When it comes to a properly functioning penis, the rules are simple – proper blood flow and heart health lead to a good erectile response. While this statement is correct, it also happens to be a little bit simplified.
The erectile response is a complex one. It can be disturbed or strengthened by multiple factors. Researchers and doctors are constantly working on figuring out the causes of erectile dysfunction (ED). With time, they’ve managed to identify a number of little known reasons for the condition.
Have you heard about BPA? It’s become quite infamous lately and it’s been blamed for an array of health problems, including ED.
BPA stands for bisphenol-A. This is a chemical found in certain kinds of hard plastic. BPA can sometimes be found in the plastic that food containers and baby bottles are made of. Unfortunately, the chemical could potentially leach into the food or liquid that the plastic container holds.
A new study has linked BPA to the development of erectile dysfunction.
This is one of the first few conducted in humans and while BPA happens to be highly controversial, the experiment sheds some light on the manner in which it could affect human health adversely.
The experiment involved a group of men working with BPA. These men had a much higher risk of erectile dysfunction and ejaculatory problems than the men who aren’t exposed to high quantities of bisphenol-A.
The study was carried out in China and it involved 230 men who worked in factories producing plastic and epoxy resin, as well as 400 random men representing other industries. Not only did the BPA group experience higher levels of ED, these men were also more likely to suffer from al low libido. They also reported a lower level of satisfaction with sex than men in the control group.
There are numerous things you can do to avoid BPA exposure. For a start, refrain from buying prepackaged foods or drinks in plastic bottles. Making food and beverages from scratch at home will deliver optimal health benefits. Cardboard and glass containers should also be preferred over plastic ones. Keep in mind that heat increases BPA in food so if you have food in plastic containers, you should keep it properly refrigerated.
What’s the link between your gums and your penis, you may ask? Let us elaborate.
A chronic inflammation of the gums could affect a bit more than your oral health. A new study has actually established a link between gum disease and ED.
Researchers have also found out that gum disease is much more common in the men who suffer from erectile dysfunction than the ones that don’t. While some researchers say that the link is a far stretch, it’s definitely something worth investigating into.
More evidence will be required to make certain the two medical conditions are somewhat related. For the time being, however, it’s a good idea to brush your teeth two times per day and to floss religiously. You don’t want to accept the risk of losing your erections because of poor oral hygiene, do you?
The list of seemingly unrelated medical conditions is endless! This one comes from Germany where researchers have identified a link between sleep apnea and erectile dysfunction.
Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by snoring and deep breathing during the night, followed by periods of breathing cessation. This start and stop mechanism is quite taxing on the body. In fact, sleep apnea has been linked to high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems.
Sleep apnea is also more common among overweight individuals than men who have a healthy weight. Needless to say, obesity is one of the most prominent ED risk factors.
Once again, this information is based on a relatively small study. Other experiments have shown that snoring or sleep apnea aren’t particularly linked to ED. Thus, ladies you shouldn’t be too worried if the man sleeping next to you is snoring or suffering from sleep apnea. You may simply want to deal with the issue in order to enjoy more restful sleep during the night.
Too Much Biking
Prolonged periods of biking increase the likelihood of suffering from ED. A study was carried out in 2005 and presented in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Researchers found out that four percent of bicyclists who enjoy the activity for three hours per week or more suffer from ED.
The explanation here is a simple one – all of the problems stem from the bike seat. Quite narrow, the seat provides limited support. At the same time, it puts a lot of pressure on the nerves and the blood vessels reaching the penis.
One of the easiest ways to avoid the risk is to change your bike seat. A bigger one will give you a chance to enjoy your favorite activity without jeopardizing your performance in the bedroom.
It seems that men who want to enjoy powerful erections need to get rid of their bikes, food in plastic containers and even their smartphones. Unfortunately, researchers have established a link between the use of mobile technology and inadequate bedroom performance.
A study was carried out in 2013 and presented in the Central European Journal of Urology.
Researchers worked with 20 volunteers who were complaining of ED and 10 healthy male volunteers. The volunteers were asked to fill out questionnaires about their daily habits, including smartphone use. The men suffering from ED were found to carry their switched on phones for a longer period per day than the healthy volunteers in the control group.
Obviously, the size of the sample is very small to reach a valid conclusion and declare smartphones the root of all evil. To be on the safe side, however, you may want to keep your phone in a bag rather than a pocket.
Smartphones have been examined for the negative effect they could have on human health (including cancer) but most clinical trials have come out to be inconclusive. To be on the safe side, however, you may simply consider undertaking steps that will reduce the amount of time you’re using a smartphone.
The final factor we’re going to speak about makes absolutely no sense, which is why it’s worth mentioning.
A study carried out in 2011 has established a link between the use of aspirin and ED. The experiment took place in Finland and a similar one was carried out in the US, as well. Both studies had similar results.
Researchers wanted to test the hypothesis of ED being caused by inflammation. This is why aspirin and other anti-inflammatory meds were used on large groups of volunteers. Instead of improving the situation, however, the medications led to a 22 percent increase in the ED risk.
Similar risk was experienced by the men using other popular OTC anti-inflammatory drugs.
According to one of the theories attempting to explain the bizarre result, aspirin improves the flow of blood but it could impede the erectile mechanism in other ways. Much more scientific work will be required to figure out what anti-inflammatory drugs do in the body and why men who rely on such medications frequently are more extensive ED sufferers than the ones who don’t.
This article focuses on some new research and theories that medics have. The widespread cause of ED are well-known and the ones mentioned in the article could be seen as contributing factors. If you’re experiencing ED, you should see an experienced urologist. Don’t attempt to treat the condition on your own by going for lifestyle changes. Quite often, ED is indicative of much more serious cardiovascular problems.