make it harder for you to finish the act. Heavy alcohol use can interfere with erections, but the effects are usually temporary. The good news is that moderate drinking — one or two drinks a day — might have health benefits like reducing heart disease risks.
Excess Belly Fat – Carrying extra pounds can impact your sexual performance, and not just by lowering your self-esteem. Obese men have lower levels of the male hormone testosterone, which is important for sexual desire and producing an erection. Being overweight is also linked to high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries which can reduce blood flow to the penis.
Low Libido – This isn’t the same erectile dysfunction but a lot of the same factors that stifle and erection can also dampen your interest in sex. Low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, and certain medication can all reduce your sex drive. All these factors can significantly impact your sex drive.
Medications – The contents of your medicine cabinet could affect your performance in the bedroom. A long list of common drugs can cause ED, including certain blood pressure drugs, pain medications, and antidepressants. But do not stop taking any medicines without talking to your doctor first. Street drugs like amphetamines, cocaine, and marijuana can cause sexual problems in men as well.
Talk to your doctor – If you’re experiencing it’s best to speak with your doctor. Although embarrassing, it’s the best way to get treated and back to being intimate with your partner. Your doctor can pinpoint contributing factors and make lifestyle recommendations such as quitting smoking, losing weight.