Most men can tell you from experience that getting really drunk can make it difficult to get or keep an erection.
But what about the less common causes of erectile dysfunction (ED)? Here are a few you may not know about.
Commonly used medications
While depression can cause ED, so can certain antidepressants. But don’t assume it’s a lose-lose; if you’ve got depression, talk to your doctor about possible medications.
It’s SSRIs—which boost serotonin levels—that are sexual inhibitors and can cause ED. There are other kinds of antidepressants to consider.
If you’re experiencing ED, you may also want to talk to your doctor about other drugs and medications you’re taking that could be affecting your erections.
Propecia, the hair growth drug, and some blood pressure medications that work as diuretics, can also contribute to ED.
Again, it’s not an either-or issue; you don’t need to choose between having sex and controlling your blood pressure. Your doctor may just switch you to an ACE inhibitor, which works by widening blood vessels and increasing blood flow.
If you’re eating canned vegetables, switch to fresh ones. Many cans contain bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical that inhibits sex hormones in men.
When you purchase reusable plastic containers and water bottles, make sure they are labeled “BPA free.”
Research has found that hard bike seats can squeeze off the nerves and arteries needed for sexual function.
Choose leather seats instead of plastic, or a recumbent bike, which distributes your weight better.
Bad oral hygiene
If you’re not brushing and flossing regularly, you could be affecting your sex life by more than just bad breath!
Bacteria in your mouth that gets into your bloodstream can combine with plaque to block blood vessels. Not enough blood to the penis will make it difficult to get an erection.
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