Our dicks can be pretty temperamental things...
Few guys get through life without having a boner pop up at an inopportune time. From walking down the high school hallway with your books covering your junk to standing awkwardly against the wall by the water cooler until your stiffie passes, your penis can be an awful lot like an embarrassing friend who never leaves your side.
As if surprise erections weren't bad enough, sometimes the little fucker won't get hard at all! That's what we are talking about today. Getting a poorly-timed erection is pretty bad, but it's not even close to as bad as not getting one when you need it. Hell, someone might like what they see with the surprise erection, but not too many guys get riled up at the sight of a limp dick.
So, what's a guy gotta do to get a reliable erection around here?
These tips should tell you everything you need to know to give your wang the edge it needs to stand and deliver when it matters most.
10. Eat Better Food
Your erectile health is largely dependent on the overall health of your cardiovascular system. An erection occurs when blood is pumped into the ductwork of your willy and the quality and quantity of that pumping blood rests solely on the strength and efficiency of the heart that is doing the pumping.
I'm not a doctor, so I am not going to start handing out dietary advice, but I will say that there is a lot of evidence to support the idea that certain heart-healthy foods like whole grains, fruits, and healthy fats like those found in nuts and avocados can improve erectile function by keeping your circulatory system in tip-top condition.
Do some research of your own or talk to a dietician or your doctor about which foods you should be eating to keep your ticker on top of making your dick thicker. Remember, if it's good for your heart, it's good for your hard-on!
9. Get That Cardio!
Keeping your heart healthy takes more than just eating some whole-grain avocado toast- You also need to get your body used to efficiently moving blood around your body. The best way to do that is to get out and get a little cardio.
Running or jogging is probably a better way to go to get that cardio because spending too much time on a bike has been shown to increase the chances of suffering from erectile dysfunction. Besides, wearing those tight biking shorts might show off your sweet gams, but it's not doing your crotch's circulation any favors.
8. Avoid Diabetes
Diabetes has been shown to have a serious effect on erectile health because it hits your system with a one-two punch of dampening nervous sensitivity in the penis and rapidly deteriorating cardiovascular health in general.
Do what you can to stay fit and eat right. Make sure you are maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, and get regular exercise. The more trim you are, the more healthy your erections will be, both through physical fitness and the increased confidence levels that come with being fit.
7. Quit The Cigs
Again, this all comes down to cardiovascular health. Right out of the gate, smoking constricts your blood vessels which makes it more difficult for your blood to get to where it needs to be. Beyond that, smoking makes exercise more difficult and, thus, a thing you are less likely to want to do.
Finally, smoking causes your penile tissue to be less elastic. This means it will not be able to stretch as much as it should. The obvious result of that is a smaller penis and a softer erection. In fact, one study showed that smokers' penises are smaller than those of non-smokers.
6. Have A Cuppa Joe
O.K., up to this point these tips have basically been about denial or putting in more physical effort of something. Don't eat greasy foods, don't smoke, run more, etc. but now we are finally coming to some more palatable tips. In this case, you should just go ahead and have that cup of coffee in the morning- Hell, have two or three!
Studies have shown that men who consume enough coffee to equal about two or three cups of coffee a day are significantly less likely to suffer from erection problems than those who stick to caffeine-free drinks.
Really, though, I probably wasn't going to convince you to give up your morning go-juice either way. Luckily, I didn't have to- Drink up!
5. Or Maybe A Glass Of Red Wine Is More Your Thing?
There have been numerous studies that link moderate red wine consumption to healthier cardiovascular systems. As we know, healthy cardiovascular systems produce healthy erections.
While the mechanism behind this is still largely mysterious, the numbers consistently tell the same tale- A little red wine is good for your ticker. Some scientists think it is the antioxidants that are doing the trick, others say it's the alcohol itself. Either way, I'm not going to question it- Bottoms up!
4. Put A Ring On It
Now we're getting into some really fun stuff, here!
Cock rings are an incredible aid for helping you to achieve and maintain erections. The way they work is so simple that it's ridiculous. You put the ring on and it traps the blood that flows into your penis so that it can't flow out. Even if you have healthy, strong erections, they can make your penis look and feel bigger as long as you have it on.
A nice bonus to all that is they also make sex feel better because all of that extra blood means extra oxygen in your penis. Extra oxygen in your penis means heightened nervous sensitivity. Even better than that, heightened nervous sensitivity makes getting an erection even easier. It's a win/win/win sorta situation!
TLDNR: Cock rings are fuckin' awesome and they will make your dick harder!
3. Get Some Sleep!
Sleep plays a much bigger role in your erectile health than you think and so do those nocturnal stiffies! We've all woken up with an insanely hard, raging boner from time to time. Turns out, these boners aren't evidence of a super-sexy dreaming life, but are actually a method your body uses to maintain elasticity and healthy blood flow to the penis.
Most men get and lose an erection around thirty times per night while they sleep. All of that inflation and deflation keeps your penile tissue and blood vessels in optimum condition for maintaining and achieving erections. The more you sleep, the more boners you get. The more boners you get while asleep, the healthier your dick will be.
You don't have to accept my advice now- Just promise that you'll sleep on it!
2. Try A Supplement
We've all seen those little blister packs of pills with funny names like "Horny Goat Weed" or whatever that claim to help you get erections. I used to scoff and pass them over like most guys until I started to look into things.
It turns out that there is a lot of evidence that many of these ingredients actually do improve your circulation and, therefore, your erectile function. The heaviest hitters are red ginseng, Yohimbe, and the hilariously-named horny goat weed. Extenze Original Formula has all of these ingredients and more and is one of the most popular supplements out there for guys looking to get and stay hard.
While it may be easy to pass these by as snake-oil, just a little research into the effects of some of the individual ingredients should be enough to convince you that they are worth a shot. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!
2. Prostate Massage? Yes, Please!
First of all, prostate massage has several benefits for male health in general that go beyond improving erectile function. Regular prostate massage has been shown to help prevent prostate cancer, ease the symptoms of prostatitis, relieve difficulty urinating due to a swollen prostate, and can even be milked to diagnose serious medical conditions.
For our purposes, though, we're focusing on its erectile benefits. Your prostate plays an important, though not entirely understood, role in your erectile health. Most men find it very arousing to have their prostate massaged. Obviously, that makes erections easier to achieve. It is also a great way to keep your prostate healthy in a more general sense and this can prevent erectile dysfunction because prostate problems are one of the leading causes of physical inability to achieve an erection.
If you have no idea what the hell I'm talking about, you are really missing out on something great. Prostate massage is one of the most intense, sensual experiences a men can have in the bedroom and the power of a prostate orgasm is second-to-none.
Check out our guide to prostate massage to get the lowdown on your magic button. It's an excellent roadmap for newbies looking to find that sweet spot and offers suggestions to help you choose the perfect massager to take you to the P-Spot promised land.
1. Talk To Your Doctor
When all is said and done, if you are actually having erectile difficulty, it's probably better that you talk to your doctor before taking the advice of some dude on the internet. I'm not saying it's bad advice- it works for me- but it's certainly not medical advice.
If your little general isn't rallying the troops like he used to, it's time to talk to a doc.