Urologist Dr. Aaron Spitz defines erectile dysfunction (ED) as a man’s inability to have or sustain an erection long enough to have satisfying sex. He explains that an erection is a complex orchestration of the brain, nerves, chemicals, spongy tissue and blood flow. In addition to Viagra, several treatments are available to help a man achieve and sustain an erection. A vacuum pump, prostaglandin injections and penile implants are all various means to get the job done.
Use It or Lose It
The simple truth of erectile dysfunction is that men need to use their erections or risk losing them. OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson comments that the same “use it or lose it” adage holds true for the ladies as well. “The vagina is a muscle,” she explains, “and if you don’t use it, it will shrink and I’m sorry to say – shrivel up if you don’t use it.”
Watermelon: The New Viagra?
Recent evidence suggests that watermelon may be nature’s own Viagra. Watermelon contains L-citrulline, an amino acid that can help relax the body’s blood vessels, causing an effect similar to Viagra, a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction.
Trouble Maintaining an Erection?
If your man is having problems maintaining an erection, one solution may be to eat asparagus. Loaded with vitamin E, this vegetable will promote testosterone production and blood flow to the area. Other steps to resolve the issue include: staying active, reducing stress and eating plenty of fruits and veggies.
"If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, asparagus is not going to be the [definitive] answer," ER physician Dr. Travis Stork explains. "You have to talk to your doctor about treatment options."