Erectile dysfunction

Updated 03 August 2018

Preventing erectile dysfunction

Many erection problems can be prevented or even reversed by a more relaxed approach to sex and by rediscovering sensuality.

Sexual intimacy is a form of communication. If you and your partner talk about your lovemaking, it will help reduce your stress and anxiety so that your sexual activity may become more relaxed. Many people avoid talking about problems in their sexual relationship.

It may gradually become more difficult to get and maintain an erection as you get older. However, foreplay and the right environment can increase your ability to have an erection, regardless of your age.

Add to this: a healthy lifestyle, maintaining the correct weight, doing exercise, not smoking and treating underlying diseases.  What is good for your heart is good for your penis.

Bicycle seats and impotence

Cycling is an important exercise to keep fit. In a small percentage of men it might cause erectile dysfunction, which is usually temporary. Special saddles might lower the risk. Studies have actually shown that cyclists in general have a lower rate of erectile dysfunction than the general population – probably because of their improved cardiovascular health.

Read more: 

What is ED? 

Causes of ED 

Treatment of ED

Reviewed by Dr Dave Bowden MBBCh (Wits), FCS (SA) Urol. Specialist Urologist in private practice, Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital, Cape Town. (February 2015)


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