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Step by Step Therapy to Treat your Erectile Dysfunction

Firstly, Some Biological Basics.

If you want to fast track you can skip this section on Biological Basics and go straight to the Lifestyle recommendations which follow or even at the end of this Step: Lifestyle & Nutrition: Give your Dick the Best Chance. However, I’d like you to stick with it as knowledge is power and the more you understand your make up the better the Lifestyle and Nutrition recommendations will work for your Dick’s erections.

I’d like to repeat one of my favourite sayings: you are what you eat and experience. But let’s start at the basic building block of what you are to appreciate the importance of what you eat and experience.

Firstly, cousin Dickxy insists we brush up on some basic biology and chemistry. The cell is the basic structure and functional unit of all living organisms and you are no more than a collection of cells. It is the building block of everything in your body: your brain, blood, muscles etc. and of course, the entire make up of your Dick. Humans contain about 10 trillion cells and most plant and animal cells are around 1 millionth of a metre in size, hence only visible with a microscope.

Cells are made of molecules which are made up of one or more atoms. If you recall your chemistry, you may remember the table of elements. An atom is the basic unit of any element and elements like oxygen, potassium, chloride etc are made up of atoms. Cell molecules carry out all sorts of complicated actions, including making proteins from instructions embedded within the cell (DNA and RNA) and generating energy.

The elements that naturally occur in animals include (in order of descending percent body weight, approx.): oxygen (65%); carbon (19%); hydrogen (10%); nitrogen (3%); calcium (1%); phosphorus (1%); potassium (0.2%); sulfur (0.1%); sodium (0.1%); chlorine (0.1%); magnesium (0.1%); manganese (0.1%); iron (0.1%); copper (0.1%); iodine (0.1%). (Source: The Chemistry of Animal Life by Laura Klappenbach). Since your body is made up of an average of 57% of water (H20) it makes sense that Oxygen and Hydrogen make up 75% of your body’s element make up.

So, at a very basic level and in very simple terms we are made up of basic elements which are made up of atoms. This fact can help us target cell health Cheap Generic viagra Canada for good body systems and at the end of the day your Dick’s erections are generally a reflection of your body’s health.

Treatment of Infertility

Treatment of Infertility

Other specialised treatment will depend on the underlying cause. Chronic medical illnesses, such as cirrhosis, kidney failure, sickle-cell disease or haemochromatosis, may respond to proper treatment of the underlying condition. Male infertility can be treated successfully in many cases.

Drug Therapies

Drug therapy for male infertility includes medications to improve sperm production, treat hormonal dysfunction, cure infections that compromise sperm, and fight anti-sperm antibodies. Hormone therapy may be effective in cases of testosterone deficiency. Antibiotics may be used to treat infections of the urinary tract, testes and prostate, as well as STIs that can impair fertility.

Assisted Reproduction Therapy

These are specialised procedures, such as artificial insemination, whereby the woman is injected with carefully prepared sperm from the husband, partner or a donor.

IVF or in vitro fertilisation was originally devised as a means of helping infertile women who had blocked tubes. However, this technique has now been expanded to help men with fertility issues. Human ova can be fertilised using this technique for some men with low sperm counts.

GIFT (gamete intrafallopian transfer) is a technique in which eggs or ova are retrieved in a manner similar to IVF but here the sperm are mixed together with the egg and both are injected directly into the fallopian tube for fertilisation to occur. This can be a successful treatment option for some men who are infertile.

How Can I Improve My Fertility?

It is generally accepted that the sperm count of men has been declining in recent years. There may be many varied reasons for this. Breakdown products of the female contraceptive pill in recycled drinking water have been suggested as a possible factor. Other environmental, dietary and lifestyle changes may interfere with men’s sperm production. Therefore improving your diet and making healthy lifestyle choices can help your own fertility and reproductive health.

If you smoke, stop. Amongst many other adverse health effects, cigarette smoke lowers both sperm count and its ability to move.

Consuming excess amounts of alcohol reduces both the quantity and quality of sperm, so keep within recommended limits of no more than 21 units per week. Recreational drugs Kamagra Canada such as cannabis can also be associated with sluggish and unusually shaped sperm.

Being physically active and fit is also good for your fertility. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise a day and more if possible.

Carrying excess body fat can potentially affect your hormones so keep your belly in shape, in other words less than 37 inches in girth. Generally your body mass index should be less than 25 unless you are very muscular.

Because infertility is sometimes caused by sexually transmitted infections, practising safer sex behaviours may minimise the risk of future infertility. Gonorrhoea and chlamydia are the two most frequent causes of STI-related infertility. STIs are often asymptomatic so using a condom is essential.

Mumps immunisation has been well demonstrated to prevent mumps and its male complication, orchitis. Immunisation with the MMR vaccine prevents mumps-related sterility.

The Health Benefits of Losing Weight

If an obese man can lose 10 per cent of his body weight there are major health gains (10 per cent of body weight in many cases would be about 10 kilograms, which is about 22 pounds):

  • You may need to take less medication.
  • Psychological benefits – you may feel better and have a better quality of life.
  • You can reduce your chance of dying from obesity-related conditions.
  • If you have high blood pressure, you can reduce your pressure by 10 mmHg (see Chapter 5). A blood pressure of 140/90 can become 130/80, which may help avoid the need for long-term medication.
  • If your fasting blood sugar level is raised (known as impaired glucose tolerance), then you can reduce your chances significantly of getting diabetes. If you have diabetes your blood sugars will be lower and you will be better able to control your diabetes.
  • Your cholesterol levels will improve: your total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels will decrease and your HDL (good) cholesterol levels can increase.

What Should I Do if I am Overweight or Obese?

The key to losing weight and body fat can be summed up in one word: action. Knowledge and understanding always precede change. Informing yourself about the health issues relating to weight and obesity allows you to make informed choices. Simply measuring your belly circumference with a tape measure will give you a reasonable picture of where you are. Understanding the health risks and also the huge benefits of taking action can be a great stimulus for positive change.

Of course the challenge is to make some positive changes that will improve your overall health. The only reliable way to lose excess weight and body fat is to burn up fat by regular physical exercise (preferably daily) and to reduce your calorie intake by focusing on healthy eating patterns.

Some Keys to Reducing Weight and Body Fat:

  • It is not easy to lose body fat and there is no quick fix.
  • Keep a food, mood and exercise diary. I think it is useful to keep a detailed diary over the course of a week of everything you eat and drink, including alcohol, and also a record of your exercise levels. Keeping a record of your mood as well will allow you to see if comfort eating can be a factor for you, as some men tend to eat more or drink more alcohol if they are under stress Viagra Australia Pharmacy. This can help give you insight into not only what you eat but also the where, when and why. Reflect on how you feel at times when you eat. Do you comfort eat? If so, learn to create a number of new coping strategies, such as drinking a pint of water or going for a walk instead.
  • Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast. Meals should not be skipped as hunger pangs can then set in, which can greatly lower one’s resistance to chocolate and high-fat snacks. ‘Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and sup like a pauper1 – this old saying is very true. From personal experience I know that many people with weight problems don’t eat a decent breakfast and make up for this by piling in lots of excess calories, often late into the night. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and can give your day a great start.

Penis Pumps – A Treatment Option For Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as male impotence is a type of sexual dysfunction. The main characteristic of this sexual dysfunction is the inability to sustain an erection long enough to experience a satisfying sexual performance. Physical, psychological or relation problems are the primary causative factors behind impotence. Identification of the causes and their focused treatment is a must if you want to treat impotence.

Erectile dysfunction treatment – A brief history

Erectile dysfunction, as a problem, has been around for centuries. Since the time, this problem was identified; various treatments have been created or identified by the physician of different eras. Treatment options for erectile dysfunction included various therapies, many of them of an exotic nature. Oral medications were also offered to sufferers. Old world physicians, doctors, magicians and shamans, had identified various herbs, plants and foods that reportedly treated erectile dysfunction. Some of these treatment options actually worked and many of the herbs have been “re-discovered’ by new age doctors who are using them to develop revolutionary new medications. It is thought aphrodisiacs were first developed to treat problems related to impotence. But, there is very little evidence to support this thought.

In the US, earliest medication for impotence or erectile dysfunction was in the form of goat glands that were inserted into the penis. The treatment begun in 1920s by Dr. Brinkley also advocated the use of mercurochrome injections. It didn’t take too long for his license to be revoked. It was in the 1970s that penile implants appeared on the scene and were inserted. But, it was not until the mid 1980s that the first modern medication was developed for the treatment of impotence. The non-specific vasodilator injection which brought about smooth muscle relaxation was first utilized by Dr. Brindley. This is the discovery that formed the basis for all subsequent ED medications.

Unhealthy lifestyle and erectile dysfunction

It should come as no surprise that there are various lifestyle factors that can be linked to impotence or erectile dysfunction. Smoking is one of the primary lifestyle factors leading to ED. Smoking puts a person at risk of suffering from atherosclerosis, which results in a decrease of blood flow throughout the body. This means there is also a reduction in blood flow to the penis, leading to erectile problems. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle or are overweight, it increases your chances of suffering from ED. An excessive drinking habit restricts the blood flow to the penis restricting erectile functioning. Because of these factors the first thing that patients are asked to do is to take steps to change their lifestyle.

Clinical tests to diagnose ED

There are a number of clinical tests used to diagnose impotence or ED:

  • Duplex ultrasound

Works by injecting prostaglandin; a type of hormone that induces erection. Ultrasound tests are then conducted for the evaluation of blood flow, atherosclerotic signs and other symptoms

  • Penile angiogram and viagra australia

This invasive test is used to visualize the circulation taking place in the penis.

Other clinical tests that are commonly used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction are penile nerves function, nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT), penile biothesiometry, dynamic infusion cavernosometry, corpus cavernosometry, digital subtraction angiography and magnetic resonance angiography.

Efficacy of penis pumps in order to cure erectile dysfunction

Penis pumps create an area of vacuum around the penis. The chamber that is a part of the penis pump is placed over the penis and the device is then pumped to create suction inside the chamber. This action increases the blood flow to the penis, which helps you to get an erection. The effectiveness of penis pumps cannot be denied as they also help correct the curvature of the penis. Most people suffering from erectile dysfunction have experienced stronger and more long lasting erections after using these pumps.

The Development of ED

A thorough understanding of a patient’s ED should involve a formulation of the development increased susceptibility to ED. These could be mental conditions of the patient, such as stress, an anxious personality style, or feelings of sexual inadequacy. They may also be conditions of the sexual relationship, primarily some form of relationship strain or dysfunction (e.g., conflict, lack of emotional intimacy, or mistrust). Triggering factors are those events that precipitate ED. Physical triggering events may be an illness, injury, or   medication change. The most common psychological precipitant to erectile dysfunction is a single episode of erection difficulty. Whether this one event develops into a condition of ED depends on the presence of vul of the disorder. It is helpful in this effort to identify the chronological ordering of: vulnerability factors, triggering factors, exacerbating factors, and maintaining factors. Each of these categories may contain either nerability or exacerbating factors. A change in the man’s mental or emotional state can trigger ED, such as changes in stress levels or the onset of a depressive episode. A common relationship event that may lead to the onset of ED is the start of a new relationship, which is often associated with increased anxiety and fears of rejection. Canadian health care viagra online

Exacerbating factors are conditions that follow the onset of the ED and increase the likelihood  that  isolated occasions of  erection difficulty generalize into a persistent period of ED. These are typically the individual’s and the partner’s response to the lack of an erection at times it is expected. Performance anxiety is the most common response on the part of the man that causes an exacerbation of normal fluctuations in erectile response. This is commonly seen in men who are predisposed to performance anxiety due to an underlying personality trait, unrealistic expectations of their own sexual response or feelings of sexual inadequacy.

Even one occasion of less than optimal erectile response can quickly mushroom into persistent ED because performance anxiety then interferes in subsequent sexual situations.

The partner’s response to the onset of an erection problem is also crucial. If the partner responds in a relaxed and supportive fashion, the man is less likely to develop performance anxiety. Occasional lapses in erections are over-looked and the couple is able to continue to enjoy the sexual relationship. However, if the partner reacts negatively to the onset of an erection problem, the man will be at greater risk of escalating frequency of ED. Most often the origin of the partner’s overreaction is her or his own fear of the meaning of the sexual problem.