by Men's Health Clinic
As we enter a brand new year, it’s the perfect time to seize the opportunities that come with new beginnings and personal growth. One area that deserves attention and can significantly enhance your overall well-being is your sexual confidence.
In today’s society, male sexuality often faces various taboos, from mental health issues to sexual dysfunctions like premature ejaculation (PE) and erectile dysfunction (ED). The start of a new year symbolises a chance to break free from these constraints and take proactive steps towards a more fulfilling and confident sexual experience.
In this guide, we’ll provide you with steps that can help you prevent these dysfunctions and enhance your sexual confidence.
Steps to overcome erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation
A crucial aspect of addressing ED and PE is adopting a healthy diet. The UK National Health Service (NHS) provides valuable advice on dietary choices that can positively impact your sexual health.
Begin your day by not skipping breakfast, as advised by the NHS. Instead, focus on a healthy breakfast with low fat, salt and sugar but high in fibre.
People are advised to eat more fish, around two portions every week. One of the portions should ideally be oily fish like salmon, mackerel, or sardines. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can support overall cardiovascular health, including blood flow.
Fruits and vegetables are a given, with five a day recommended. These natural sources of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants contribute to your overall well-being, including sexual health.
Unsaturated fats like avocados, oily fish, and vegetable oils are ideal. These healthy fats can positively impact cardiovascular health, which is essential for optimal blood flow to the penis. For unsaturated fat in foods like cakes and cream, it is suggested that men should not consume any more than 30 grams per day.
It should come as no surprise that exercise limits the risk of sexual dysfunction. One NHS study indicated that men who perform physical activity were more likely to have less PE.
The Australian government provided some excellent guidelines for men aged 18 to 64. Every week, men should ideally:
· Practice 1.25-2.5 hours worth of vigorously intense physical activity like aerobics, soccer or fast cycling.
· Practice 2.5-5 hours worth of moderately intense physical activity.
· An ideal combination of moderately intense and vigorously intense physical activities.
As noted in an NHS report, stress is a big contributor to potential ED, which makes managing stress even more important. The Australian Psychology Association of Australia provides some tips for stress management.
They recommend identifying what causes one’s stress as one of the initial steps. Recognising the signs of stress can also be useful for identifying that you are currently under stress, even if not initially apparent.
It’s also helpful to keep things in perspective. Instead of imagining the worst-case scenario, one is reminded to see if one is overestimating the problem or underestimating oneself.
According to an NHS report, men are advised not to consume beyond three or four units per day.
With cigarettes, even minimal use can be harmful. The National Cancer Institute points out that consuming one cigarette a day can lead to cancer-related problems and premature death.
Research compiled in the National Library of Medicine suggests that alcohol has been linked with many sexual dysfunctions including premature ejaculation and ED.
Research from the Baylor College of Medicine also suggests that smoking is heavily linked with incidences of ED.
Regular check-ups from professionals should always be part of your routine. They can help diagnose any potential problems in your lifestyle that may need correcting.
An alarming number of individuals who suffer from erectile dysfunction and PE supposedly remain undiagnosed. This is in part due to the taboos associated with sexual dysfunction.
Medical professionals can ascertain such conditions that may seem invisible and non-existent while still being bound by confidentiality laws.
Self-acceptance and embracing your individuality are vital steps in unlocking sexual confidence, particularly when addressing erectile dysfunction (ED) and premature ejaculation (PE).
The term “radical self-acceptance” is sometimes used to describe the concept of recognising one’s experiences and flaws as part of oneself. To radically “self-accept,” one must accept every aspect of themselves without exception. Yes, that includes negative and undesirable traits. But to clarify, radical self-acceptance doesn’t just give a blanket excuse for one’s negative qualities. Rather, it promotes a renewed self-awareness of them without having excessive emotional attachment.
This process allows one to better forgive one’s self for their mistakes and provides the groundwork for self-compassion. With this self-acceptance, you have greater control of your emotions and gain better self-confidence.
Embracing your authentic self is a transformative experience. The journey towards sexual confidence starts with accepting and embracing yourself as a whole, with all your imperfections and strengths. By accepting and embracing your unique qualities, both desirable and undesirable, you can align with your true nature and unleash the confidence needed to address and overcome ED and PE.
Communication is the basis for any healthy relationship, especially when the relationship is dealing with sensitive topics like erectile dysfunction (ED) and premature ejaculation (PE).
The key to tackling this challenge is persistently engaging in open discussions with your partner. Take the time to have regular conversations about ED and PE, allowing both of you to learn and grow from trial and error.
Being consistent in promoting ongoing communication will do wonders not just for your relationship but for your self-confidence.
In conclusion, overcoming erectile dysfunction (ED) and premature ejaculation (PE) is a journey that requires patience, understanding, and a proactive approach. By following the steps outlined above, individuals and couples can take significant strides towards reclaiming their sexual well-being and strengthening their relationships.
Seeking professional help from healthcare providers specialising in sexual health is crucial. They can provide accurate diagnoses, personalised treatment plans, and valuable guidance throughout the process.
Remember, you are not alone on this journey. With the right resources, support, and determination, it is possible to overcome ED and PE and embrace a satisfying and fulfilling sexual life.
Book a free consultation with the Men's Health Clinic (MHC) to start your new year with newly found confidence!
With one of our Senior Patient Coordinators who can provide you with more information regarding bespoke treatment options.